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Pittsburgh Human Rights City AllianceDignity & Justice for All of us
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.

Urgent Action Alerts
  • URGENT ACTION NEEDED NOW:The state legislature recently passed a bill that not only hides the identities of police officers who seriously harm or KILL people, but it goes further to criminally charge public officials who release those names to the public. We want Gov. Wolf to veto this bill. (Petition sponsored by Alliance for Police Accountability)
  • Please sign and share this petition to make Pittsburgh a formally designated "Sanctuary City" to protect immigrants
  • URGENT ACTION: Help local family affected by ICE/deportation threat

Pittsburgh Joins the Ranks of Cities for CEDAW
Activist coalition helps advance new ordinance enacting the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women in our City, December 6, 2016... Just in time for International Human Rights Day--December 10th.

International Decade of People of African Descent 2015-2025--Recognition, Justice and Development
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Other Pittsburgh Human Rights-Related Events*

  • Tuesday, December 6, 7-9 PM Affordable Housing Forum: R. Daniel Lavelle, City Councilman, District 6 & Co-Chair of Pittsburgh's Affordable Housing Task Force, will be joined by Michael Polite, CEO, Ralph A. Falbo, Inc. and other panelists to discuss affordable housing and economic development in Pittsburgh. Church of the Redeemer, 5700 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, 15217 412.422.7100
  • Wednesday, December 7 Join Amnesty International and other inspiring Pittsburgh rights groups and community leaders for our annual Write-a-thon and Human Rights Festival. Held from 6-9 pm at Calvary Episcopal Church, this year marks the 30th annual gathering, during which you contribute to writing between 500 and 1000 letters on important human rights cases of our time. Stop in and stay as long as you can. Write letters. Fortify yourself with the free refreshments.Candlelight Ceremony and City Council Proclamation at 7:30 pm. Link to Facebook invite.
  • Friday December 9 10:00AM International Human Rights Day Press Conference, City County Building downtown
  • Saturday December 10: International Human Rights Day--National Day of Action (Details and resources from US Human Rights Network)
  • Monday December 12, 5:30 -8:30 PM, Join Put People First! PA for Health Care is a Human Right Town Hall Forum at the Kingsley Association (6435 Frankstown Ave 15206). Light meal provided. Discussion about the future of healthcare and community members invited to speak out about their experiences with the healthcare system. Families are welcome! Childcare and activities for young people provided
  • Saturday January 21, 2017 Summit Against Racism--the 19th Summit Against Racism, at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary hosted this year by the Metro-Urban Institute and the Black and White Reunion. The conference will provide a forum for discussion about the current state of race relations in the U.S., what we have learned so far, and pathways to deeper understanding, healing and social action.
  • 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

Post-Election--Defending Human Rights
  • **Stand up for someone's rights today!** "Help break the toxic patterns of a fearful world and embark on a more peaceful, more sustainable future. We don’t have to stand by while the haters drive wedges of hostility between communities – we can build bridges. Wherever we are, we can make a real difference. In the street, in school, at work, in public transport; in the voting booth, on social media, at home and on the sports field. Wherever there is discrimination, we can step forward to help safeguard someone's right to live free from fear and abuse. We can raise our voices for decent values. We can join others to publicly lobby for better leadership, better laws and greater respect for human dignity." (#HumanRightsDay)
  • Teaching Tolerance: Talking with kids and adults about human rights "Speak up for civility"--Human Rights Educators USA
  • Building a society that works for all: This election showed the urgency of people's need for major changes in the basic structure of our economy and government policies. Neither presidential candidate offered that. There is a need to build grassroots movements for economic and social transformation rather than allowing elites to determine what kind of society we live in. "Politicians from both parties lionize the entrepreneur, casting poverty an individual shortcoming, a narrative that erases ...the structurally racist policies that have continued to maintain [white privilege]."
  • See examples of legislation passed in Human Rights Cities of Washington DC and Eugene Oregon's Inclusive Community Resolution.

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