CUNY Rising, a coalition of 33 CUNY-allied groups, including the PSC, will host two hearings for city and state elected officials, one in Brooklyn and one in the Bronx. PSC chapters are helping to organize both events. The Brooklyn hearing was held Wed., April 25. The Bronx hearing will focus on the community colleges and their students. It will be 4 PM Thurs., May 3 at Bronx Community College in Nichols Hall, room 104 (2155 University Ave.). Download a flyer here.
The panel at Brooklyn College consisted of NYC Public Advocate Letitia James, Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte, NYC Council Members Inez Barron and Robert Holden and Ernest Skinner sitting in for Council Member Jumanne Williams. The testimony from students and community groups focused on the effects of public disinvestment in CUNY including the shortage of full-time faculty and advisors at CUNY, low-pay of adjuncts, and the University's crumbling infrastructure. Many student speakers linked the students' push-back against disinvestment and tuition hikes to the CUNY Board of Trustees' pending initiative to restructure student activity fee allocation. They testified that the process has been a sham and that they believe the proposed changes to the activity fee system are an attempt by the Board to stifle free speech on campus and curb student activism. Video of the event is posted here on the CUNY Rising Facebook page.