DAY 11 OF HUNGER STRIKE & WHY CHIEF ARCHITECT OF CLEVELAND VOTED TO DEMOLISH LANDMARKED 80-YEAR OLD JOHN MARSHALL HIGH SCHOOL?

Submitted by Satinder P S Puri on Fri, 11/30/2012 - 20:22.
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DAY 11 (11-30-12) OF HUNGER STRIKE BY 70-YEAR OLD SIKH-AMERICAN &
WHY DID ROBERT VILKAS, THE CHIEF ARCHITECT OF THE CITY OF CLEVELAND, (WITH THE TITLE OF MANAGER OF ARCHITECTURE) WHO SHOULD BE PRESERVING AND PROTECTING OUR LANDMARKS – VOTE TO DEMOLISH OUR ARCHITECTURAL GEM – LANDMARKED 80-YEAR OLD JOHN MARSHALL HIGH SCHOOL WITHOUT PROVIDING ANY EXPLANATION AND IS NOT ANSWERING QUESTIONS PERTAINING TO HIS VOTE DESPITE MULTIPLE REMINDERS?

WEIGHT LOSS = 13.5 POUNDS. CURRENT WEIGHT = 124.5 POUNDS. SPIRITS ARE HIGH!

COUNCILMAN & CITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT MARTIN J. SWEENEY OF CLEVELAND, OHIO RIGGED THE 5 TO 4 VOTE TO DEMOLISH HISTORIC 80-YEAR OLD JOHN MARSHALL HIGH SCHOOL AT THE JANUARY 12, 2012 MEETING OF THE CLEVELAND LANDMARKS (DEMOLITION) COMMISSION!

Mayor Jackson took no action when the vote rigging and other irregularities were brought to his honor’s attention.

Also, City Hall has not submitted any requested public documents pertaining to vote rigging and irregularities despite multiple reminders.

THE CHIEF ARCHITECT HAS NOT RESPONDED TO TWO QUESTIONS PERTAINING TO HIS VOTE DESPITE MULTIPLE REMINDERS.

THE QUESTIONS WERE LISTED IN A DOCUMENT SENT VIA E-MAIL TO MAYOR JACKSON, MR. VILKAS AND OTHERS, AND VIA CERTIFIED MAIL TO MAYOR JACKSON ON NOVEMBER 8, 2012 AND A RESPONSE WAS REQUESTED BY NOVEMBER 19, 2012 AT THE LATEST.

THE RESPONSES PERTAIN TO QUESTIONS ON THE $50 MILLION JOHN MARSHALL HIGH SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION PROJECT ALL IN THE CONTEXT OF MAYOR JACKSON’S STATEMENT: I HAVE “NEVER LIED TO YOU” AND THE PLAIN DEALER’S CALL FOR HONESTY, TRUSTWORTHINESS, ACCOUNTABILITY, CLARITY, AND TRANSPARENCY IN PUBLIC OFFICIALS.

LISTED BELOW ARE THE TWO QUESTIONS FOR MR. VILKAS:

F. QUESTIONS FOR ROBERT VILKAS, MANAGER OF ARCHITECTURE, CITY OF CLEVELAND:

The Chief Architect (Robert Vilkas) of the City of Cleveland (with the title of Manager of Architecture) who should be preserving and protecting our landmarks -- voted to demolish our architectural gem at the January 12, 2012 CLC (Cleveland Landmarks Commission) meeting. Mr. Vilkas is a member of the CLC and at the January 12, 2012 meeting, Mr. Vilkas did not provide any explanation for demolishing the landmark.

Question F1: Why did you (Rober Vilkas), as Manager of Architecture of the City of
Cleveland, vote to demolish landmarked historic 80-year old John Marshall High School
at the January 12, 2012 CLC (Cleveland Landmarks Commission) meeting?
Response:

Question F2: According to the CLC’s website: The mission statement of the CLC is listed as follows: “To encourage the preservation of historically and architecturally significant buildings and historic districts within the City of Cleveland.”

In voting to demolish landmarked historic 80-year old John Marshall High School
at the January 12, 2012 CLC (Cleveland Landmarks Commission) meeting, how
did you (Rober Vilkas), as Manager of Architecture of the City of Cleveland, “Encourage
the preservation of historically and architecturally significant buildings within the City of Cleveland.”
Response:

LOCAL BROADCAST MEDIA:
SO FAR, THERE HAS BEEN NO WORD FROM THE LOCAL BROADCAST MEDIA – CHANNELS  3(NBC), 5(ABC), 19(CBS), AND FOX NEWS. COVERAGE OF THE HUNGER STRIKE CONTINUES ON INDIAN ETV NETWORK WHICH HAS PUT THE CLEVELAND BROADCAST MEDIA TO SHAME!

GOVERNOR KASICH OF OHIO:
GOVERNOR KASICH HAS NOT RESPONDED TO OUR DEMAND WHICH WAS FORWARDED TO HIM VIA CERTIFIED MAIL ON OCTOBER 9, 2012, NOVEMBER 8, 2012, AND NOVEMBER 20, 2012!

THE DEMAND IS THAT GOVERNOR KASICH ORDER THE CLEVELAND METROPOLITAN SCHOOL DISTRICT TO CEASE & DESIST FROM DEMOLISHING HISTORIC 80-YEAR OLD JOHN MARSHALL HIGH SCHOOL BECAUSE OF GROSS IRREGULARITIES COMMITTED: COLLUSIVE INACTION, VOTE RIGGING, & DENIAL OF DUE PROCESS!

MAYOR JACKSON OF CLEVELAND, OHIO:
MAYOR JACKSON NEVER RESPONDED DESPITE MULTIPLE REMINDERS TO   THE REQUEST DATED NOVEMBER 8, 2012 THAT:
 Mayor Jackson and others
(Councilman and City Council President Martin J. Sweeney;
CMSD CEO Eric S. Gordon; Chair of CMSD Board of Education Denise W. Link;
Cleveland Landmarks Commission Chair Jennifer Coleman;
Manager of Architecture Robert Vilkas;
Councilman Anthony Brancatelli; and Councilwoman Phyllis E. Cleveland)
provide written responses by Monday November 19, 2012 at the latest, to questions (on the $50 million John Marshall High School Construction Project) all in the context of  Mayor Jackson’s statement: I have “never lied to you” and the The Plain Dealer’s call for honesty, trustworthiness, accountability, clarity, and transparency in public officials.

PERSONAL OBSERVATIONS:
SO FAR, I HAVE I HAVE LOST 13.5 POUNDS. AT THE START, I WEIGHED 138 POUNDS.
WHILE I FEEL WEAK – I AM ABLE TO DO CHORES AROUND THE HOUSE AND TAKE CARE OF OUR PETS. I WORK VERY SLOWLY – SO AS NOT TO WASTE ENERGY.

I SLEPT A LOT ON THE SECOND DAY – BECAUSE I WAS VERY TIRED ON THE FIRST DAY. ON THE THIRD & 4TH DAY – I DID NOT SLEEP THAT MUCH.
I FIND LYING IN BED IS VERY RELAXING – WITH OUR CATS ALL AROUND -- NOW THAT I HAVE AN EXCUSE NOT TO GET UP.
WHENEVER I FEEL TIRED, I TAKE A NAP AND AFTERWORDS I FEEL VERY RELAXED AND ENERGIZED. I WOULD LIKE TO GO OUT AND DEMONSTRATE FOR HOURS – BUT I KNOW I WILL WASTE A LOT OF ENERGY.

I DRINK LOTS OF WATER – IT FILLS UP MY STOMACH – AND GIVES A VERY REFRESHING FEELING.  I AM TAKING VITAMIN PILLS AND SALT.

ALSO, I WASH MYSELF IN THE MORNING – USING WET PAPER TOWELS AND CHANGE MY CLOTHES. THIS REFRESHES ME FOR THE DAY. I AM AFRAID OF TAKING A BATH – FOR FEAR OF FALLING DOWN.

GOING ON A HUNGER STRIKE CAN BE BORING – SO I SPEND AS MUCH OF MY WAKING TIME POSTING ON FACEBOOK (SAVE JOHN MARSHALL HIGH SCHOOL GROUP) AND MY BLOG AT REALNEO. USUALLY THE POSTS ARE FAIRLY DETAILED AND REQUIRE MULTIPLE DRAFTS.
 
I CONTINUE TO BE IN HIGH SPIRITS. I HAVE ALSO BEEN OUT ON FOUR OF THE TEN DAYS – I WALK SLOWLY AND SIT DOWN AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. ON THE 3RD AND 4TH DAYS WHEN I WENT OUT – I LEFT MY TRAVELING CART & ALL THE SIGNS I USE IN MY DEMONSTRATIONS BEHIND – FOR THE FIRST TIME – IN NEARLY 18 MONTHS. IT FELT SO STRANGE -- THE CART HAS BEEN MY CONSTANT COMPANION – AND I MISSED IT. BUT NOW I HAVE TO CONSERVE ENERGY – AND I CANNOT AFFORD HAULING A HEAVY CART.

I ALSO WENT OUT ON THE – THE NINTH DAY – I WALKED VERY SLOWLY. IT TOOK ME 40 MINUTES TO WALK TO THE BUS STOP – WHICH I NORMALLY CAN DO IN HALF THE TIME.

I ALSO STEPPED OUTSIDE ON THE 10TH DAY – IN FRONT OF OUR HOUSE -- WAVING MY SIGNS – AND SURPRISINGLY A FEW OF THE CARS HONKED. I WAS ABLE TO GET A FRIENDLY PEDESTRIAN TO TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS OF ME.

TODAY (11-30-12) – I WENT OUTSIDE FOR 30 MINUTES. I WALKED ALONG COOLEY AVE, WAVING MY SIGNS – I WALKED VERY VERY SLOWLY – TO WEST 130TH STREET.  I DEMONSTRATED FOR A SHORT WHILE – AND VERY QUICKLY GOT WORN OUT. A FEW OF THE CARS HONKED. MOST – JUST WHIZZED BY – TOTALLY UNAWARE THAT A HUNGER STRIKE WAS IN PROGRESS. HUNGER STRIKES ARE NOT PART OF THE LOCAL CULTURE.

PRIOR TO START OF THE HUNGER STRIKE ON 11-20-12, I HAD FASTED  – 12 TO 18 HOURS EVERY DAY SINCE MAY 1, 2012. SO FAR – I HAVE NOT EXPERIENCED ANY HUNGER PANGS.

PLEASE SEE PREVIOUS POSTS FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS ON THE HUNGER STRIKE!

INTERVIEWS TO THE PRESS:
SO FAR I HAVE GIVEN THREE INTERVIEWS.

THE FIRST TELEPHONE INTERVIEW WAS GIVEN TO INDIA ABROAD ON 11-21-12 – THE SECOND DAY OF THE HUNGER STRIKE. HERE IS THE PREVIOUS REALNEO POST THAT HAS A COPY OF THE ARTICLE:
11-24-12
INDIA ABROAD FIRST NEWSPAPER TO WRITE ABOUT HUNGER STRIKE TO SAVE HISTORIC

THE SECOND TELEPHONE INTERVIEW WAS GIVEN ON  11-26-12 – THE 7TH DAY OF THE HUNGER STRIKE. HERE IS THE PREVIOUS POST THAT HAS A COPY OF THE ARTICLE:
11-30-12
INDIAWEST SECOND NEWSPAPER TO WRITE ABOUT HUNGER STRIKE TO SAVE HISTORIC 80-YEAR OLD JOHN MARSHALL HIGH SCHOOL IN CLEVELAND!

THE THIRD INTERVIEW WAS IN GIVEN PERSON TO THE PLAIN DEALER ON 11-28-12. DETAILS WILL BE PROVIDED ONCE THE ARTICLE IS PUBLISHED – SCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY: 12-02-12.

ZERO COVERAGE ON CLEVELAND BROADCAST MEDIA:
SO FAR NEWS ABOUT THE HUNGER STRIKE HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED THREE TIMES ON ONE INDIAN NETWORK. HERE ARE THE PREVIOUS POSTS THAT HAVE THE DETAILS:

11-30-12
INDIAN TV FOR 3RD TIME PUTS CLEVELAND, OHIO BROADCAST MEDIA TO SHAME ON ZERO COVERAGE OF HUNGER STRIKE TO SAVE JOHN MARSHALL!

11-27-12
INDIAN TV FOR 2ND TIME PUTS CLEVELAND, OHIO MEDIA TO SHAME ON ZERO COVERAGE OF HUNGER STRIKE TO SAVE JOHN MARSHALL HIGH SCHOOL!

11-25-12
INDIAN TV PUTS CLEVELAND, OHIO MEDIA TO SHAME ON ZERO COVERAGE OF HUNGER STRIKE TO SAVE JOHN MARSHALL HIGH SCHOOL!
HERE ARE THE PREVIOUS POSTS PERTAINING TO THE TOPIC OF ZERO COVERAGE:

FACEBOOK & YOUTUBE:
Follow the SAVE JOHN MARSHALL HIGH SCHOOL group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/160386844035662/

Also, see the following three YouTube clips:
1. Save John Marshall High School, Cleveland, Ohio
http://youtu.be/S6Shgwi5cuU
2. Save John Marshall High School Pt. 2: Demonstration http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdTaCQrwoF4
3. Save John Marshall High School Part 3: Call for a Hunger Strike
http://youtu.be/nyoL5sFBjeA

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