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Human Rights City Initiatives as a Peoples Peace Process

Smith, Jackie (2019) Human Rights City Initiatives as a Peoples Peace Process. In: People’s Peace Processes. Syracuse University Press, New York, pp. 181-201. ISBN UNSPECIFIED

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Much peace research focuses on government-led, top-down interventions aimed at ending violent conflict. Less attention is devoted to the ways civil society groups help prevent conflicts from escalating into violence by promoting values and practices that foster social justice and peace. The Human Rights City initiative is an example of how popular groups are organizing to advance policies and support values and practices that nurture human rights and peace. Since the 1990s, activists around the world have been developing this model for addressing economic inequality, discrimination, and other root causes of conflict. This chapter examines the work of residents of Pittsburgh (including the author) to advance human rights in that city, which became the 5th human rights city in the United States in 2011. It considers how Human Rights Cities’ work to advance “dignity and justice for all residents” serves as a model for building a peoples’ peace that can reduce violence and foster justice in communities.


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Item Type: Book Section
Status: Published
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Smith, Jackiejgsmith@pitt.edujgsmith0000-0002-4808-0391
Date: November 2019
Date Type: Completion
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Place of Publication: New York
Page Range: pp. 181-201
Refereed: Yes
Title of Book: People’s Peace Processes
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Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2020 18:17
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2020 18:17


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