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BLM page in NYT update

  • 1.  BLM page in NYT update

    Posted 20 days ago

    Dear all,

    Included in this email are the graphics for the New York Times page and the text that both AIA and NOMA have approved for both the top and the bottom of the page.

    We hope to have this published in an October issue. However, to do so we need a total of 500 names and now have about 300. If we have 500 names, then the cost per name would be $100. We have two $1,000 donations so far, and more donations of this amount or more from large firms and organizations would be of great help in funding the NYT page.

    Please send donations of $100 or more to: https://architectsfoundation.networkforgood.com/projects/110109-architects-for-black-livelihood-fundraising

    If you are a student, please donate what you can afford.

    In the event that we exceed our fundraising goals for the page or have insufficient funds for it, the raised funds will go directly to the Diversity Advancement Scholarship of the AIA.

    Also please pass this message on to others you may know and ask them to CC wampler@mit.edu on their return emails. 

    Finally, please indicate to me the correct way you would like your name to appear on the NYT page.

    It has been a long time organizing this page, and finally we have all the parts ready to go as soon as we can raise the money for it.

    Thanks to all for your patience and willingness to have your names listed on this page.

    What we are doing is a giant step forward toward racial and social justice. 

    Please see below:

    Paragraph at top of page

    "We the undersigned architects and design professionals, in solidarity with NOMA, the National Organization of Minority Architects, hereby express our complete commitment to and support for the protection of Black lives and the advancement of Black livelihood. We firmly believe that Black Lives Matter. We are particularly concerned that at the present time, of the 116,000+ licensed architects in America, barely two percent are Black, and less than a quarter of Black architects are women. Our nation can only thrive when there is complete equality under the law and the justice system, and equal opportunity for all-in education, health care, housing accommodation, and all occupations, including our own."

     

    Paragraph at bottom of page

    "The Architects Foundation's Diversity Advancement Scholarship supports minority students with a multi-year award towards their architectural education. This scholarship fund needs your support to increase diversity in the architecture profession at any NAAB-accredited school, especially at the seven accredited Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Please consider making a generous donation (architectsfoundation.org/donation) to help design a better future for all of us."

    Below is a graphic of the NYT page:

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    Please email me at wampler@mit.edu if you have any questions.

    Thank you,

    Jan Wampler

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Jan Wampler, FAIA
    Distinguished Professor, ACSA

    Markborough Endowed Professor, USF
    Professor of Architecture, Emeritus, MIT

    Jan Wampler Studio  Architecture/Urban Design
    Office 617 253 7904
    Cell     617 763 4908
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  • 2.  RE: BLM page in NYT update

    Posted 19 days ago

    Fellow Fellows,

     

    I am extremely concerned that the College of Fellows, in an earnest attempt to express justified concern over the issues of equal employment opportunity, equal social opportunity and equal treatment under the law for all races and ethnicities, is looking to do so under the bold banner of BLM, Black Lives Matter.  Has no one in this effort studied the basic published agenda and precepts of BLM and become aware that BLM leadership is self-avowedly pro-Marxist and staunchly against the historic western culture precepts of the structured nuclear family and free expression, both political and religious, in the public sphere?

     

    Check it out!  It is unfortunately true.  Our earnest concern for equality for all has been hijacked by an organization that has somehow convinced much of the naïve public, and many in our College of Fellows, that BLM is the banner to follow.  Of course black lives matter, but the direction that BLM will lead us will only expand distrust and confusion and exacerbate violence.

     

    Please continue the earnest pursuit of equality but disassociate from the term and organization BLM.

     

    William H. Kreager FAIA

    Seattle, Washington






  • 3.  RE: BLM page in NYT update

    Posted 19 days ago
    William,

    Do you have credible evidence supporting your contention? And I emphasize the word "credible."

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    Richard Buday FAIA
    Archimage, Inc.
    Houston TX
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  • 4.  RE: BLM page in NYT update

    Posted 19 days ago
    William,

    This might help:
    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/18/technology/no-a-black-lives-matter-co-founder-didnt-partner-with-a-pro-communist-chinese-group.html


    ------------------------------
    Richard Buday FAIA
    Archimage, Inc.
    Houston TX
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  • 5.  RE: BLM page in NYT update

    Posted 18 days ago
    Richard, good work!

    Sent from my iPhone




  • 6.  RE: BLM page in NYT update

    Posted 17 days ago
    I do not support this page as proposed.  The BLM organization is anarchist and self-avowedly anti-American.
    I would like to see one example (from a credible source) of something they have done to help black people in Seattle, Portland, Chicago, Baltimore or NYC (or anywhere else). Fellows can, of course, sign their names to anything they want, but I don't belief that this should be something that the College should support without a full vote.

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    Charles Heuer FAIA
    Founder
    The Jefferson Society, Inc.
    Charlottesville VA
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  • 7.  RE: BLM page in NYT update

    Posted 17 days ago
    Jan is right. BLM is a solid, respectacle banner, despite fuzziness - if any - at the edge of the actual movement.
    Keep sending those checks in!
    Doug Kelbaugh FAIA






  • 8.  RE: BLM page in NYT update

    Posted 17 days ago

    In response to the comments of Doug Kelbaugh FAIA

     

    Hi Doug,

    You left Seattle years before this summer's violence, 3 deaths and destruction encouraged by BLM on Capitol Hill here in the "Emerald City".  Please read the two commentaries below and then do some research concerning your positive recommendation of the organization BLM.

    Warm regards, come back and see us!

    Bill Kreager FAIA

    Seattle

    Mithun (retired)

     

    Civil rights leader: Marxist philosophy of Black Lives Matter org will harm our communities

    There is a difference between protestors and the leaders of the Black Lives Matter organization.

    Fri Jun 12, 2020 - 5:04 pm EST

    ·          

     

    Dorothy Cummings McLeanBy Dorothy Cummings McLean

    FOLLOW DOROTHY


    ·         26

    WASHINGTON, DC, June 20, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) ― A black civil rights leader has stated that the black community will be harmed by the goals of the Black Lives Matter organization. 

    Niger Innis, the National Chairman of the Congress of Racial Equality, told EWTN host Raymond Arroyo last night that he distinguishes the Black Lives Matter (BLM) organizational leadership from most of the protesters. The majority of the protesters, he said, have their heart and soul "in the right place." However, there is a difference between them and the leaders who run the Black Lives Matter organization.

    "Alicia Garza says she is a Marxist," Innis reported, referring to one of the founders of the organization Black Lives Matter. Innis noted that defunding the police is "just at the beginning" of what the BLM organization wants. 

    He brought Arroyo's attention to two planks of the BLM's manifesto. The first brags of attacking the traditional family.

    "We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and 'villages' that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable," it reads.  

    The second plank Innis pointed to underscored the LGBT ideology of the movement: "We foster a queeraffirming network. When we gather, we do so with the intention of freeing ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking, or rather, the belief that all in the world are heterosexual (unless s/he or they disclose otherwise)." 

    Innis said that these ideas do "nothing" to help black people in America.

    "These agenda items [show] a Marxist mentality that...does nothing for the black community," he stated. 

    "It does nothing to advance racial equality. [Causing] the disruption of the nuclear family is a clear and present danger to the black community."

    Fatherlessness, Innis and Arroyo agreed, represents a crisis for all races. The civil rights leader said that disrupting the family is "going to hold black people back." 

    Regarding Black Lives Matter's most famous goal, defunding police services, Innis said that the black community does not actually want less police.

    "They want less bad police," he emphasized and said that there are "bad apples" in every profession. Innis told Arroyo that the black community wants more police, more police engagement, more police intervention, and more partnership with the police. 

    'Their experiences are real'

    Arroyo also interviewed Monsignor Charles Pope and Pastor Marc Little. Monsignor Pope is the pastor of an African-American church in Washington, D.C., and he says that his black parishioners have a "shared grief" over their experiences of racial injustice.

    "Their experiences are real," he said. 

    Msgr. Pope recently led a rosary procession of vowed religious and laypeople to pray for healing from racism in the wider community. He believes that the protests in the wake of the George Floyd killing are "too politicized." 

    "Too much of this is about the president," the monsignor said. "This [should be] about George Floyd, the people he represents in terms of experience with the police."

    Msgr. Pope, too, blamed the breakdown of the family for breakdowns in community life. 

    "The breakup of the family is the nuclear fission of civilization," he said. 

    "The individual is not the basic unit of society: the family is."

    "You split the family, like you split the atom, and tremendous destructive potential goes out in all directions. And if it's not reined in, it will lay everything waste."

    The decentralization of Christianity in society has also played a role, the priest said. He observed that civil leaders were permitting protests but not prayer in churches. 

    "Protest has its place, but prayer has its place," he insisted. 

    Pastor Marc Little, an attorney and pastor of No Longer Bound Abortion & Miscarriage Recovery Ministry, told Arroyo that in the wake of the protests pastors must be "truth-tellers." 

    "What we're experiencing right now is not about race," he said. 

    "It is a spiritual matter. We have an organization that is leading us into anarchy." 

    Little noted that the Black Lives Matter organization had not honored a retired black police chief killed in the recent protests, David Dorn, 77, or "20 million babies aborted." 

    "So it's not about race," Little said. "It's about power." 

    By THE WASHINGTON TIMES - - Monday, June 29, 2020

    ANALYSIS/OPINION:

    Hundreds of thousands of Americans have taken to gathering in the streets to protest racial injustice. They comprise a rainbow of color - black, white and every hue in between. The nebulous organization behind it all, Black Lives Matter, has succeeded in bringing U.S. citizens together in common cause like never before in modern times. What's not to like? Its Marxist roots, that's what.

    The legions of protesters and rioters filling TV screens don't much care about the underpinnings of the campaign for justice, so-called, but they should. The organizers of Black Lives Matter (BLM) clearly care, and it is the philosophy that animates the movement and is steering it toward a dangerous place most Americans would flee if they understood what awaits them.

    In comments uncovered and reprinted in The National Pulse, Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors reveals that she and fellow co-founder Alicia Garza are followers of an ideology that could not be more foreign to the American way: "We actually do have an ideological frame. Myself and Alicia in particular, we're trained organizers. We are trained Marxists. We are super-versed on ideological theories."


    Ms. Cullors is unapologetic in describing Black Lives Matter founders as "trained Marxists," so it's worth examining the words that inspire their deeds. Marxism, the 19th-century worldview systematized by German revolutionary Karl Marx, is fundamentally atheistic. It subscribes to a theory that matter - physical stuff - comprises the fundamental reality of human existence. The transcendent experiences of the human heart are regarded as nothing more than biochemistry - fantasies of brain function. Stuff, whether molecule or man, is just soulless stuff. In short, matter doesn't really matter.

    Clearly, Marxism stands in diametric opposition to the Judeo-Christian foundation of America, which views each person as infused with a spirit unbounded by time and space, a manifestation of an omnipotent Creator. Human lives matter - all of them - a belief undergirding the American founding in the Declaration of Independence: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."



    Philosophy, of course, is simply a mental exercise, except for students who must lug around thick tomes of deep thoughts. It is the application of ideology in real time where the concept meets the concrete or, as in recent practice, where brick collides with window. The engine of "progress" in the Marxist worldview is the dialectic - or conflict - which is the clash of ideas and people. Marxists hope that when the smoke clears following their riots, something new and better is formed.

    Americans watching the Black Lives Matter demonstrations on TV have been witnessing the handiwork of "trained Marxists" practicing the dialectic. The hair-trigger harpies screaming obscenities in the faces of police officers attempting to keep the peace, the masked bullies yanking down statues of historical figures, the hooded guerrillas hurling Molotov cocktails - all are putting Marxist ideology into action.

    Students of history have seen it all before. The Marxist revolutions of the 20th century that wracked Russia, China, Vietnam, North Korea and elsewhere piled up victims approaching 100 million. Thus is the bitter harvest of the perpetually angry, steeped in Marxism and deaf to the call for human kindness.

    It is easy to stir up an argument over whether the NFL's Tom Brady chose wisely in becoming a Buccaneer rather than remain a Patriot, but there is no counterargument to the proposition that black lives matter. As they wholeheartedly endorse the intrinsic value of the black race, though, Americans are tiptoeing around the controversy posed by an organization that shrewdly shields itself from scrutiny behind the BLM brand.

    A recent Pew Research Center survey of adults found that 67 percent expressed support for the movement rooted in philosophical materialism, despite its use of fear and violence to achieve its aims. A separate Pew Research Center poll conducted in 2019 found that a nearly identical proportion of Americans - 65 percent - described themselves as Christians, presumably embracing a countervailing call to "love thy neighbor as thyself."

    Marxism is a soulless ideology incompatible with the Judeo-Christian foundations of this nation. Americans wishing to advance the Founders' struggle "to form a more perfect union" should forswear the clenched fists of Black Lives Matter and wield the affirmative force of forgiveness.

     

     






  • 9.  RE: BLM page in NYT update

    Posted 17 days ago
    Bill,
    I've moved back to Seattle, having recently retired from the U of Michigan (and I'm teaching a pro bono course at UM this term).
    I visited the CHOP site earlier this summer and found it to be peaceful (although I guess troublemakers showed up late at night).

    I'd already read the article on BLM that you posted and found it exaggerated. In any case, we're not donating any money to BLM, as Jan as explained. It's become a general banner of progressive action.
    And in my opinion, I think toning down our corporate capitalism with a little soft socialism is welcome and timely.

    Sincerely,
    Doug







  • 10.  RE: BLM page in NYT update

    Posted 14 days ago
    Well said, Doug. 

    This not something all Fellows need to support. This effort has outgrown the COF, sad as that is to me as a relatively new Fellow. This is not about politics, it's about humanity. Those who support this effort, as I do, can and will support, and those who disagree can disagree, for whatever reason. But our profession and frankly also our COF will benefit enormously from more diversity. Thank you to Jan and other leaders in our profession for starting this inspiring conversation! We will all benefit.

    Will

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  • 11.  RE: BLM page in NYT update

    Posted 17 days ago

    Hi All:

    I agree with Bill Kreager and am very concerned by numerous discussions in the press about the Marxist roots of BLM. While I do not have proof, there is considerable reporting about BLM being involved with, supporting, and organizing violent demonstrations including riots and police shootings.  Troubling is the founders, the leadership of the movement, Patrisse Cullors,  Alicia Garzo and Opal Tometi who have publicly stated that they are trained Marxists. Their "What We Believe" page, since taken down, avowed removal of the nuclear family, among other troubling statements.  The connection with the Black Panthers movement and Eric Mann is also a concern.  

     

    I do not believe in the light of this publicity that AIA should be actively supportive of the organization.

     

    Charles E. Dagit, Jr., FAIA

    381 Williamson Road

    Gladwyne, PA 19035

     

    cdagit@comcast.net

    215 817 6591

    www:charlesdagitjr.com

     






  • 12.  RE: BLM page in NYT update

    Posted 17 days ago
    I think this is good conversation here!
    I personally showed my support and would like my name on the list because I support the statements in the paragraphs which I'm copy pasting from Jan's email.  My understanding in reading this is that our support and donation goes to these organizations noted here.  It does not go specifically to BLM nor does it state solidarity with BLM outright.  I also have had some concern about the organization.  However it says "We firmly believe that Black Lives Matter" and "support for the protection of Black lives and the advancement of Black livelihood"  I personally can totally get behind that.

    Jan can you confirm?  Or add input?


    Paragraph at top of page

    "We the undersigned architects and design professionals, in solidarity with NOMA, the National Organization of Minority Architects, hereby express our complete commitment to and support for the protection of Black lives and the advancement of Black livelihood. We firmly believe that Black Lives Matter. We are particularly concerned that at the present time, of the 116,000+ licensed architects in America, barely two percent are Black, and less than a quarter of Black architects are women. Our nation can only thrive when there is complete equality under the law and the justice system, and equal opportunity for all-in education, health care, housing accommodation, and all occupations, including our own."

     

    Paragraph at bottom of page

    "The Architects Foundation's Diversity Advancement Scholarship supports minority students with a multi-year award towards their architectural education. This scholarship fund needs your support to increase diversity in the architecture profession at any NAAB-accredited school, especially at the seven accredited Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Please consider making a generous donation (architectsfoundation.org/donation) to help design a better future for all of us."






  • 13.  RE: BLM page in NYT update

    Posted 17 days ago

    Fellow Fellows,

    I have received a variety of responses to my comments on the AIA NYT page.  Architects seem to have a variety of views on BLM, suggesting that the NYT piece is inappropriately representing the image that all architects are in agreement on the Black Lives Matter organization.  I received a thoughtful note from Karin J. Liljegren FAIA quoting from the proposed NYT page.  She reminded me that   "it says "We firmly believe that Black Lives Matter" and "support for the protection of Black lives and the advancement of Black livelihood."  May I suggest that in the least the page be modified to eliminate the capitalizations and read simply "black lives matter," adjust any other capitalizations of those words, and eliminate the term BLM altogether.  Hence the message will appropriately express the beliefs in what I trust are the views of all of us architects that our culture must focus upon rededication and peaceful action in support of our constitutional belief in the universal equality of all peoples.

    Bill Kreager FAIA

    Seattle

     






  • 14.  RE: BLM page in NYT update

    Posted 17 days ago

    Hi Bill:

     

    It seems to me that because the BLM movement has been reported by a number of sources responsible for violent protests and shooting of police that such an assertion in itself should be of concern that the AIA should be extremely cautious about associating with such an organization.  Certainly the creation of such an organization would very likely attract those members of society with extreme views.  White supremacy, the KKK, the weather underground, the black Panthers  and other groups allow for people with extreme views to come forward for the sole purpose of disrupting social order.  This is not what the AIA should be about.

     

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    Fellow Fellows, I have received a variety of responses to my comments on the AIA NYT page. Architects seem to have a variety of views on BLM,... -posted to the "College of Fellows" community

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    Re: BLM page in NYT update

    William H. Kreager FAIA

    Oct 2, 2020 4:32 PM

    William H. Kreager FAIA

    Fellow Fellows,

    I have received a variety of responses to my comments on the AIA NYT page.  Architects seem to have a variety of views on BLM, suggesting that the NYT piece is inappropriately representing the image that all architects are in agreement on the Black Lives Matter organization.  I received a thoughtful note from Karin J. Liljegren FAIA quoting from the proposed NYT page.  She reminded me that   "it says "We firmly believe that Black Lives Matter" and "support for the protection of Black lives and the advancement of Black livelihood."  May I suggest that in the least the page be modified to eliminate the capitalizations and read simply "black lives matter," adjust any other capitalizations of those words, and eliminate the term BLM altogether.  Hence the message will appropriately express the beliefs in what I trust are the views of all of us architects that our culture must focus upon rededication and peaceful action in support of our constitutional belief in the universal equality of all peoples.

    Bill Kreager FAIA

    Seattle

     




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    I think this is good conversation here!

    I personally showed my support and would like my name on the list because I support the statements in the paragraphs which I'm copy pasting from Jan's email.  My understanding in reading this is that our support and donation goes to these organizations noted here.  It does not go specifically to BLM nor does it state solidarity with BLM outright.  I also have had some concern about the organization.  However it says "We firmly believe that Black Lives Matter" and "support for the protection of Black lives and the advancement of Black livelihood"  I personally can totally get behind that.

     

    Jan can you confirm?  Or add input?

     

     

    Paragraph at top of page

    "We the undersigned architects and design professionals, in solidarity with NOMA, the National Organization of Minority Architects, hereby express our complete commitment to and support for the protection of Black lives and the advancement of Black livelihood. We firmly believe that Black Lives Matter. We are particularly concerned that at the present time, of the 116,000+ licensed architects in America, barely two percent are Black, and less than a quarter of Black architects are women. Our nation can only thrive when there is complete equality under the law and the justice system, and equal opportunity for all-in education, health care, housing accommodation, and all occupations, including our own."

     

    Paragraph at bottom of page

    "The Architects Foundation's Diversity Advancement Scholarship supports minority students with a multi-year award towards their architectural education. This scholarship fund needs your support to increase diversity in the architecture profession at any NAAB-accredited school, especially at the seven accredited Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Please consider making a generous donation (architectsfoundation.org/donation) to help design a better future for all of us."



     

     

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    Original Message:
    Sent: 10/2/2020 4:32:00 PM
    From: William H. Kreager FAIA
    Subject: RE: BLM page in NYT update

    Fellow Fellows,

    I have received a variety of responses to my comments on the AIA NYT page.  Architects seem to have a variety of views on BLM, suggesting that the NYT piece is inappropriately representing the image that all architects are in agreement on the Black Lives Matter organization.  I received a thoughtful note from Karin J. Liljegren FAIA quoting from the proposed NYT page.  She reminded me that   "it says "We firmly believe that Black Lives Matter" and "support for the protection of Black lives and the advancement of Black livelihood."  May I suggest that in the least the page be modified to eliminate the capitalizations and read simply "black lives matter," adjust any other capitalizations of those words, and eliminate the term BLM altogether.  Hence the message will appropriately express the beliefs in what I trust are the views of all of us architects that our culture must focus upon rededication and peaceful action in support of our constitutional belief in the universal equality of all peoples.

    Bill Kreager FAIA

    Seattle

     




    Original Message:
    Sent: 10/2/2020 12:52:00 PM
    From: Karin J. Liljegren FAIA
    Subject: RE: BLM page in NYT update

    I think this is good conversation here!
    I personally showed my support and would like my name on the list because I support the statements in the paragraphs which I'm copy pasting from Jan's email.  My understanding in reading this is that our support and donation goes to these organizations noted here.  It does not go specifically to BLM nor does it state solidarity with BLM outright.  I also have had some concern about the organization.  However it says "We firmly believe that Black Lives Matter" and "support for the protection of Black lives and the advancement of Black livelihood"  I personally can totally get behind that.

    Jan can you confirm?  Or add input?


    Paragraph at top of page

    "We the undersigned architects and design professionals, in solidarity with NOMA, the National Organization of Minority Architects, hereby express our complete commitment to and support for the protection of Black lives and the advancement of Black livelihood. We firmly believe that Black Lives Matter. We are particularly concerned that at the present time, of the 116,000+ licensed architects in America, barely two percent are Black, and less than a quarter of Black architects are women. Our nation can only thrive when there is complete equality under the law and the justice system, and equal opportunity for all-in education, health care, housing accommodation, and all occupations, including our own."

     

    Paragraph at bottom of page

    "The Architects Foundation's Diversity Advancement Scholarship supports minority students with a multi-year award towards their architectural education. This scholarship fund needs your support to increase diversity in the architecture profession at any NAAB-accredited school, especially at the seven accredited Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Please consider making a generous donation (architectsfoundation.org/donation) to help design a better future for all of us."




    Original Message:
    Sent: 10/2/2020 12:35:00 PM
    From: Charles E. Dagit Jr. FAIA
    Subject: RE: BLM page in NYT update

    Hi All:

    I agree with Bill Kreager and am very concerned by numerous discussions in the press about the Marxist roots of BLM. While I do not have proof, there is considerable reporting about BLM being involved with, supporting, and organizing violent demonstrations including riots and police shootings.  Troubling is the founders, the leadership of the movement, Patrisse Cullors,  Alicia Garzo and Opal Tometi who have publicly stated that they are trained Marxists. Their "What We Believe" page, since taken down, avowed removal of the nuclear family, among other troubling statements.  The connection with the Black Panthers movement and Eric Mann is also a concern.  

     

    I do not believe in the light of this publicity that AIA should be actively supportive of the organization.

     

    Charles E. Dagit, Jr., FAIA

    381 Williamson Road

    Gladwyne, PA 19035

     

    cdagit@comcast.net

    215 817 6591

    www:charlesdagitjr.com

     




    Original Message:
    Sent: 9/30/2020 7:37:00 PM
    From: Richard Buday FAIA
    Subject: RE: BLM page in NYT update

    William,

    This might help:
    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/18/technology/no-a-black-lives-matter-co-founder-didnt-partner-with-a-pro-communist-chinese-group.html


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    Richard Buday FAIA
    Archimage, Inc.
    Houston TX
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    Original Message:
    Sent: 09-30-2020 18:23
    From: Richard Buday
    Subject: BLM page in NYT update

    William,

    Do you have credible evidence supporting your contention? And I emphasize the word "credible."

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    Richard Buday FAIA
    Archimage, Inc.
    Houston TX

    Original Message:
    Sent: 09-30-2020 17:52
    From: William Kreager
    Subject: BLM page in NYT update

    Fellow Fellows,

     

    I am extremely concerned that the College of Fellows, in an earnest attempt to express justified concern over the issues of equal employment opportunity, equal social opportunity and equal treatment under the law for all races and ethnicities, is looking to do so under the bold banner of BLM, Black Lives Matter.  Has no one in this effort studied the basic published agenda and precepts of BLM and become aware that BLM leadership is self-avowedly pro-Marxist and staunchly against the historic western culture precepts of the structured nuclear family and free expression, both political and religious, in the public sphere?

     

    Check it out!  It is unfortunately true.  Our earnest concern for equality for all has been hijacked by an organization that has somehow convinced much of the naïve public, and many in our College of Fellows, that BLM is the banner to follow.  Of course black lives matter, but the direction that BLM will lead us will only expand distrust and confusion and exacerbate violence.

     

    Please continue the earnest pursuit of equality but disassociate from the term and organization BLM.

     

    William H. Kreager FAIA

    Seattle, Washington




    Original Message:
    Sent: 9/29/2020 4:48:00 PM
    From: Jan Wampler FAIA
    Subject: BLM page in NYT update

    Dear all,

    Included in this email are the graphics for the New York Times page and the text that both AIA and NOMA have approved for both the top and the bottom of the page.

    We hope to have this published in an October issue. However, to do so we need a total of 500 names and now have about 300. If we have 500 names, then the cost per name would be $100. We have two $1,000 donations so far, and more donations of this amount or more from large firms and organizations would be of great help in funding the NYT page.

    Please send donations of $100 or more to: https://architectsfoundation.networkforgood.com/projects/110109-architects-for-black-livelihood-fundraising

    If you are a student, please donate what you can afford.

    In the event that we exceed our fundraising goals for the page or have insufficient funds for it, the raised funds will go directly to the Diversity Advancement Scholarship of the AIA.

    Also please pass this message on to others you may know and ask them to CC wampler@mit.edu on their return emails. 

    Finally, please indicate to me the correct way you would like your name to appear on the NYT page.

    It has been a long time organizing this page, and finally we have all the parts ready to go as soon as we can raise the money for it.

    Thanks to all for your patience and willingness to have your names listed on this page.

    What we are doing is a giant step forward toward racial and social justice. 

    Please see below:

    Paragraph at top of page

    "We the undersigned architects and design professionals, in solidarity with NOMA, the National Organization of Minority Architects, hereby express our complete commitment to and support for the protection of Black lives and the advancement of Black livelihood. We firmly believe that Black Lives Matter. We are particularly concerned that at the present time, of the 116,000+ licensed architects in America, barely two percent are Black, and less than a quarter of Black architects are women. Our nation can only thrive when there is complete equality under the law and the justice system, and equal opportunity for all-in education, health care, housing accommodation, and all occupations, including our own."

     

    Paragraph at bottom of page

    "The Architects Foundation's Diversity Advancement Scholarship supports minority students with a multi-year award towards their architectural education. This scholarship fund needs your support to increase diversity in the architecture profession at any NAAB-accredited school, especially at the seven accredited Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Please consider making a generous donation (architectsfoundation.org/donation) to help design a better future for all of us."

    Below is a graphic of the NYT page:

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    Please email me at wampler@mit.edu if you have any questions.

    Thank you,

    Jan Wampler

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Jan Wampler, FAIA
    Distinguished Professor, ACSA

    Markborough Endowed Professor, USF
    Professor of Architecture, Emeritus, MIT

    Jan Wampler Studio  Architecture/Urban Design
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  • 15.  RE: BLM page in NYT update

    Posted 15 days ago

     

    Colleagues:

     

    I am firmly opposed to the proposed piece in the NY Times.  Of course, all Fellows are entitled to their views and they can sign-on to anything they choose.  However, I don't think this piece should be associated with the College of Fellows without a full vote.

     

    I don't know the hearts and minds of other people, but I can state that my impression here is that some or all of the proposed signatories are more concerned with showing how "woke" they are (so that they can feel good) rather than actually doing any tangible good.  I say that because this piece will only enrich the dishonest NY Times and will do no good for the black-owned businesses and families who have been destroyed by the BLM rioters.  Why not give them the money?  While the sentiment that "black lives matter" is certainly true and deserving of support, the organization Black Lives Matter is a self-avowed (is that a credible source?) anarchist group intent on the destruction of the United States.  You just have to look at the news and YouTube to see them terrorizing people (white and otherwise) who won't take a knee and spew the magic words before them.  Maybe I would feel differently if someone could point to something (anything) they have done to improve black lives in Seattle, Portland, Chicago, New York, San Francisco or anywhere else.

     

    Charles R. Heuer, FAIA, Esq.

    The Heuer Law Group

    2170 Lonicera Way

    Charlottesville, VA  22911

    434-973-8883

    cheuer@heuerlaw.com

     

     






  • 16.  RE: BLM page in NYT update

    Posted 14 days ago
    Sorry, but I don't see AT ALL how this helps our AIA and COF goal of increasing the number of black architects.  A newspaper page is not going to achieve that in any way.  This action is not mentoring, it is posturing.  That kind of money would pay for over 200 ARE tests.

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    Natividad Soto FAIA, LEED AP BD+C
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  • 17.  RE: BLM page in NYT update

    Posted 13 days ago

    As our AIA National President reminded us back in July – we can donate to AIA Foundation –Diversity Scholarship

    Original Message:
    Sent: 07-17-2020 08:15

    Fellows can donate to the AIA Foundation Diversity Advancement Scholarship and put COF in the "honor" field.

    architectsfoundation.networkforgood.com/projects/...

    $25,000 would support one expendable scholarship – a single student for up to 5 years throughout their architectural degree program.

    $150,000 would permanently endow such a scholarship to be awarded every 4-5 years to a new student in perpetuity.

    Both could be named "Fellows Diversity Scholar" 

    Which was subsequently followed up by the $20 for 2020 – everyone I am sure got this email yesterday

     

    Support future architects this World Architecture Day!

     

    Now more than ever, communities need architects, and future architects need your support.

     

    The Architects Foundation works to advance the future of the profession nationwide. Our Diversity Advancement Scholarship is especially important to attract and inspire the next generation.

     

    At this critical time, we cannot lose momentum.

     

    In honor of World Architecture Day, today we launch our end-of-year giving campaign! Our goal is $20 from 20,000 AIA members.

     

    You're invited to help us make a difference today. Set up a fundraising page and rally 20 people in your network to donate $20 to support future architects who will create positive impact in the world.

     

     

     

     

     

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  • 18.  RE: BLM page in NYT update

    Posted 12 days ago
    Agreed!

    Dr. Sharon Egretta Sutton, FAIA
    Distinguished Visiting Professor of Architecture
    • Parsons School of Design @The New School
    Distinguished Professor • ACSA
    Medal of Honor • AIA New York and AIA Seattle Chapters
    Website: https://sites.google.com/site/aiaseattlehonors/aia-seattle-honors/aia-seattle-medal-of-honor/sharon-sutton-faia

    When Ivory Towers Were Black
    A Story about Race In America’s Cities and Universities
    (Fordham University Press, 2017)

    Youth Activists Transforming Injustice
    (Fordham University Press, 2021)




  • 19.  RE: BLM page in NYT update

    Posted 18 days ago

    Dear William H.Kreager

    I am responding to your notice on the FAIA site.

    We have heard rumors that BLM have made connections with China but did not have any credible information that this is true. In addition, we were told there is another organization of the same name that confuses the issue.  Furthermore, we are not supporting the organization of BLM but instead using the logo as is being used all over the country.  As you may know there was a full page in the NYT from Jewish Organizations that also used BLM as a headline. Finally please look at the two links below:  https://www.bendthearc.us/american_jews_black_lives_matter

    www.nytimes.com/2020/09/18/technology/...

    Thank you

    Jan Wampler

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    Jan Wampler FAIA
    Jamaica Plain MA
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  • 20.  RE: BLM page in NYT update

    Posted 18 days ago