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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
  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
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  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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  35. Letter to Legislators
  36. Letter to Chancellor
  37. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
  38. A Call for Compassion
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  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
 
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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

South Oakland Update:
December 2009

City Council Testimony – December 21, 2009

You have reached an apparent agreement today with some non profits to avert a tuition tax. Now it is time to support the communities.

For too long a period of time there has been a consciousness of domination by leaders of Pitt and UPMC over the good people of South Oakland. The present leaders are once again serving their own self interests by aggressively pursuing greater expansion into our community while not caring about the adverse impact upon the people there.

That consciousness of domination has also touched the lives of nearly every person in the Pittsburgh region, most recently the community of Braddock.

The continued arrogance of the administration at Pitt and UPMC in South Oakland has led some of us to call for the resignations of Mark Nordenberg and Jeffrey Romoff.

For that action:

We have been called fools by some. Yes, we may be fools, but we are not foolish.

We have been called wrong by some. Yes, we may be wrong, but we are willing to be wrong in the pursuit of what is right.

We have been told it will take a miracle. Yes it may, but we are not waiting for a miracle; we are calling for a miracle.

And we have been told that it is an impossible dream. Yes, it may be to some, but there are no impossible dreams when there is a synergy of dignity, intensity, spirit, and freedom.

We ask the question: How can two men, Mark Nordenberg and Jeffrey Romoff, have so much power to cause so much pain and suffering to so many people in our region?

In a democratic society such as ours, that question must be answered by the women and men in our executive, legislative and judicial branches of government. Power is the ability to take action. How many of these people understand the injustice caused by these two institutions yet remain silent? How many are fearful of the consequences to themselves should they attempt to take action? How many have given away their own personal power to these two men?

And there is a fourth entity in our society where that question must be answered, and that is by the women and men of the media.

There is an age-old truth that states: “As above, so below.” It implies that when there is corruption on the level of dignity, morality and spirituality, then there is also corruption on a physical level. Is there physical corruption at Pitt and UPMC? The answer lies beneath the silence.

There is a sacred trust that exists between the media and the people they serve. Is there a betrayal of that trust? Is that trust being broken? Will the media ever conduct in-depth investigations of these two institutions?

It takes courage to seek the depth of truth. The people in the region of Pittsburgh, and particularly those people in South Oakland and Braddock, await the courageous actions of the women and men of the media.

Should corruption at Pitt and UPMC be brought to light, major changes will occur. There is chaos before and after any major change. But out of that chaos will emerge less suffering, less pain, and a new future of greater love and compassion that will benefit everyone in the Pittsburgh region.

Carlino Giampolo

 

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