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PA Advocacy Day to End Gun Violence

AI Group 39 is partnering with CeaseFirePA and many other organizations to demand action on gun violence at the PA State Capitol in Harrisburg on Tuesday, May 7, 2024. To sign up, use this link:

4,600 Pennsylvanians are victims of gun violence every year. Each death or long-term injury leaves behind devastated families and torn-apart communities. Gun violence has been (and continues to be) a major campaign focus of Amnesty International USA. You can read more about AIUSA’s research on this topic here:

But there are proven measures to reduce the gun-violence epidemic: universal background checks, extreme risk protection orders, mandatory reporting of lost and stolen guns, safe storage requirements, etc. Last year, the PA House passed some of these measures, partially in response to a similar advocacy day in 2023. Now we need to push on the PA Senate to do their part, so that these bills can become law!

We hope you’ll join on May 7! You’ll meet with legislative offices and attend a mid-day rally on the front steps of the Capitol with elected leaders, survivors, youth, faith leaders, medical professionals, and other advocates to demand policies that would make Pennsylvania safer.

Sign up here:
Once you sign up, you’ll receive more information about transportation options (including buses and carpools), online training to prepare for your meetings, and an exciting list of speakers for the rally.

2023 Write for Human Rights

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Join Amnesty International Pittsburgh (Group 39) and many other inspiring Pittsburgh rights groups and community leaders on Monday, December 11, 2023, 6-9pm at Calvary Episcopal Church for our annual Write-for-Rights event.

This year marks the 38th annual gathering in Pittsburgh! During the event you can contribute to writing hundreds of letters on important human rights cases of our time.

Stop in and stay as long as you can. Write letters. Talk to other activists. Check out information tables about local groups working in Pittsburgh on local, national and international issues. There will be a candle-lighting ceremony at about 7:15pm.

Case information, letter writing materials, and light refreshments will be provided. Attendees are encouraged to wear face coverings while not eating or drinking.

Moving forward to end gun violence

A panel discussion with local elected and community leaders, co-sponsored by Amnesty International Group 39, CeaseFirePA, and Squirrel Hill Stands Against Gun Violence.

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Too many people in our communities are victims of shootings every year. However, community groups, public health experts, municipalities and members of the state government are pursuing concrete steps against gun violence. Which strategies are successful, and what can we do better in the Pittsburgh region?

Dan Frankel, State Representative
Erika Strassburger, Pittsburgh City Council
Rev. Eileen Smith, South Pittsburgh Coalition for Peace
Richard Garland, Violence Prevention Program
Moderation & Introduction: Josh Fleitman, CeaseFirePA

When: Wednesday, September 27, 7pm
Where: Calvary Episcopal Church, 315 Shady Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206