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WELCOME

TO CUNY

This gu ide contains what they won't tell you at orientation , stuff they don't want youto know.
Everything here has been written, compiled, printed, and delivered to you by your classmates
at CUNY, all of whom see the world through different political lenses, and come from different
cultures and places - yet share in the belief that an educationfor us is an educationby us.

The truth of what 's happening at our university is what brought the authors of this guide
together, and is what we hope to share w ith you throughout these pages.

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01 Paying More for Less
02 #FreeCUNY
05 $7K or Strike
07 Making Out Like Bandits
08 Campus Cops
09 The Military Occupation of City College
10 CUNYand the Colonization of Palestine
12 Sanctuary
13 Join the Struggle

If you 're interested in what you read, check out cunyslam.orgfor info on how to get
invo lved in our federat ion , or contact any of the clubs mentioned in this guide.
Th is particular version of the CUNYDisorientation Guidewas prepared for Brooklyn
College. If you 're curious about what 's happening on other CUNYs, check out our
webs ite!

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THE FALL 2018

TUITION

HIKES

The Boardof Trusteeshasmovedto approvea $100tuition hike effectiveFall 2018,a decisionthey made between
semesters.This hike is not only part of a long trend to withhold educationfrom those who needit the most
-working classand immigrant New Yorkers-but was carriedout during a time in which studentswould not be
able to put up a fight Without action,studentswill facesimilar hikesscheduledforthe next threeyears.

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It would be reasonableto assumethat after 40 yearsof tuition
hikes, CUNYis running a decentoperation.Anyonewho's sat

If this is the situationat CUNYseniorcolleges,canyou
begin to imaginethe reality in its communitycolleges?

through a CUNYclass-nay, anyonewho's set foot on a CUNY
campusknowsthat "decent"doesnot describethe reality of
CUNY.To illustratethe extent of CUNY'sdecay,let's
examinethe situationat one of the system'sseniorcolleges

Although enrollment in CUNYhassteadilyrisenover
the years,the universityhasreceivedthe same,if not
less,funds from the state.

(CityCollege)during 2015 alone:
To keep-upwith the growing numberof incoming
• An assessmentfound that the faculty of its EngineeringSchool students,CUNYhashired 23% more adjunctfaculty
was so "disengagedand beaten"that if "seriousshortcomings" since2009 (comparedto a stagnantnumber of fullwere not rectified,the schoolcould fail to earn reaccreditation. time faculty) - suchthat the majority of coursesat
• Both the departmentsof Humanitiesand Educationat CCNY
saw budgetcuts of more than 40% each.

CUNYare now taught by professorsearninglessthan a
living wage.

• The MathematicsDepartmentopted to create"super-sized"
sectionsto stuff as many studentsas possiblein a singleclass.

Thereis no questionin students·mindsthat the crisis

• Accordingto MichaelGreen,professorof chemistryat CCNY,

in CUNYhasdesecratedits academic,social and

the ChemistryDepartmentmay no longer conductworkshops.

infrastructuralintegrity.

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THE FREEACADEMY
The first CUNY was founded in 1847 to meet the demands
of working class and immigrant New Yorkers for a free and
quality higher education. Upon its establishment, the
"proletarianHarvard, the on ly elite institution ever owned
by the man in the street; wou ld become the first public
institution of higher education in the country.
However, as class and race tensions in America climaxed in
the twentieth century, several hundred Black and Latino
students from across CUNY, with tremendous support from
their communities, convened and chained the gates of City
College, occupied the school, and renamed it the Harlem
University in 1969. Their demand was for CUNY to
admit non-white students in the same proportion as nonwhite graduates from New York City high schools.
Students took over 17 buildings in City Col lege for two
weeks to force the administration to accept minority
students. Radical actions spread to Brook lyn College ,
Lehman, Queens College, BMCC, and other campuses in
support of open admissions. Through militant student
struggle, open admissions was won, along with the
creation of Black and Puerto Rican Studies Departments.
From the dust of this strugg le arose Hostos Community
College in the heart of the South Bronx's overwhelming ly
Black and Latino communities. It wasn't long before these
new students organized hunger -strikes, occupations, and
strikes to improve Hostos' inadequate facilities in one of
the most prolonged and successful movements in NYC.

In 1969, blackand Puerto RicanCity
Collegestudents protested underrepresentationof minority students.
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radicalism - such that in 1973, after voting to strike, CUNY
faculty and staff won their first contract.

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Despite backlash from the city government and CUNY's
administration, the increased demand for remedial courses
was justified, seeing as data on open admissions indicated
that it "provided opportunities that students used well, and
that it translated into direct benefits in the job market and
clearly augmen t ed the economic base," proving once and
for all that a universa l, free, high -quality education existed
in the realm of possibi lity.

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THE ROBBER BARONS
The term robber baron has its roots in medievalGermanlords who chargedillegal tolls on the
commonroads crossingtheir lands - all without adding anything of value, but instead lining
their pocketsat the cost of the social good.

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Needlessto say,the changingparadigmin education representeda crucial threat to market
fundamentalists.In retaliation, NYU's presidentjoined others on the private and financial
sectorin Lobbying for an end to free tuition in 1971.
Duringthe fiscal crisis of New York City in 1975, conservativesled by PresidentGerald Ford
and Vice PresidentNelsonRockefeller, struck a decisiveblow against CUNY.Facedwith
deepeningfiscal difficulties, the Ford administrationsimply pulled the plug on federal funding
of cities. Immediately thereafter, a cabal of bankersled by Citibankrefusedto roll over the
city's debt and thereby pushedNew York into bankruptcy.
Encouragedby Rockefeller,who as governor of New York had long held CUNY's tuition-free
status in his crosshairs,PresidentFordthen announcedhe would withhold federal aid from
New York City until it eliminated open admissionsand free tuition from CUNY.The savings,of
course, would go to pay off the banksterbondholderswho capitalizedfrom the city's collapse.

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WE'RE NOT ASKING FOR WHAT'S OURS

CUNYwas free
for most of its
existence


We knowthat #FreeCUNY
is not an outrageousdemandbecause
NewYorkCityand NewYorkStateareoperatingat a $4 billion and
$1 billion budgetsurplus,respectively.
Thesefundsaloneare more
than enoughto coverthe $800 millionrequired
to makeCUNY
tuitionfree, accordingto an estimateby CUNY'sown budget
director.Whatis outrageousis the indignitythat CUNYexecutives
and politicians,both doingthe biddingof the NewYorkCityelite,
imposeon our university'sstudentsand faculty.

For130 years- that is,the overwhelmingmajorityof CUNY'sexistence- the universityoperatedat no costto its
students.Duringthat period,CUNYstudentsoccupiedtheir campuses,
stormedthe hallsof government,and put their
bodieson the line to defendtheir rightto be productivemembersof societyby receivinga free and quality education.
Today,CUNYactivismhasbeenrelegatedto what the CUNYbossesdeemto be politicallycorrect- resultingin
marginalvictoriesat best
In March1995,20,000CUNYstudentswere attackedby policeafter surroundingcity hall to protesta draconian
tuition increase.Thisprotest,organizedbythe CUNYCoalitionAgainstthe Cuts,markedan upsurgein student
movementactivitythat continuedinto 1996,when the grouptransformedinto the StudentLiberationAction
Movement(SLAM),a multiracialradicalorganization.Before disbandingin 2004,SLAMestablishedchaptersat CUNY
collegesin au five boroughsof the city.
In the summerof 2018,a new generationof CUNYclub leaderscametogetherto revive the studentliberationaction
movement

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1989 protesting
a proposed
tuition increase.
Sara Krulwich
The NY Times

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When our prof essors are forced into the mental and physical strain of living in poverty, how can we
expect t hem to provide us with the atten t ion and care necessary for a quality education?
As students, we must encourage our faculty to take bold action that will improve our university this means nothing short of supporting a vote to strike.
"For decades the standar d of living for most of CUNY's workers has been ground down, while the
lowest tier of its educational workforce - adjunct faculty - has become larger and more
impoverished. ·
With these words, adjuncts from the Professional Staff Congress (PSC)facu lty union at the Graduate
Center introduced the following resolution earlier this year. Essentially, it calls for a strike in the
event that the state refuses to provide CUNY with the funds to raise adjunct wages to a living
st andard.
The resolution passed with overwhelming support.

Resolution
Whereas adjuncts make up 57% of the faculty at CUNY and teach 53% of classes, at an average rate
of $3,500 per three -credit class with no compensation for research or advising, amounting to an
annual salary of $28,000 for the same courseload as full -time professors, who make $47,000 at t he
lowest step;
Whereas adjunct poverty is det rimental to student success since adjuncts, who teach t he majority of
required courses, are force d to work additiona l jobs and consequently do not have the time they
need and want to dedicate their students;
Whereas $7k per course amoun ts to a living wage in New York City and is parity with what a full time lecturer makes at CUNY for the same work;
Whereas deva luing adjunct labor is the principa l means of devaluing t he labor of CUNY education
workers across al l t it les;
Whereas t he PSC has rightly put adjuncts at the center of the current cont ract campaign by
demanding an adjunct minimum wage of $7,000 per three -credit course in the next contract;

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Whereas $7k per course is a bigger demand than what the
PSChas won in past contracts, which rarely keep pace
with inflation, and thus requires more than collective
bargaining supplemented by occasional demonstrations to
win·
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Whereasthe PSCLeadershiphas admitted in the 26 March
2018 bulletin This Week in the PSCthat "the campaign to
more than double adjuncts' pay will be waged not at the
bargaining table";

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GraduateCenter faculty votes in favor of
$7k or strike
Photo:CUNY Struggle(April2018)

Whereasthe inefficacy of lobbying is exemplified by the
PSC'spersistent Lobbyingyear after year for the $200m
Maintenance of Effort bill, which failed to stop Cuomo
from vetoing it and failed to convince state Lawmakersto
override the veto despite having enough votes;
Whereas educators acrossthe country, especially in West
Virginia where striking teachers won 5% raises for all state
workers, have shown the power and necessity of striking
as an alternative means to achieving significant victories
for workers;
Whereasthe acts of striking teachers in West Virginia and
elsewhere have been acts of self-care, community care,
and care for students, and, analogously, a strikeat CUNY
would also be an act of carefor ourselves,our community,
and our students, whoseLivesare deeply impactedby our
viciouslyLowpay;

CUNYf acuity unionat the state capitol

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Whereas striking would be a significant step toward
defeating the Taylor Law and would thus further not only

Photo:CUNY PSC (2017)

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our interests but also those
of all public-sector unions in
New York State;
Therefore be it resolved that
the members of the PSC
assembled at the 26 April
2018 Graduate Center
chapter meeting support
going on strike if CUNY
management does not offer
$7k per course at the
bargaining table.

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CUNYf acuity unionralliesfor a new contract
Photo:Luigi Morrisfor Left Voice (December2017)

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MAKING OUT
LIKE BANDIT
Two years ago, Lisa Coico announced her resignation from the presidency of City College. While imposing
40 percent cuts to the Humanities and Arts, as well as other departments, because of "budget
insufficiencie s", Coico made out with $600,000 in embezzled funds to pay for her own personal expenses.
In effect, our tuition went to cover her frui t baskets, housekeeping services, rugs, and even a $20,000
security deposit on her rental home.
Instead of forcing Coico to repay the university, $150,000 were taken from CUNY'sResearchFoundation to
make up for her burglary. To add insult to injury, Coico continues to teach at our school's medical
department in spite of being under FBI investigation.
Several New YorkTimesarticles chronicled the incident, which happened during a time in which tuition
was steadily rising with the justification that there was no money to pay our professors or programs despite executive salaries seeing a considerable increase.
Seniorcollege presidentswho earnedup to $371,460receivedraisesto as much as $402,700asthe Coicoscandal
was underway.TheNewYorkPostreportedthat SeniorVice Presidentssaw their salariesrise from $306,000to
$331,735.Vicepresidents,deans, associatedeansand assistantdeansalso receivedfatter paychecks.
On the other hand,the maximumcompensationfor the CUNYchancellorremainedat a humble $724,470.The fact
of the matter is that, the averageexecutiveat CUNYmakesmorethan ten times the annualincomeof the median
CUNYstudenthousehold.
To top this preposterous sum of money is a robust housing and transportation benefits package, as if they
need it.
Surely, if these executives are unknown to the average student (probably they've never even interacted
with an average student), it must be becausethey're SO busy earning those six-figure paychecks.
Can't you tell by how well our university is being run?

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In 1932 City College became t he first college campus of the depression years in which a college
president called the police t o violently suppress a studen t protest
Today, CUNY campuses are guarded and patro lled by a force of over 600 so-called "peace officers·.
This force includes foo t and bike patrols, a K9 unit, and the elite Civil Disturbance Response Unit
(SAFE)responsible for monitoring and policing protest activity. CUNY cops are issued bulletproof
vests as if their job is dangerous, even though their department has experience d one fatality in its
entire existence, when a BMCC building collapsed on 9/11. Likethe NYPD, these officershavethe

powerto surveiland arrest, and also Likethe NYPD, they havethe powerto violently limit the free
assemblyof activists, and to generallybrutalizeand harasspowerlesspeoplewith seeminglyno
repercussions
. And as the NYPD's racia lized and anti - poor policing elicits increasing pub lic outcry ,
we must connect t his issue to the policing of CUNY.
On November 21st, 2011 at Baruch College, CUNY cops teamed up with the NYPD to beat and arrest
CUNY student activists who were protes t ing against austerity at CUNY. The students were
attempting to enter a Board of Trustees meeting to confront t his unelected body about its ongoing
economic attack against the students and workers of the CUNY system. In response, the CUNY cops
shoved and clubbed them, and their colleagues in the NYPD hauled 15 students away on phony
charges. The brutality of CUNY security and their col laboration with the NYPD was denounced
widely by students and faculty, but there were no consequences for these officers or the
administra t ors who told them wha t to do, and in the past five years nothing has changed.
In October 2013, City College abruptly shuttered its Mora les/Shakur Center , a hub of student
political activity that had been won in a militan t 1989 student campaign against tuition hikes and
racial and economic injustice at CUNY. When activists protested the theft of this hard -won asset of
the student movement, CUNY peace officers again teamed up with the NYPD to brutalize, and this
time to pepper -spray the stu dent activists, charging one alumni for endangering his small child - by
having her present when the cops decided to get violent! In response CUNY administration did not
distance themse lves from the violence of the CUNY and NYPD cops. Instead , they doubled down,
and charged two student organizers with plotting to incit e a riot - a month after the protest! The
two students were suspended , and nearly expelled. This kind of harassment proves that CUNY and
NYPD cops target activists with the explicit approval of CUNY administration.

According to the 1992 Memorandum of Understanding between CUNY and the NYPD,
cops from the NYPD are only allowed to enter CUNY campuses for non -emergency
reasons when explici t ly summoned by the university. However CUNY cops have
maintained a cozy relationship with th e NYPD that makes this agreement unnecessary .
And the st rength of this weak agreement was tested on November 30th, 2011, when a
NYPD cop wandered onto the campus of College of Staten Island, without being
summoned, to use the bathroom. In the process he harassed cafeteria worker Corey
Holmes for petty drug possession, and attempted a botched arrest that resultedin the
man's death by cardiacarrest. CUNY took no action for t his breach of the Memorandum.

LikewiseCUNYhas beensilent on the well-documentedsurveillanceand attempted
entrapmentof Muslim studentsat BrooklynCollege(andwe can only imagineelsewhere)
by the NYPD, revealed in January of 2016. If CUNY administration authorized this
deplorable campaign of harassment, it should come clean and face th e consequences for
this disgusting violation of academic freedom and basic human decency. But since the
administration insists this operation was conducted without its knowledge, the least they
can do is denounce the NYPD for this breach of the Memorandum. But of course this
denunciation is yet to come. Whether legally or illegally, the CUNY and NYPD police are
increasing ly bound up in the same citywide strategy to criminalize daily life for people of
color , surveil and entrap law abiding Muslims, and violently suppress poli t ical activism.

Article courtesyof CUNYStruggle

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THEMILITARYOCCUPATION

OF CITY
COLLEGE

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Robinsonreviews
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dressedin his full
academicregalia
Photo: CCNY Archives
(June 1928)

When City College was to be established as the fir st public university of the country, New York's wealthy
political establishment trembled in fear. They believed, and rightly so, that educating the children of the
country's immigrant and working class would spread socialism among students and faculty - who would
in turn demand better working and living conditions from their bossesand the state.
In order to suppressthe development of class consciousnessamong the students and workers of the
university, its founder, Townsend Harris, guaranteed that the school's administration and curriculum
would be designed in such a way that it would "inhibit socialism by erecting altars to patriotism·. In
other words, City College would uphold its end of the bargain to educate the children of the working
class - but by promoting unquestioning obedience to the country's military.
To procure this task, the university's first two presidents, both graduates of West Point Military Academy,
made the ReserveOfficer Training Corps (ROTC)mandatory at CUNY.However, in 1927 as a result of
student opposition, th is military service program was no longer forcefully required. From that moment
onward, and without an obligation or incentive to serve in the military, students brought an end to
CUNY'sROTCin 1972.
However, at the insistence of corporate lobbyists, and pressurefrom former General,Secretary of State,
Iraq War advocate, and City College alum Colin Powel~ CUNYreinstated the ROTCin 2013 - now using
financial aid as coercion for enlistment.
Today, alongside a newly entrenched ROTCand a social sciencesschool renamed after a military general,
there sits a Board of Visitors that essentially decides the direction of City College. Among the board's
members are two of America's most barbaric political figures: Madeleine Albright and Henry Kissinger.
The first of the two helped facilitate the illegal and devastating bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999; and
supported sanctions against Iraq over allegations of weapons of mass destruction, sanctions which Later
causedthe deaths of 576,000 Iraqi children.
While Henry Kissinger,the war criminal of the century, used his tenu re at the State Department to
personally orchestrate the deliberate mass killing of civilian populations in Indochina; collude in mass
murder, and later assassination,in Bangladesh; instigate and overseethe murder of the democratically
elected president of Chile (a nation with which the United States has never been at war) to instill a brutal
military dictatorship; plan the murder of the head of state in the democratic nation of Cyprus; incite the
genocide in EastTimor; and plan the kidnapping and murder of a journalist liv ing in Washington D.C..
The militarization of CUNYhas been ongoing since day one, and only by affirming our rights as students,
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CUNY AND THE

No student organizationon our campushas been more
relentlesslyrepressedthan Studentsfor Justicein Palestine(SJP),
a
group of young activistsdedicatedto educatingour community
about the ongoing genocideof Palestinians.

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Whenwe refuseto forget the ethnic cleansethat soughtto
exterminateNativeAmericansfrom the planet;when we look at the colonization of PuertoRicoand
the miseryit's perpetuatedto this day;and when we remember1939 as the year in which the
United Statesturned its backon 20,000Jewishchildrenfleeing from Nazi prosecution,we realize
that the history of this country provides a rich and accessiblevocabularyfor communicating the
realities of Palestine.
Since1948, Palestinian people havebeen suffering under a brutal regimeof occupationenforcedby
racist laws,a racistapartheidwal~ and a racist settlement-expansionproject that hasthe
unconditional support of the UnitedStates.As a result, Israeland the United Statesaretime and
againsidelined in the United Nations GeneralAssemblyby the more than one hundredcountries
that decry Israel'sactions as illegal under international law.
At best,SJP's attempts to sheda light on this violence are met with unreasonablescrutiny. At worst,
and as was the caselast semester,SJP'seventsare cancelledby an administrationthat hasalways
chosento stand on the wrong side of history.

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oncethe
administration
reversedits
cancellation
Photo: CCNY SJP

(May 2018)

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Miko Peled,SJP's guest speakerand a renownedPalestinianliberation activist,the son of
an Israeligenera~and a man whosegrandfatherwas a signatoryof the IsraeliDeclaration
of Independence,was allegedlytoo controversialto speakat City Collegelast semester.
Had SJPnot pursuedlegal action againstthe City Collegeadministrationfor its decision
to canceltheir biggestevent of the year,the school'shistoricallyimperialist
administration(seepage9) would've had its way.
Nevertheless,City Collegehas had no problem authorizingthe Zionist club's ghoulish
speakersin the past Whetherit's soldiersfrom Israel'smurderousarmy,or a man who's
called for the rapeof Palestinian sistersand mothers,or a man who has represented
Israelisettlers in the occupiedterritories and was then turned down by Brazilfor the
position of Israeliambassadorto the country,City Collegehasopen arms.
This is a recurring pattern of behaviorfrom a universitythat hasdenouncedstudent's
efforts to divest the $1 million of our tuition moneythat goesto weaponsmanufacturers,
technologyand securitysystemgiants,aswell as constructionsupplyand engineering
firms that are directly implicated in the colonization of Palestine.
The struggleagainstSouthAfrica'sracistapartheid,the systemwhich saw Nelson
Mandelaimprisoned,is the systemagainstwhich Palestinianpeopleare fighting today.
Internationalsolidaritythrough a call to boycott,divest,and sanctionIsraelis the least
we can do. And when CUNYsuppressesour classmates'actsof solidaritywith Palestine, it
revealsitself to be an extensionof the war machine.

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students hold
a vigil to mark
t he 70 years
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Roundups,door to door inspections, checkpoints,travel bans,inhumanedetention camps,and overnight
deportationshavebeena reality for the millions of immigrantfamilies living in this country.Contraryto
popularbelief,the election of DonaldTrump represents nothing if not a continuationof Obama'slongstandingdeportationpolicy.Nonetheless,today'spolitical climate hasemboldenedthe racistICEagency
to carry out its fascistmandateall the more.
800,000young peoplehavebeenraisedin the USand know of no other home.As a result,manyof these
DREAMers
considereddroppingout of schooland going into hiding in fear of losing their parents.
Someof the more hopeful DREAMersbelievedthat their campuswould providethem with sanctuary
from the fascist, Nazi practices of ICE.Sadly, these students made the fateful error of thinking
that a school run by the same capitalists who profit from human misery could be capable of
feeling empathy for their situation.
On WednesdayMarch29th, ICEagentscameonto the City Collegecampusrequestinginformationon
two students.PresidentVincent Boudreausaidthat the schoolcannot releaseinformationon students
and that ICEagentswere not allowed on campus.Therewas little transparencyabout the situation,and
manyassumedthat the immigration officerswere simply there to intimidatestudents.
Regardless,
an almost two yearcampaignled by studentsand faculty to secure campussanctuaryinto
policywas dismissedby CUNYexecutivesin late 2016 - who insteadwrote a symbolicletter in defense
of DACA.With no tangible protectionto ensurethat our campuscan providesanctuaryfrom ICE,only a
CourtOrderor a Warrantof Deportationis standing betweenour immigrantclassmates,their families,
and the unimaginablesufferingof being separatedor sent to an ICEdetention camp.
All it takes is for an ICEagent to haveconfirmationof a personof intereston campusfor a judge to sign
an orderwarranting an arrest
CUNYexecutives needto cut the bullshit,stop the Liberalposturing,and makeour campusa sanctuary.

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FEDERATION
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We are coalition of several !;)eopleof color -Ledand socialjustice advocating club Leadersand students on campus.Original[y beginning in
2008 in responseto our disillusionment with existing channelsfor student
participation, the student union has fought against tuition increasesand
budget cuts, as well as the surveillance of Muslim students by the NYPD.
The new student union has worked to uphold the radical traditions of past
student coalitions at BrooklynCollege.

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bc-atnet• @bcagainsttrump
• shayhan@bc-at.net

FOR JUSTICE

IN PALESTINE

We are a diversegroup of students,faculty, and community membersat
Brooklyn College,organizedto raise awarenessabout the human rights
violations committed by Israel against the Palestinianpeople. And to build
solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for human rights,justice, freedom,
self-determination and the right of return. We organize and call for Boycott,
Divestmentand Sanctionsof Israel.
facebook
.comjBrooklynSJP
• @bc_sjp
• brooklyncollege
sjpalestine@gmailcom

PUERTO

RICAN

ALLIANCE

Foundedin 1968, as a part of the militant struggle of Blackand Puerto Rican
students for open admissions. Devotedto the advancementof Puerto Ricans
& Latinos through education, cultural, & political awareness.
facebook.corn,'PuertoR
icanAlliance
• @bc_pra• bc.pra1968@gmailcom

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COLLEGE

SOCIALISTS

We are committed to building an organizationthat participatesin the strugglesfor
justice and liberation today--and, ultimately, for a socialist future.

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facebook.com/8rooklynCollegeSociaUsts
• @bcsocialists
• bkcollegeiso@gmailcom
colleCJ.•
socialists
MUSLIMS

GIVING

BACK

We are a student run organizationat BrooklynCollege basedon the non-profit
basedorganization,Muslims Giving Back(MGB).Our goal is to give back and serve
both the local and the international community while also displaying the true image
of Islam through our actions.

facebook.com/mgbatbc•
@bcmgb• bcumrelief@gma
ilcom

"To be young and not a
revolutionary is a
biological contradiction

but to keep going in
life and staying a
revolutionary in a
bourgeois society, that
is the real difficulty."
- Salvador Allende

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