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Pilot program likely to pass test

By Shomial Ahmad

After a hiatus of nearly 25 years, the military’s college-based officer training curriculum returned to CUNY three years ago as a pilot program. Now the Senior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps – commonly known by the acronyms ROTC or SROTC – is poised to gain a permanent foothold at CUNY.

At the end of May, the pilot program is set to expire and, according to Rishi Raj, ROTC program director at City College of New York, it is set to be made permanent by the U.S. Army Cadet Command.

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The Elections Committee met on Friday, May 13th to certify the spring chapter elections:

  • Brooklyn EOC – Chair - Felicia Wharton
  • College of Staten Island – Chair – George Sanchez
  • Hunter Campus Schools – Chair – David Towber
  • HEO – Chair – Andrea Vasquez
  • Kingsborough – Chair – Rita Yarmish
  • Lehman – Chair – Robert Farrell
  • Manhattan CC – Chair – Geoffrey Kurtz
  • Medgar Evers – Chair – Clinton Crawford
  • New York City Tech – Chair – Benjamin Shepard
  • Queensborough CC – Chair – Edmond Clingan
  • Retiree Chapter – Chair – Bill Friedheim

The effective date of office for the spring chapter elections is May 27, 2016 – 3 year term.

All of the elections were uncontested but two. The official count for the two contested election (CSI and BMCC) is available here.

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The PSC’s film series explores the theme “Surveillance” with a screening of M (Germany, 1931) at 6:30 PM Friday, May 13 in the PSC Union Hall (61 Broadway, 16th Floor). Before leaving Germany the same evening that Joseph Goebbels offered him the top job in the Nazi film industry, the already famous Fritz Lang directed Peter Lorre in Lang’s innovative first sound film, M (Germany, 1931). A serial child murderer sows panic in the city as the public demands his capture. The police mobilize a massive manhunt, trampling on civil liberties in their efforts to locate the criminal. At the same time, the police squeeze the criminal underworld, disrupting its activities, prodding the underworld to organize its own surveillance operation to identify the murderer. Lang brilliantly shows how an internal threat to society provokes a frenzy of institutional surveillance as the twin forces of order and disorder apply their respective professional protocols to identify the culprit, tried in a riveting underworld “court.”

Refreshments provided. $2 suggested donation. Doors open at 6 PM.

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After a break-through victory in New York, the Fight for $15 is celebrating, but they aren’t letting up on their demand for a $15-per-hour minimum wage and union rights for every low-wage worker in every state. Nearly 64 million American workers are still earning poverty wages less than $15 per hour. Thursday, April 14 is Fight for $15’s next global day of action. After successfully pushing lawmakers in Albany to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour in NYC by 2018 and at least $12.50 an hour upstate by 2021, the New York campaign is mobilizing a day long series of events to continue the fight to improve wages and strengthen worker protections. Download a flier. RSVP with PSC Organizing Director Deirdre Brill (dbrill@pscmail.org) for any of these actions:

  • Morning: 6 AM rally at 1560 Broadway (SW Corner 47th St.) with worker testimonials, including one from a CUNY adjunct, followed by a march to the TV cameras outside of the Good Morning America Studio (44th and Broadway).
  • Midday: 9:30 AM rally w/Justice For Akai Gurley, 320 Jay St
  • Evening: 4 PM rally at the corner of 42nd St. and 7th Ave.), followed by a 5:30 PM March Against Hate targeting Donald Trump and a GOP Gala
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Members will elect leadership for eleven PSC chapters this month. To see which chapters are up for election, click here for the official election notice for the April 2016 elections.

Ballots together with pre-paid return envelopes were mailed to members’ home addresses on April 1. In uncontested elections, ballots must be received by 5 pm at the PSC office on April 28. In contested elections, they are due at the office of the designated ballot-counting organization by 5 pm on April 28. All ballots will be counted at 10 am on April 29.

If you are a PSC member at one of the chapters up for election and have not received a ballot mailed to your home address by Friday, April 8, please call the PSC office at 212-354-1252 for a replacement ballot.

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Hundreds More Rally Demanding Cuomo and Legislative Leaders Pass a State Budget that Invests in CUNY Students and Professors

New York, March 24, 2016. —“C-U-N-Y Don’t let CUNY die!” was the chant today as more than 40 faculty and staff from the City University of New York locked arms and lay down blocking the doors and sidewalk outside Governor Cuomo’s midtown office building. The “die in,” held as State budget negotiations reach their final stage, expressed the demand that the final State budget include increased investment in CUNY students and that it fund a contract for CUNY’s faculty and staff, who have worked six years without a raise.

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Alliance of 20+ Groups Calls for Tuition Freeze, More State Funding and Faculty Raises

“CUNY is for the People” read some of the signs at a highly-charged rally outside Governor Andrew Cuomo’s midtown office this evening. Organized by a new and broad coalition, CUNY Rising Alliance, the rally kicked off a community-based campaign to demand increased public investment in the City University of New York, CUNY.

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CUNY students, led by the University Student Senate, will march across the Brooklyn Bridge this Sunday, March 13 to demand State investment in their university, an end to tuition hikes and a fair contract for CUNY faculty and staff. They’re mobilizing CUNY students, alumni, faculty and staff, and elected officials to join in the march. The crowd will assemble Sunday at 12 Noon at City Hall Park before heading to the bridge. Members of the PSC will be marching with the CUNY students to keep the momentum going after Thursday’s #CUNYrising event. RSVP here to join in, and spread the word with this flier. Let’s stand by our CUNY students as they are standing by us. Another CUNY is possible!

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With CUNY facing a half-billion dollar cut in State funding, the city’s most active community groups, civil rights organizations, labor unions and faith-based groups are mobilizing to save their university. They have formed the CUNY Rising Alliance to demand investments in CUNY students, faculty and staff. The Alliance groups will launch their campaign with a mass rally, march and meeting on Thurs., Mar. 10. The action will begin at 5 PM with a rally outside Gov. Cuomo’s Manhattan office (633 Third Ave., between 40th and 41st). It will continue with a march to the Community Church of New York (40 E. 35th St.) where New Yorkers will hear about the crisis at CUNY and plan next steps in the campaign. Please RSVP to let them know you will be there and help spread the word with this flier (English/Spanish). Use the hashtag #CUNYrising on social media to connect with the campaign.

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