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  2. Open Letter to the Board of Trustees
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  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
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    SempleFest
  14. Jul. '09
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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?
  26. Feb. '10
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  28. Done Deal?
  29. Mayor's Reply
  30. Pitt Fireworks
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  33. Aug. '10
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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. In Memoriam: Robert "Bob" Casciato
  65. Symbol of Domination
  66. Revised University Impact Aid Proposal
  67. Letter to Chancellor Gallagher
  68. Letter to Chancellor Gallagher
  69. Community Objectives
  70. Letter to Chancellor Gallagher
  71. City Planning Commission Testimonies
  72. Letter to Chancellor Patrick Gallagher
  73. Pittsburgh City Council Testimony
  74. Pittsburgh City Council Testimony
  75. Pittsburgh City Council Testimony
  76. End The Shame
  77. Letter to Chancellor Gallagher
  78. Letter to Chancellor Gallagher
  79. A New Paradigm

Enough Is Enough! Trashed street photo.


[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. In Memoriam: Robert "Bob" Casciato
  65. Symbol of Domination
  66. Revised University Impact Aid Proposal
  67. Letter to Chancellor Gallagher
  68. Letter to Chancellor Gallagher
  69. Community Objectives
  70. Letter to Chancellor Gallagher
  71. City Planning Commission Testimonies
  72. Letter to Chancellor Patrick Gallagher
  73. Pittsburgh City Council Testimony
  74. Pittsburgh City Council Testimony
  75. Pittsburgh City Council Testimony
  76. End The Shame
  77. Letter to Chancellor Gallagher
  78. Letter to Chancellor Gallagher
  79. A New Paradigm

U Pitt Puppet Master

Every story has two sides. The story of how Oakland’s two largest universities benefit a community has already been told. OaklandDignity.com shows the story of how these universities’ domination, insatiable greed, broken trust and silence are a deadly combination that can slowly lead to the near extinction of that same community; they can control others like puppets on a string. This website focuses on the devastating impact of the University of Pittsburgh on South Oakland, though the impact of Carnegie Mellon University on North Oakland is nearly as devastating. No community in America that hosts universities deserves such an experience.

For a quick overview of the past, read Link 2: “An Open Letter to the University of Pittsburgh Board of Trustees.” For the present, see below and the last five links.

Panther Hollow, one of Pittsburgh’s first Italian neighborhoods, is located in Oakland. Its longtime residents’ efforts to protect and preserve that sacred legacy are on the website www.SavePantherHollow.com.

Carlino Giampolo


Open Letter to
Chancellor Patrick Gallagher

February 6, 2017

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher
University of Pittsburgh

Lack of Dignity

On March 3, 2016, I wrote you a four-page letter that is on the website OaklandDignity.com should you need to refresh your memory.

This will be much shorter and to the point. You betrayed the trust that our community had in you for a new beginning to resolve the myriad of problems caused by the university’s presence. Not only is your administration a continuation of the shameful, self-centered policies of its predecessors, but our community’s problems have greatly escalated under it.

There are two pathways toward change: dignity and tragedy. You are on the pathway of tragedy, and it is only a matter of how much more our community must endure before your administration has a major change of conscience.

The university’s uncontrolled student growth has led to a vast increase in the scourge of drugs, binge drinking, and burglary in our community. Mark A. Nordenberg Hall never should have been built several years ago to house 559 first-year students only. Again, that building illustrates the self-centeredness and lack of dignity by the university toward our community. It must be converted to sophomore and junior housing, and the increase in student population must be controlled.

Pitt Police Department personnel risk their lives every day to protect our community and they have our highest respect. Their numbers must be increased, as well as any necessary resources they need, to fight the escalating and horrific drugs, binge drinking, and burglaries that permeate your campus as well as our community.

In the past, I had suggested that a few individuals be hired by the university to drive through our neighborhood and report illegal drinking activities so that residents don’t have to face the dread and fear of retaliation in reporting these problems (something that you, your administrators, and faculty don’t have to face personally). This had been rejected by the university then, but must be implemented now.

Twenty years ago, I delivered a letter to your predecessor delineating the filthy trash and litter problems in our community caused mainly by students. That same letter could still hold its weight today. Even though my solution has been rejected by both the previous administration and yours, no one at your institution of higher learning has come up with a better solution to end these problems. Those filthy conditions send a signal to others that this is a community that doesn’t care, when in reality it is the university administrators and faculty that have lacked the dignity to put an end to these problems. You have the funding to end the problems—so do it.

This letter will be sent to Carnegie Mellon University President Subra Suresh, who is also carrying on a shameful tradition of lack of dignity toward our community. Instead of competing with him to purchase more land, resulting in greater destruction of our community, you must change your priorities. You must initiate talks with him to work together to resolve your universities’, and our community’s, problems.

The above solutions will entail a dramatic paradigm shift in university policies. The interests and welfare of our community must take precedence over university affairs. This is something that has never been done in the 108-year history of Pitt, and the 115-year history of CMU in Oakland. This future can be achieved, but it will take a love, courage, and commitment to our community that goes far beyond anything that exists today.

Carlino Giampolo

Pitthetic: noun – a university, organization, government entity, or individual that negatively impacts a community by action or inaction; adjective – pathetic as a direct result of a university, organization, government entity, or individual's negative influence.


Pittsburgh City Council Public Comments

End the Shame
of the
Legal Rape of Oakland

February 24, 2016

The shameful, never-ending expansion of the University of Pittsburgh has led to the legal rape of of Oakland in both the residential and business districts. Since the university’s arrival, the residential population has dwindled from nearly 100% to now approximately 20%. The business district is now being further destroyed with more student housing. Council members are a part of that shameful process due to either actions or inactions. The website OaklandDignity.com chronicles that shame.

All of you have experienced shame in life. It could have been from your sexual orientation, the color of your skin, gender, religious beliefs, or by others’ abusive verbal or physical actions, among other reasons. It was a shame that was passed on to you by others.

The University of Pittsburgh has passed on its shame to this council and the mayor, planning commission, zoning board, Oakland organizations, state government and the media. I have spoken before the council on over 30 occasions. However, one can also speak through silence. For one minute, I would like each of you to focus on this sign and the shame that the University of Pittsburgh leaders have passed on to each of you.

Legal Rape of Oakland sign

One minute of silence.

As you all know, shame that is masked, denied or ignored will continue to grow. We urge you to make the right choice to end your shame of the legal rape of Oakland.

Carlino Giampolo

Note: The following email was sent to the Pittsburgh City Council President two days after the above comments:

Your remarks before and after my comments were uncalled for and an embarrassment to the office you hold. How could you possibly infer that the words "Legal Rape of Oakland" were meant to describe sexual violence in Oakland?

The word "rape" has several meanings aside from sexual violence. In this context, it clearly refers to plunder, pillage or ravish of a sacred land. Would any of those other words have impacted you as strongly toward ending the shame?

Instead of your outrage inspiring constructive action to help our community, you wanted to have a caucus of fellow council members to decide what actions to take against me.

In your eight years as a Pittsburgh City Council member, you have done nothing to stop the uncontrolled growth of the University of Pittsburgh in Oakland. Prove me wrong.

Please reply to myself and the others who have received this email, about all the actions you have taken to stop the shameful, never-ending expansion of the University of Pittsburgh in our community.

(The Council President has chosen not to respond.)


Pitthetic: noun – a university, organization, government entity, or individual that negatively impacts a community by action or inaction; adjective – pathetic as a direct result of a university, organization, government entity, or individual's negative influence.

 

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