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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.

Forged for All? Amazon HQ2 & the Future of Pittsburgh See recording of our Feb. 10 Forum and find resources on this issue.

Featured Event:

NEW Research on Pittsburgh and Human Rights Organizing:
Responding to Globalization and Urban Conflict: Human Rights City Initiatives Studies in Social Justice



  • Thursday March 15 7-8:30PM--Forum on serving local LGBT youth-Church of the Redeemer in Squirrel Hill (5700 Forbes Ave). Speakers: J. Coley Alston, youth care coordinator and foster care specialist at Persad Center; Julian Gill-Peterson, author of Histories of the Transgender Child; Shauna Lucadamo, Gender and Sexuality Advisor for the Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS), and the Project Manager for the getREAL initiative and co-facilitator of the DHS Inclusion Steering Committee.
  • Sunday March 25th is the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. We hope residents and community leaders will use this opportunity to engage in some activity to promote human rights learning, consciousness-raising, and historical truth-telling.
  • Monday March 26th 6:00-8:00PM Environmental Justice is Racial Justice is Gender JusticeJacqueline Patterson, Director, NAACP Climate Justice Program Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, University of Pittsburgh Campus, Schenley Drive. (Reception following the talk) Download Flier
  • Saturday March 31 11:00AM -1:00PM "Pittsburgh’s Economic Revitalization: Technology, Corporate Power, and Democratic Accountability" Human Services Building, 1 Smithfield St. Downtown Pittsburgh Liberty Room. As Pittsburgh seeks to attract Amazon’s 2nd headquarters, residents are invited to consider how efforts to transform Pittsburgh from an industrial to a globally competitive, high-tech economy impact the human rights and priorities of residents. Panelists will provide information about the city’s bid to host Amazon and other companies looking to do business in our city. Speakers: Kelauni Cook, Black Tech Nation; Laura Wiens, Pittsburghers for Public Transit, Rich Lord, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  • Saturday March 31 9:00AM-1:30PM **Community Summit on Violence against Women and Girls,** Pittsburgh Theological Seminary 616 N. Highland Ave. Organized by the Greater Pittsburgh Coalition Against Violence and the Black Political Empowerment Project.
  • Monday April 9 7:00-9:00PM “Reflections on 400 Years of Inequality” Mindy Thompson Fullilove, M.D. Bayer Hall-Pappert Lecture Hall, Duquesne University. 2019 marks the 400th anniversary of the first arrival of Africans in Jamestown, to be sold into bondage. This talk will reflect on the costs of inequality, and the call for the US to prepare for and observe 2019 as the anniversary of Jamestown. (see:
  • Wednesday, April 11, 2018, Fair Housing Act 50th Anniversary Commemoration. 12:00-4:00PM August Wilson Center 980 Liberty Ave. PGH. (Lunch provided) The City of Pittsburgh's Commission on Human Relations invites you to learn about fair housing rights and realities in our city. Keynote Speaker, Dr. Alvin Pearman, Pitt Center for Urban Education. Registration is free/space is limited. Register at:
  • Tuesday April 24th 6:00PM (Location TBA/University of Pittsburgh-Oakland): Housing as a Human Right: Legal and Ethical Considerations Panel commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act. Co-sponsored by the City of Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations, University of Pittsburgh's Urban Studies Program, and the Pitt Human Rights Working Group. Speakers: Gerald S. Dickinson, Esq., Assistant Professor of Law, University of Pittsburgh School of Law & Jackie Smith, Professor of Sociology, University of Pittsburgh; Coordinator, Pittsburgh Human Rights City Alliance

Regularly scheduled meetings

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 Initiative
  • 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

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.

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