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  66. Symbol of Domination
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  77. End The Shame
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  79. Letter to Chancellor Gallagher
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  1. Introduction
  2. Open Letter to the Board of Trustees
  3. University's Response to Open Letter
  4. Response to University
  5. YouTube Documentary
  6. Preuniversity Settlers
  7. Oakland Bill of Rights
  8. Declaration of Freedom
  9. Problems
  10. Solutions
  11. Actions
  12. UPMC
  13. PITT
    SempleFest
  14. Jul. '09
  15. Aug. '09
  16. Sept. '09
  17. Oct. '09
  18. Origin of SOUL
  19. WPXI - Group talks trash
  20. National Disgrace
  21. Gratitude
  22. Support Letters
  23. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
  24. Pittsburgh City Paper
  25. Media - Broken Trust?
  26. Feb. '10
  27. Jun. '10
  28. Done Deal?
  29. Mayor's Reply
  30. Pitt Fireworks
  31. Pitt Fireworks
  32. Pitt Fireworks
  33. Aug. '10
  34. Sep. '10
  35. Letter to Legislators
  36. Letter to Chancellor
  37. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
  38. A Call for Compassion
  39. WPXI Coverage
  40. Human Dignity
  41. Letter to the Editor
  42. SempleFest
  43. Request for Apology
  44. The Shame of a University
  45. Firebombs Must End
  46. Call To Action
  47. Fireworks Press Release
  48. Shadow on the Lawn
  49. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Article
  50. Right-to-Know Law Testimony
  51. University Impact Aid Law
  52. Proposal University Impact Aid Law
  53. Nordenberg Must Resign
  54. Allegheny County Council Testimony
  55. Time for New Leadership Message
  56. Time for New Leadership Testimony
  57. Class-Action Lawsuit?
  58. Nordenberg Must Resign Paid Message
  59. Time for A New Beginning
  60. Letter to the Editor
  61. Letter to the Editor
  62. Pittsburgh City Council Testimony
  63. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article
  64. A New Paradigm
  65. In Memoriam: Robert "Bob" Casciato
  66. Symbol of Domination
  67. Revised University Impact Aid Proposal
  68. Letter to Chancellor Gallagher
  69. Letter to Chancellor Gallagher
  70. Community Objectives
  71. Letter to Chancellor Gallagher
  72. City Planning Commission Testimonies
  73. Letter to Chancellor Patrick Gallagher
  74. Pittsburgh City Council Testimony
  75. Pittsburgh City Council Testimony
  76. Pittsburgh City Council Testimony
  77. End The Shame
  78. Pittsburgh City Council Testimony
  79. Letter to Chancellor Gallagher
  80. Letter to Chancellor Gallagher
  81. Decimation of an Urban Community
  82. Syndicate
  83. 18 Questions
  84. Dishonest Public Position

South Oakland Update:
September 2009

(Sent to political representatives, media, community organizations, concerned individuals.)

Congratulations are in order for Pittsburgh’s PBS station, WQED, for its production of “The Panther Hollow Story.” This 15-minute story on one of the first Italian-American neighborhoods in Pittsburgh was nominated for a Natas Mid-Atlantic Region Emmy in the category of Historic/Cultural feature or segment. The awards will take place later this month and all of Pittsburgh can be proud of the consistent high-quality programs WQED creates. The Panther Hollow story can be viewed at www.PantherHollow.us.

I received a call from the appointment office of the White House last week in response to an invitation that had been extended to the President to visit Panther Hollow. I was told that, due to time constraints of the G-20 Summit, the President would not be able to visit. When I inquired about our request for the President’s support concerning our grassroots movement efforts, the woman replied that her office only handled appointments.

Our grassroots movement wants to extend its deepest gratitude to a University of Pittsburgh faculty member who sent us an email following the August Update saying:

“I want to thank you for sharing these updates and your ongoing concerns about the problem of trash and littering in the Oakland Community. Although our Community Relations Committee does not meet in August, I will share these communications with the CRC in September as one of our first agenda items for 2009/10.”

It certainly takes courage for a faculty member to break ranks from other faculty members, and we certainly wish him well and hope he can be an inspiration to others as our movement continues to take more action.

As some of you know, this month marks the 30th month that our grassroots movement has been attempting to get Pitt and UPMC’s support for a clean and healthy environment in our community. What we are asking -- a 10-year commitment at $120,000 per year-- amounts to about $4 per year from a student’s tuition fee.

We have taken this issue step-by-step, from a meeting in a Pitt’s administrator’s office in March 2007 to letters to President Barack Obama. We are appalled at the lack of respect for the wishes of the elderly residents of our community and the lack of respect for the political and media people who are aware of this issue. Our movement may very well need the President’s support to break the arrogance of Pitt and UPMC administrators.

We have asked two of the congressional leaders of Hawaii, the birthplace of the President, Senator Daniel Inouye and Congressman Neil Abercrombie, to give support to our efforts to end this injustice against our community. Our next course of action will be to bring this issue once again to the attention of the national media.

We will keep you informed.

Carlino Giampolo
(808) 926-1752   
www.oaklanddignity.com

 

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