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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
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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
  24. Pittsburgh City Paper
  25. Media - Broken Trust?
  26. Feb. '10
  27. Jun. '10
  28. Done Deal?
  29. Mayor's Reply
  30. Pitt Fireworks
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  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
 
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. 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

South Oakland Update:
July 2009

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

Our grassroots movement wants to extend its gratitude to the non-profit organization YouthPlaces and to Lori Schaller, its executive director. YouthPlaces is now conducting a cleanup of South Oakland streets Monday through Friday, four hours a day and employing 12 at risk youths to do this cleanup. The cleanup began at the beginning of July and will be concluded at the end of July with the possibility of it extending another week or two.

The funding for this cleanup was acquired by Ms. Schaller for our community. This organization is first-class in every way - from its executive leadership to its supervisors to its youth workers. They certainly deserve the support of all of us.

It is now time for the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center to make a long-term commitment to The SOUL Program and to our community. Is the leadership of Pitt and UPMC willing to embarrass themselves and our city to world leaders and the world media by not granting any support for such a program?

As you know, while Pitt administrators have said to our community “we have no money” for such a program, scam artists have stolen $65 million dollars from Pitt. If only $1 million of that money had been invested in our community, then we could have hired 10 at risk youth workers for 10 years to create a clean and healthy environment for Oakland.

Our movement also wants to thank those politicians who expressed support for our cause by saying that Pitt and UPMC should do more for our community. We understand their frustration when they tell us that they cannot force Pitt and UPMC to do more.

When universities and corporations do not fulfill their civic responsibilities then perhaps new laws have to be created on a city, state or federal level. Perhaps an IMPACT AID Law is needed whereby institutions such as the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center would be legally required to provide greater support to the communities which they affect. Should resistance from Pitt and UPMC continue, then it is time to initiate such a law for our community and others like us.

Pitt has recently announced that it is raising tuition this coming year by $512 for in-state undergraduates and by $562 for out-of-state students in Oakland. Tuition will increase to $13,344 and $23,042 a year respectively. There are nearly 30,000 students at Pitt. If only $4 (Four Dollars) of that tuition was given to our community, then we could hire 10 at risk youth workers to pick up litter on our sidewalks and streets for an entire year, with an additional $20,000 for beautification projects.

Pitt and UPMC don’t need us to tell them where funding can be found to give more support to our community. This issue has always been about more than just money. It has been about caring more deeply for a community and having individuals take greater responsibility for their actions and the consequences of their actions.

Carlino Giampolo

 

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