City of Pittsburgh Council District 6
COUNCILMAN LAVELLE SPEAKS OUT AGAINST UPMC 'S USE OF THE 14TH AMENDMENT
Today, I was joined by civil rights and faith leaders at Freedom Corner in the Hill District to speak out against UPMC’s inappropriate use of the 14th amendment in its suit against the City’s challenge of its charitable status. UPMC is using the tactic of seeking protection under the 14th Amendment in order to keep its tax exemption status.
Those who joined me in condeming UPMC's disrespectful use of the 14th Amendment were County Councilwoman Amanda Green Hawkins, Fred Redmond of the United Steelworkers, UPMC worker Leslie Poston, and long-time civil rights activist Joni Rabinowitz. All questioned UPMC’s interpretation of the 14th Amendment, which was written to provide equal protection and due process for people who face discrimination, as similarly applying to major corporations. The tone deaf strategy is offensive and disrespectful of the real historic civil rights struggles faced by our vulnerable populations which the 14th Amendment is intended to protect.
I stand strongly against their attempts to warp the interpretation of the 14th Amendment in their suit against the City’s legal challenge of its charitable status and I will continue to be a voice in speaking against such deplorable tactics.
R. Daniel Lavelle
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Office of Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle
414 Grant Street, 5th Floor | City County Building
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
telephone: 412-255-2134 | facsimile 412-255-0737