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  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
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  8. Declaration of Freedom
  9. Problems
  10. Solutions
  11. Actions
  12. UPMC
  13. PITT
    SempleFest
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  18. Origin of SOUL
  19. WPXI - Group talks trash
  20. National Disgrace
  21. Gratitude
  22. Support Letters
  23. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
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  25. Media - Broken Trust?
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  28. Done Deal?
  29. Mayor's Reply
  30. Pitt Fireworks
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  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
 
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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. Decimation of an Urban Community
  82. Syndicate
  83. 18 Questions
  84. Dishonest Public Position

Support Letters

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

Our grassroots movement wants to extend its deepest gratitude to Representative Dom Costa, Senator Jay Costa, Senator Wayne Fontana, Councilman Bruce Kraus and Councilman William Peduto for their letters of support for The SOUL Program. They have no fear of putting their principles and ideals into action and we are most thankful. Their actions are an inspiration to all people who place human dignity ahead of expansion and the earning of billions of dollars.

These letters of support and also our online petitions which number ninety-six in support of The SOUL Program will be given to Pitt Chancellor Mark Nordenberg and UPMC CEO Jeffrey Romoff. We have been upfront and honest with them, by mentioning any new major actions we will take before taking those actions. Should our request for financial support of The SOUL Program continue to be denied, then our grassroots movement will initiate new actions to seek their resignations.

The "National Disgrace" City Council testimony of October 20 (which is also on our website) was given to them over two weeks ago. Neither of them, nor their administrators, has disputed any of the 12-points mentioned in that testimony.

Also, the University of Pittsburgh wants to have a 200-bed expansion of student housing on Oakland Avenue. It was a front page article in the October 31 edition of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. This desire of Pitt Chancellor Mark Nordenberg is unconscionable.

Attached is a letter to Mr. Stephen R. Tritch, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the University of Pittsburgh. A question has been asked of him about this issue and our community deserves an answer. Should he choose not to respond, then our community will call upon many of you for support to receive that answer.

The action of Pitt wanting to expand its student housing and of UPMC wanting to sell its property to Pitt for this expansion is yet another example of the arrogance and the "deliberate indifference" of Mark Nordenberg and Jeffrey Romoff to the pain and suffering in our community.

Life should never be a game of monopoly whereby institutions such as Pitt and UPMC carve a community for their own benefit.

We are asking those of you who have not yet shown support for The SOUL Program to break your silence. We are also asking each of you, on your own, to take an action to end the expansion of the University of Pittsburgh into our community.

A passage from the book The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran says it well:

"And as a single leaf turns not yellow
but with the silent knowledge of the whole tree,
So the wrong-doer cannot do wrong
without the hidden will of you all."

Carlino Giampolo  
November 7, 2009
(808) 926-1752   
www.oaklanddignity.com

Mr. Stephen R. Tritch
Chairperson of the Board of Trustees
University of Pittsburgh
% Chancellor Mark Nordenberg
107 Cathedral of Learning
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

November 3, 2009
Hand Delivered

Dear Mr. Tritch:

As Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the University of Pittsburgh, I would like to keep you informed of the University’s policies and actions that affect the community of South Oakland. You can visit www.oaklanddignity.com to see the ongoing quest of our grassroots movement to create a clean and healthy environment in South Oakland.

Attached is a copy of the University Times. Please peruse the “National Disgrace” paid message on page 14.

After you have had a chance to discuss the points made in this message with Pitt Chancellor Mark Nordenberg, I would like to meet with you to discuss this message at a time and place convenient to you.

In the meantime, I would like to share with you additional beliefs of mine concerning point # 10. I believe it is unconscionable that Pitt Chancellor Mark Nordenberg and any administrator or trustee of Pitt would consider further expansion of student housing on Oakland Avenue. It is just as unconscionable that UPMC CEO Jeffrey Romoff would consider selling UPMC property to the University of Pittsburgh for this expansion.

Life should never be a game of monopoly whereby institutions such as Pitt and UPMC carve a community for their own benefit.

I am requesting that you share your beliefs with me concerning this point by answering the following question: What are the benefits to the elderly, long-time residents of South Oakland by having a 200-bed expansion of student housing on Oakland Avenue?

Please give me your response and also give this letter and your response to your fellow trustees.

Sincerely,

Carlino Giampolo
49 Boundary Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(808) 926-1752

 

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