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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 Decade of People of African Descent 2015-2025--Recognition, Justice and Development

Indigenous Peoples Day is Thursday October 12th

Join Pittsburgh area residents to discuss and reflect on Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. See list of local book discussion meet-ups, or plan one in your neighborhood during October. This book can be purchased at local independent store, Classic Lines Books 5825 Forbes, Sq.Hill

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). Also, if you can give testimony at the Port Authority Board meeting on Friday September 29th 9:30AM. (Sign up to give testimony)
  • 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!
Take Action
  • Pittsburgh area university faculty, staff, and graduate students are invited to join the newly formed University Human Rights Network.
  • 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

Get involved in local human rights work*

  • September 15, 16 & 22, 23 (Friday & Saturday) 7:00 PM; Matinees 2:00PM Pump House 880 Ea. Waterfront Dr. "The Homestead Strike of 1892" An Original Play in One Act by Mark Clayton Southers of the Pittsburgh Playwrights. $20 Battle of Homestead Foundation
  • Wednesday September 20 12:00-1:30PM University of Pittsburgh, Posvar Hall 4130 “Can Workers Use International Law to Defend and Advance Human Rights? A Report Back from the 2017 International Labour Conference in Geneva” Antonia Domingo, Assistant General Counsel, United Steelworkers. Antonia traveled to the International Labor Organization (ILO) headquarters in Geneva this summer as part of the official U.S. State Dept. delegation. She'll reflect on questions such as: What lessons can workers take from the recent ILO meeting about how international labor laws might protect U.S. workers? How can U.S. workers connect with international labor and human rights advocates to defend and advance existing labor rights? What possibilities do workers have to push U.S. government authorities to respect international legal commitments? Panel discussion to follow with John Stoner, Dept. of History and Jackie Smith, Dept. of Sociology, (Lunch provided, free and open to the public).
  • Thursday September 28, 5:00-7:30PM Gentrification, Race, and Class: a Screening of East of Liberty: A Story of Good Intentions OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Union Ballroom, 4th floor, Duquesne Union Building, Duquesne University. Post-screening panel: Chris Ivey, documentarian; Alethea Sims, Coalition of Organized Residents of East Liberty; Randall Taylor, Penn Plaza Support and Action Coalition (and former resident, Penn Plaza Apartments); Prof. Pamela E. Walck (Media Department); Prof. Andrew Simpson (History Department)
  • Sunday October 8: 4.12K Run to support Casa San Jose's work for Immigrant Rights.
  • **Homes for All Workshops Series**
  • FALL (Date TBA) 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.

How to get involved

Housing Summit-Resources & Links
Uniting Against Hate: Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice and the U.S. Prison System
Annual report 2016--See what we accomplished last year!

Post-Election--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