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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.  

Celebrating Pittsburgh being declared a Human Rights City

Pittsburgh Racial Justice Through Human Rights Youth and Pittsburgh Cares, Pittsburgh Young Leaders Academy celebrating Pittsburgh becoming a Human Right City on the steps of the City County building.

City of Pittsburgh Human Rights Proclamation

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

Modeling the Future: Fair Housing and Human Rights

Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 8:00am

The 25th Annual Symposium

Please remember to reserve the time on your calendar for the 25th Annual Symposium of the Des Moines Human Rights Commission sponsored by the Greater Des Moines Friends of Human Rights Inc.* and Des Moines University!

8:00 AM-4:00 PM  No charge for attendance at this event lunch will be provided! Registration required!

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.

Hassel Lines

Youth in Pittsburgh Racial Justice through Human Rights exploring ways to address conflicts using Hassel Lines.

Congressional Briefing: How US Policy Impacts Us

Tuesday, March 8, 2011 - 9:00am - 10:30am

Chicago Hearing

Mock Congressional Hearing held in Chicago, April 2010.


City of Des Moines Human Rights Day Celebration

Friday, December 10, 2010 - 3:00pm

You are invited to:

“Speak up and Stop Discrimination” Human Rights Day 2010

"History of the Des Moines Commission"

Author, Drake University Professor Carol Spaulding-Kruse Poet, Val Weaver Performance by the members of the DM Diversity Chorus Refreshments

Sponsored by the Des Moines Human Rights Commission

For more info contact:

Rudy Simms <>     

City of Des Moines: Human Rights

602 Robert D. Ray Drive

Des Moines, IA 50309-1868

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