Human Rights City

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Human Rights proclamation Pittsburgh

Youth celebrating Pittsburgh becoming the 5th Human Rights City in the US

In 2011 Pittsburgh City Council issued a proclamation declaring Pittsburgh the 5th Human Rights City in the United States. It is time for our city to live up to its pledge to protect our citizen’s rights. On December 10th we will highlight the various human rights concerns we would like addressed by the new administration.  

AFSC stands vigil at CO immigrant detention center

AFSC stands vigil at CO immigrant detention center

We stand vigil, some recite poetry, we fight against injustice as it stares us in the face.

Pittsburgh Human Rights Proclamation Ceramony

Youth celebrating after proclamation ceramony.

One of the youth celebrating after the proclamation ceramony.  Her sign reads: "Your human rights are protected by law."

Pittsburgh Human Rights Proclamation Ceremony

One of the youth celebrating on the steps of City Hall after the proclamation cermony.

Pittsburgh declared 5th Human Rights City in the US.

On April 19 AFSC’s Racial Justice Through Human Rights (RJTHR) youth group accomplished their goal when Pittsburgh was declared a Human Rights City. Youth from the Pittsburgh Young Leaders Academy joined the RJTHR youth during the presentation of the proclamation in a ceremony during City Council. Five of the RJTHR youth accepted the Proclamation and spoke about their hope and concerns for the future of Pittsburgh.  

Pittsburgh becomes a Human Rights City

Tuesday, April 19, 2011 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

The AFSC PA, Racial Justice Through Human Rights youth group has called on the City Council to take the first  step to address racial injustices in the City of Pittsburgh by issuing a proclamation declaring Pittsburgh a Human rights City. The Proclamation will be signed by City Council on April 19th.

AFSC has been partnering with the Pittsburgh Young Leaders Academy, PYLA and after the reading of the proclamation all the youth will march from the City-County building to Market Square to celebrate the proclamation.

City of Pittsburgh Human Rights Proclamation

Proclamation by Pittsburgh City Council declaring Pittsburgh a Human Rights City.

Youth program on Racial Justice Through Human Rights - First Phase

“Racism is ignorance and it’s been going around for a long time. If we don’t so anything about it now, it will continue to be around for generations. We have to deal with it.” Quote from youth.

What is racism? What are our human rights, and how do we create an environment in which all rights are respected. These are some of the concepts the American Friends Service Committee, (AFSC) Racial Justice Through Human Rights youth group have been learning about and reflecting on.

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