Yesterday was Human Rights Day, an annual international celebration of the creation of the United Nations’ adoption and proclamation (on December 10, 1948), of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
In Pittsburgh, this day was marked by a rally at which 50 community advocates braved the December cold to call upon the city to live up to its promise to be a Human Rights City. Just Harvest Executive Director Ken Regal was among several speakers at the event. His remarks follow:
|In 2006, Nelson Mandela spoke these words at an Amnesty International Conference:
In Pittsburgh in 2013 and 2014 and beyond, the task for us is to recognize that these words are not only moral truths, but practical politics as well.
If we try to develop our city without the participation of all concerned, we will fail.
If our poor neighbors are denied access to power to shape policies, our community will fail.
But if our goal is build a city in which fundamental human rights are respected and universal, we will have justice and we will succeed.