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Pittsburgh Human Rights City AllianceDignity & Justice for All of us"Human rights don't trickle down...they RISE UP!"

Please join our volunteer network of individuals and organizations around Pittsburgh working to promote human rights learning and to engage in activities that promote a human rights culture and advance programs and policies that will help us realize the vision of a true human rights city.

  • International Human Rights Day is Sunday December 10th!

    Share the word with others and take some action to learn about and/or work for human rights in our community. Please share our Letter to Congregation Leaders to invite community members to recognize this day.
  • International Human Rights Day Press Conference: Friday December 8th at 11:30AM at the City County Building 414 Grant St.
    Press conference organized in cooperation with the City’s Commission on Human Relations and Gender Equity Commission. Hear from city officials and residents about the human rights conditions and needs in our community.
    • As wars, political turmoil, and discrimination of all kinds create unprecedented numbers of refugees, human rights in the United States are under increasing threat. The recent oil spill in South Dakota, growing reports of sexual misconduct by men against women, persistent housing and food insecurity, and threats to health care coverage for millions of vulnerable persons all remind us of the need for us to engage in meaningful dialogue and actions to ensure that basic and fundamental human rights are protected, here in Pittsburgh and around the world. This year especially we highlight the fact that human rights are necessarily universal: they don’t end at the borders of any nation, state, or city. Human rights begin at home, right here in this Human Rights City of Pittsburgh! (Full press release)

Alerts & Updates
  • Campaign to Stop Plan to Increase Policing on Public Transit-- This campaign led by the Alliance for Police Accountability, Casa San Jose, Pittsburghers for Public Transit, and the Thomas Merton Center warns that the Port Authority's planned fare enforcement policy will unfairly impact communities of color, increase the problematic trend of criminalizing young people, and threaten immigrant residents.The campaign is calling for civilian fare enforcers rather than armed Port Authority Police and a citation process rather than a criminal process to deal with fare evasion (See FAQs for more information). Community organizations and individuals are asked to write letters to the Port Authority in support of this campaign (see sample letter).
  • PIttsburgh Public Schools Passes Sanctuary Resolution
  • Pittsburgh becomes 6th US City for CEDAW A broad coalition of human rights advocates helped advance a new ordinance enacting the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women in our City, December 6, 2016. Stay involved in the work to carry out this commitment to better address needs of women and girls, families and communities in our city!

University-Based Projects
  • Pittsburgh area university faculty, staff, and graduate students are invited to join the University Human Rights Network. We invite volunteers from different campuses to help support work on your campus and coordinate with other campuses.
  • Pitt Human Rights Project
  • Campus worker organizing: Pitt faculty, graduate student workers, and other workers are organizing for their rights and to support and protect the right to education. Keep informed about the campaign on their website and Facebook page


  • Monday November 20, 2017 4:30-6:30 Supporting Students of Immigrant Communities: A Panel on the Role of Educators and Allies at the University of Pittsburgh School of Education WWPH 4303 Please RSVP with this link: Panelists: Monica Ruiz, Casa San José; Jeimy Sanchez-Ruiz, Casa San José; Sheila Vélez Martínez, University of Pittsburgh Law School; Leslie Aizenman,Jewish Family and Children's Service of Pittsburgh; Barb Murdock, Allegheny County Department of Human Services; Vivian Varlotta, Brashear High School; Christine Tapu, Pittsburgh Public Schools; Jenna Baron, ARYSE;Sumana Misra-Zets, Community College of Allegheny County Moderated and Hosted by: Gigi Varlotta, CAPA High School; Suhail Gharaibeh-Gonzalez, CAPA High School; Serena Zets, CAPA High School; Zoe Vongtau, Baldwin High School
  • Sunday December 10th is International Human Rights Day! Take some action to remind others of the history of struggles for human rights and of our need to continue working together to defend and advance dignity and justice for everyone in our community! To list your event on our shared calendar, send information to: pghrights [at] riseup [dot] net.
    • International Human Rights Day Press Conference, hosted by the City of Pittsburgh Commission on Human Rights and Gender Equity Committee. Friday December 8th, 11:30 AM City-County Building Grant St. Entrance.Meet city officials working to end discrimination in our city and hear from community members most impacted by discriminatory policies and practices. Hear how groups are coming together in Pittsburgh and in our larger region to protect and promote human rights for everyone in our Human Rights City.
  • Saturday January 13, 2018 11AM-1PM-- Technology and Revolution--exploring questions about the role of technology in our society and how we can build a communications infrastructure that is inclusive and responsive to human rights needs. This project builds on the work of national communications justice organization, May First/People Link, and their campaign to convene tech and rev conversations
    in diverse communities. Carnegie Library /East Liberty 130 S. Whitfield St. Pittsburgh 15206
  • Saturday January 20, 2018 20th annual Summit Against Racism on Saturday January 20th at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, 616 N. Highland Avenue, Pgh 15206. Register online at

How to get involved

Please get in touch if you're interested in some of these ongoing projects or in efforts to follow-up some of these past initiatives. We are an all-volunteer group and are working to create spaces for residents to work together to envision and build a different kind of city and region. pghrights [at] riseup [dot] net.

  • VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Teach-In: Uniting Against Hate: How the prison industrial complex impacts our communities & what we can do to change it: A working group is organizing an event for this coming fall to help us learn more about the policies that divide and oppress our communities.Themes include: Criminalization & over-policing of communities of color; Deportations, detention centers, and privatized prisons; How mass incarceration debilitates people and communities; the school-to-prison pipeline; Barriers to life after prison. To help with this work, contact us at pghrights [at] riseup [dot] net or via facebook.

Dangerous Times: Defending Human Rights
“Values are fragile. Because the values of human rights depend foremost on the ability to empathize with others—to recognize the importance of treating others the way we would want to be treated—they are especially vulnerable to the demagogue’s exclusionary appeal. A society’s culture of respect for human rights needs regular tending, lest the fears of the moment sweep away the wisdom that built democratic rule.” Human Rights Watch "World Report 2017: Demagogues Threaten Human Rights-Trump, European Populists Foster Bigotry, Discrimination."

Defend Pittsburghers' Right to Stay in their City! Housing Justice
**Affordable Housing Initiative:** **Pittsburgh Housing Summit** (Resources and links to recordings of plenary sessions) "Don't evict Pittsburgh!" Housing is a human right! The essence of our city is people and communities--not buildings, businesses, and tourist attractions.Homes for All Pittsburgh

*The Human Rights City Alliance works to promote and support activities of all human rights advocates around the region. Please contact us about relevant events/activities to share: pghrigts [at] .

About the Human Rights City Alliance

How to Get Involved


Past events

World Food Day 2015: Watch video recording of October 2015 panel on the Right to Food
International Workers Day March for Immigrant Rights 2016 Statement of Unity and Solidarity

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” --Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Website: Facebook: pghrights
e-mail: pghrights [at]

Universal Declaration of Human Rights booklet with Pittsburgh's Human Rights City Proclamation