On June 22nd, 2015, a group of young people and AFSC staff from the DC Peace & Economic Justice Project and West Virginia's Appalachian Center for Equality (ACE) gathered for a week in order to discuss human rights and prepare for a day of meeting with elected officials. The DC Youth Human Rights Summit, a weeklong event now in its third year, was supported by Bethesda Friends Meeting as well as the Barrett Foundation.
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.
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.
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.
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