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  60. Letter to the Editor
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  64. A New Paradigm
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  77. End The Shame
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  79. Letter to Chancellor Gallagher
  80. Letter to Chancellor Gallagher
  81. March from P.H. to The Run
  82. Decimation of an Urban Community
  83. Public Comments
  84. 18 Questions
  85. Dishonest Public Position
  86. Belief Precedes Experience
  87. City Council Public Comments
  88. A Sacred Place
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  90. Letter to Council President
  91. March from P.H. to The Run
 
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[HOME]

  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. March from P.H. to The Run
  82. Decimation of an Urban Community
  83. Public Comments
  84. 18 Questions
  85. Dishonest Public Position
  86. Belief Precedes Experience
  87. City Council Public Comments
  88. A Sacred Place
  89. Investigations Needed by Oakland Residential Community
  90. Letter to Council President
  91. March from P.H. to The Run

A New Paradigm For Oakland

The following appeared as a featured commentary in the
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on December 12, 2013.

A new paradigm is emerging between the University of Pittsburgh and the community of Oakland that will lead to a positive future for Oakland residents. When our grassroots movement began more than six years ago, we talked about the need for a new consciousness in this relationship. The changes now occurring across various venues are a forerunner for this new beginning.

One such venue is in the leadership of the city of Pittsburgh. The mayor-elect now has an opportunity to end the social injustices this community suffers due to the university's presence. His status as a political leader within this community will not be determined by the number of jobs created or the amount of revenue raised, but by the quality and quantity of the caring and love he gives to this community in the name of ending injustices.

Another change occurring is in Pittsburgh's media organizations. In the past, many of these organizations were no longer champions for people who had lost their voices; they no longer offered honest leadership. These organizations became preoccupied with maintaining their own existence and protecting the university's image. However, the media are now more willing to pursue and reveal the truth and to face the possible turbulence resulting from those actions.

Oakland organizations are another venue where major changes are occurring. For far too long, community organizations have allowed the University of Pittsburgh to dictate how residents were able to live. Members of these organizations were too reluctant or too fearful to support residents who espoused solutions that university administrators opposed. Their inaction alienated residents, leading some to leave. Others who remained lost their sense of belonging in the community where they were born and raised. Fortunately there is a new consciousness developing in these organizations in which members are willing to speak out truthfully in articulating the numerous problems caused by the university's presence.

The search for a new chancellor at the university is a part of the changes leading to a positive future for Oakland. The days of university administrators dominating Oakland and taking power away from political leaders, media and Oakland organizations are coming to an end.

The community status of this university will no longer be determined by its ability to dominate others. It will not be determined by how many billions of dollars it has in an endowment or capital improvement fund. It will not be determined by how many hundreds of millions of dollars it has acquired in research funds and in earned profits. It will not be determined by its vast numbers of students and assets. Rather, that status will be determined by the university's respect of human dignity, compassion for the community and movement away from fierce independence to interdependence with the community in which it resides.

The domination of the university and the resultant social injustices against Oakland are chronicled in the links of oaklanddignity.com . University administrators, trustees, faculty and staff can never repay longtime residents who passed away or gave up hope and moved away. However, as the new paradigm emerges, longtime residents who have chosen to stay and future residents will experience new beginnings and a positive relationship with the University of Pittsburgh characterized by greater balance and harmony.

Carlino Giampolo, an Oakland resident, is founder of the
grassroots movement SOUL (South Oakland Urban Litter).

University Times ad

The above message was placed in the January 9, 2014 edition of the University Times.

 

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