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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.



  • Communication Justice: Human Rights & Technology:
    • Sunday February 18, 2018 4:30-6:30PM at Carnegie Mellon University, Restore the Fourth and CMU's Students for a Democratic Society will host a public teach-in on mass surveillance and how you can protect your digital privacy. Porter Lecture Hall, Room 100.
    • Thursday February 22, 2018 6:30-8:30PM Health and Human Services Building 1 Smithfield Street Downtown PGH. Technology, Human Rights, and Social Transformation. Join diverse residents of our city in a conversation about the role of technology in our communities and how we can work together to ensure that technology is used to advance human rights and justice in our city rather than to further racial and class inequities. (Homestead Grays Room)
  • Monday February 19: Planning for March 8 Pittsburgh International Womens' Strike Department of Human Services at 1 Smithfield in Downtown Pittsburgh. RSVP on Facebook or email
  • Saturday Feb. 24th, 12 - 3pm MLK Celebration + Get Involved Meeting: PA Poor People's Campaign Giving Heart Community Center 816 Climax St. Pgh, PA 15210. Fifty years ago this spring, Dr. King was assassinated while leading the Poor People’s Campaign, a multi-racial movement of poor people to end poverty, racism, and war. Now, poor people’s organizations across the country are reigniting Dr. King’s vision in the new Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. Join Put People First! PA as we remember Dr. King, study the original Poor People’s Campaign, and talk about how to get involved in the new Poor People’s Campaign in Pennsylvania. More info at and Lunch will be provided and we will have childcare available. The facility is wheelchair accessible. Please RSVP to Facebook:
  • March 8th International Womens' Day: Pittsburgh International Womens' Strike
  • Monday March 26th 6:00-8:00PM Gender, Racial and Environmental Justice Jacqueline Patterson, Director, NAACP Climate Justice Program Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, University of Pittsburgh Campus, Schenley Drive.
  • 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.

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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e-mail: pghrights [at]

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