This Monday (November 28), beginning at 4:00 p.m., what is shaping up as one of the most important protests in recent CUNY history is scheduled to take place.
It will be held in front of the Board of Trustees meeting at the “vertical campus” of Baruch College, which is located on Lexington Avenue between 24th and 25th streets. The Board is slated to approve the latest tuition hike, which like the “Pathways” initiative and the worsening conditions for contingent employees, is aimed squarely against those who study and work at CUNY.
TV news, the press and YouTube are filled with graphic videos and reports on how CUNY management unleashed police brutality against student protesters at the previous Board session, its “hearing” held last Monday at Baruch. Now the Hunter Envoy has released investigatory reports on the direct involvement of the NYPD inside the Baruch lobby. (See below.)
Now, in an evident attempt to lock down the campus and curb dissent and protest, the Baruch administration has unilaterally declared the cancellation of all classes there on Monday beginning at 3:00 p.m.
In response to the outrageous actions by CUNY management last week, student activists have been organizing for a large-scale protest this Monday at Baruch. In response to their appeal, our union, the PSC, has called a demonstration to defend CUNY students, the right to protest, and key positions the union has defended against the depredations of the Board, in front of Baruch this Monday beginning at 4:00.
Activists have also been working to bring unionists and community groups from other struggles around the city, to build solidarity and make a powerful statement at Baruch this Monday beginning at 4:00 that we will not allow the CUNY administration to brutalize and silence the students, faculty and staff of the City University.
Monday’s protest is of crucial importance to members of CUNY Contingents Unite and all those adjunct, Continuing Ed, HEO, CLIP and other activists working to build solidarity in the struggle against CUNY’s two-tier labor system.
Let’s help organize a big and vocal turnout to this Monday’s protest! Bring out your colleagues, friends, energy and determination to the protest at Baruch, this Monday, November 28th, beginning at 4:00 p.m. See you there!