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Brooklyn College Vigil and Protest: Wednesday, May 16th
May 16, 2012. The Brooklyn College administration responded with extraordinary force to a student demonstration on May 2nd that protested tuition increases, surveillance on CUNY campuses, and other austerity measures that place extraordinary pressures and burdens on students. In light of the college's administrative response to concerns about that show of force, the Brooklyn College PSC Executive Committee and the Brooklyn College Student Union called on the larger CUNY community to join together on campus on May 16 to support the May 2nd protesters. Close to 200 faculty and students from across CUNY -- and some from SUNY -- participated.
Partly in response to a letter to President Karen Gould from the chapter Executive Committee, felony charges were dropped against one student and CUNY security were NOT on campus for the May 16th vigil. The letter called for charges and disciplinary proceeding against all students to be dropped and raised serious questions and demands about college surveillance of students and the handling of peaceful protest. (See the letter to President Karen Gould).
Shortly before 1 pm on the 16th, faculty, students and staff from across the university walked silently into Boylan Hall to hold a silent vigil and, one-by-one, deliver more than 160 individual letters to President Gould. The letters were deposited in a box in front of her office door.
The letters to President Gould, in the words of the Brooklyn College Chapter Executive Board, signaled "outrage over the state of siege that took place on our campus and tarnished the reputation of our CUNY community, pledg[ed] our support for the students, faculty, and staff abused on that day, especially the two students arrested, and call[ed] on President Gould and the CUNY Administration to stop making excuses for a failed leadership style that places all of our students in jeopardy, both financial and otherwise."