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    Time to Resign
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    TIME TO RESIGN
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  115. A Tragic Practice
 
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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
  92. Lack of Integrity
  93. SOUL Program Implementation
  94. Brookings Institution Study
  95. Robots In Oakland
  96. Fiduciary Duty
  97. Fiduciary Duty
    Follow-Up
  98. Moratorium
  99. Letter to Council President
  100. Criminal Investigation
  101. Request to D.A.
  102. Request to Supporters
  103. Goodnight, Malnight
    Time to Resign
  104. Responses for
    Request to Resign
  105. Pitt Quarantine Policy
  106. Patrick Gallagher
    TIME TO RESIGN
  107. Thoughts of an
    Oakland Resident
  108. Unconscionable Pitt Policy
  109. Letter to Dean of Students
  110. Follow-Up Letter to Dean of Students
  111. Criminal & Civil Liability
  112. Path of Dignity or Path of Tragedy
  113. Follow-Up Letter to Mayor William Peduto
  114. Letter to the Editor
  115. A Tragic Practice

Letter to Mayor William Peduto
April 22, 2021

Label, Then Love, or Hate
the Label - A Tragic Practice

Mayor Peduto,

The following paragraphs are numbered for ease in your response..

1) To label, then love or hate the label, is a tragic practice that creates tremendous pain and suffering for people of color, the LGBTQ community, and newly arrived immigrants, to name a few.

2) This labeling practice also severely impacts entire neighborhoods. Oakland, which was once one of the most eclectic, thriving residential neighborhoods in Pittsburgh, has been decimated, mainly by the uncontrolled, greedy expansion of the University of Pittsburgh.

3) You are guilty of employing the horrific, deadly practice of labeling whenever issues arise involving the University of Pittsburgh.

4) In your 19-year career as a councilman and mayor, you never attempted to pass a law to protect Oakland from the destructive expansion of the University of Pittsburgh. If a project was labeled a University of Pittsburgh project, then it always had your overwhelming support.

5) Oakland is losing its identity as a residential neighborhood. The business district that once supported thousands of residents, from infants to the very elderly, is disappearing, and is now referred to as Pittsburgh's Innovation District. That's a shame that you and many others bear.

6) You devoutly worship the University of Pittsburgh because it is considered the economic engine of the city, and it has made you the victim and puppet of the university administrators. It is obvious that they dominate, manipulate, and instill fear in you.

7) The tragic practice of labeling to support the University of Pittsburgh to the detriment of the Oakland community extends to the Pittsburgh City Council. No member of this council has attempted to pass a law to protect Oakland residents from the university's uncontrolled, greedy expansion. These members also bear the shame of the decimation of our neighborhood. They, too, are victims and puppets of the university administrators.

8) You and the city council members have employed the shameful labeling practice in numerous issues, and you have aligned yourselves with the University of Pittsburgh to the detriment of our residential community. These issues are on the websites www.OaklandDignity.com and www.SavePantherHollow.com, and will not be delineated here. You and city council members can mask, deny or ignore your shame, but that will never end the shame.

9) The 5,000 faculty members of the University of Pittsburgh also employ the deadly practice of labeling. They speak out against injustices but only when they are made outside of their host community of Oakland, and they offer no support to stop the destruction of our own neighborhood. They also are victims and puppets of the university administrators; they are locked in fear and cannot speak up in support of our community.

10) The University of Pittsburgh's massive Institutional Master Plan is now in the process of getting approved by the Planning Commission, Pittsburgh City Council, and yourself. Once again, the labeling process is taking center stage. Anyone who understands the crookery at city hall knows that approval of this plan that would destroy our community is a DONE DEAL.

11) Labeling must be replaced with UNDERSTANDING. That concept requires a comprehensive gathering of information, interpretation, discernment, assessment, inference, appreciation and valuation.

12) To create UNDERSTANDING, we have asked for an in-depth IMPACT STUDY on how this plan will affect our community. You and your city council members continue labeling and have refused to provide us with that study. University of Pittsburgh administrators, whose primary mission is to educate, have also refused to provide the study in fear of the truth that it may reveal.

13) We asked for an IMPACT STUDY as comprehensive and in-depth as the 75-page Brookings Institution study that was funded by the Heinz Endowments and the Henry L. Hillman Foundation. That study regrettably and shamefully concluded that Oakland needs an Innovation District.

14) The Brookings Institution shamed itself by acting like a hired gun for the Heinz Endowments and the Henry L. Hillman Foundation. Our community sent numerous letters to the Brookings Institution president, and the individuals who wrote the study, asking why the voices of Oakland residents were ignored in the study. In response, they all chose silence.

15) You and city council members might continue the pitiful labeling practice and deny our community this important IMPACT STUDY because the University of Pittsburgh doesn't want it. However, you all may then face civil and/or criminal liability for not seeking the full truth about the University of Pittsburgh's Institutional Master Plan.

16) Another entity employing the tragic labeling practice to support the University of Pittsburgh are the owners of Hazelwood Green, who are proposing a roadway, from their site, through Four Mile Run and Panther Hollow, and to the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. These leaders have become enmeshed in Pittsburgh politics and, as such, have tarnished the esteemed names of Heinz, Mellon and Benedum.

17) Pittsburgh media personnel also employ the practice of labeling. An in-depth, ongoing investigation of the University of Pittsburgh has never been conducted in its112-year history in our neighborhood. They are acting more as silent watchers than as watchdogs for our community.

18) Pittsburgh media personnel, and far too many others, prostrate themselves in front of the University of Pittsburgh as the economic god of the Pittsburgh economy, and thus diminish their own dignity.

19) Six months ago, a Pittsburgh newspaper hired a reporter who won two Pulitzer Prizes for investigative reporting. We sent that reporter a 5-page letter with suggestions for an honest investigation of the University of Pittsburgh. Last week, their first investigative story was about a man in Ukraine who stole money from a bank, and invested in steel mills throughout our country!

20) Goodness and truth will prevail. End the deadly practice of labeling, and restore your personal dignity and power.

Carlino Giampolo

Note: Mayor William Peduto chose silence.

 

 
 

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