Social Media Toolkit Feb 10-16

Updated: February 10, 2020
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#FundCUNYNow | #NewDeal4CUNY | #MakeBillionairesPay

This weekend is the annual conference of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic & Asian Legislative Caucus. So we’re focusing on how the underfunding of CUNY affects students of color. “The Caucus” is a bloc of 45 Assemblymembers and 17 Senators with an outsized stake in the success of CUNY students.

CUNY undergraduates are 80% Black, Latinx or Asian. Most CUNY students live in the districts of Caucus members and 20 members of the Caucus are CUNY alumni.

The most important thing an Assemblymember can do this week to support CUNY is to tell Speaker Carl Heastie that increased CUNY funding is their top budget priority.  The most important thing a Senator can do this week is tell Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins that they support higher taxes on the ultra-rich. 

Messages to Amplify

Just retweeting and sharing these messages would be great. Or you can use the resources below to post messages and create content with your own take on this week's theme.

Retweet this message to Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie.

Retweet and share on Facebook these messages to Senate Leader Stewart-Cousins.

Retweet this thread addressed to leaders of the BPHA Caucus. 

Retweet this message to legislators who attended the #MakeBillionairesPay town hall held in the PSC Union Hall on Saturday.

 

Targets for this week

Team members can post messages/create content tagging any of these members of the caucus who are also CUNY alumni.

Legislators with an asterisk (*) next to their name should receive thanks and encouragement for speaking up last week for CUNY funding and progressive taxation at events organized by the PSC or CUNY students.  Here are three templates for sample messages to use or riff off. MAKE SURE YOU PLUG IN THE CORRECT INFO. 

  • Thousands of students of color have graduated from [@college here] but continued underfunding from the State jeopardizes quality and affordability CUNY. Counting on you [@legislator] to fight for [name college]. Tell [@CarlHeastie or @AndreaSCousins] to #FundCUNYNow
  • Our CUNY system, where 80% of students are people of color, is starved for funding. Enough is enough. I’m calling on the @BPHACaucus and [@legislator] to fight to ensure CUNY has the increased funds it needs—without a tuition hike. Urge [@CarlHeastie or @AndreaSCousins] to #FundCUNYNow
  • [@legislator] I work at [@college here], your alma mater. Albany’s underfunding of CUNY may soon make it impossible for us to provide the quality education our students deserve. [Feel free to use specific effects of underfunding from your campus instead of this general statement.] Counting on you & the @BPHACaucus to #FundCUNYNow

 

 

Caucus Members Who Are CUNY Alumni

 

 

Assemblymembers

 

 

Attended

Represents

Twitter

Facebook

Instagram

Speaker Carl Heastie

Baruch MBA

Bronx AD83

@CarlHeastie

Facebook

cheastie

Carmen Arroyo

Hostos

Bronx AD84

 

Facebook

 

Charles Barron

Hunter, NYCCT

Brooklyn AD60

 

Facebook

 

Marcos Crespo

John Jay

Bronx AD85

@MarcosCrespo85

Facebook

marcoscrespo85

Catalina Cruz*

John Jay, Law School

Queens AD39

@CatalinaCruzNY

Facebook

catalinacruzny

Ron Kim*

Baruch MPA

Brooklyn/Staten Island AD40

@rontkim

Facebook

rk4ny

Yuh-Line Niou*

Baruch MPA

Manhattan AD65

@yuhline

Facebook

yuhline_niou

N. Nick Perry

Brooklyn

Brooklyn AD58

@NNickPerry

Facebook

nnickperry

J. Gary Pretlow

QCC, Baruch

Westchester AD89

@JGPretlow

Facebook

jgarypretlow

Karines Reyes

Baruch

Westchester/Bronx AD87

@KarinesReyesNYC

Facebook

karinesreyes87

Diana C. Richardson

Medgar Evers, Baruch MPA

Brooklyn AD43

 

Facebook

vote_richardson

Nader J. Sayegh

Lehman

Westchester/Putnam AD90

@NaderJSayegh

Facebook

nadersayegh90assembly

Al Taylor

Lehman

Manhattan AD71

@assemblymanalt1

Facebook

assemblymanaltaylor

Jaime Williams

KCC, York

Brooklyn AD59

 

Facebook

 

 

Senators

 

Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins

Lehman

Westchester SD35

@AndreaSCousins

Facebook

andreastewartcousins

Jamaal Bailey

Law School

Bronx/Westchester AD36

@jamaaltbailey

Facebook

jamaaltbailey36

Kevin S. Parker

Graduate Center

Brooklyn SD21

@SenatorParker

Facebook

senatorparker

Gustavo Rivera

Graduate Center

Bronx SD33

@NYSenatorRivera

Facebook

nysenatorrivera

James Sanders, Jr.

Brooklyn

Queens SD10

@JSandersNYC

Facebook

senator.james.sanders

 

Resources

Poll reveals 92% on New Yorkers support higher taxes on the ultra wealthy.

Fall 2018 Enrollment by Race/Ethnicity & College

2018-2019 Degrees Granted by Race/Ethnicity and Gender

What it's like to be a student experiencing homelessness in NYC, Video by Young Invincibles

NYSUT TAP Gap Factsheet

Short handout on PSC’s Budget Demands for FY 2021

Sharable images from #MakeBillionairesPay

CUNY Rising Alliance Calling All CUNY Alumni page

 

Quick Facts

  • 80% of CUNY students are Black, Latinx or Asian.
  • On a per-student basis, State funding for CUNY senior colleges has fallen 21% in the last decade, adjusted for inflation.
  • New York State 1 of only 3 states to reduce allocations in FY2020
  • A half-million matriculated and continuing education students attend CUNY.
  • CUNY has about half as many full-time faculty per student than the national average for public colleges and depends on adjunct faculty to provide the majority of its instruction.
  • 12,000 adjunct instructors teach at CUNY; they provide 61% of the undergraduate instruction at CUNY senior colleges.
  • There is only one mental health counselor at CUNY for every 2,700 students; the nationally recommended ratio is 1:1,000.
  • 22% of CUNY students reported being unable to register for a course needed for graduation.
  • More than 60% of CUNY undergraduates have family incomes under $30,000 a year.
  • 45% of undergrads are first-generation students.
  • In a recent survey, 48% reported being food-insecure in the last 30 days. More than half reported experiencing housing insecurity and 14% reported being recently homeless.

 

Offline Events/Actions to Promote This Week

City Tech in Crisis: A Town Hall for All! February 20th 3-5pm at City Tech NAMM 119

#MakeBillionairesPay news conference in Albany, Thurs., Feb. 13, 12:30 PM

Student/Faculty/Staff Higher Education Action Day, Albany, Wed., Feb. 27, register here

 

Images

Images like the one below for the CUNY senior colleges are in this Google folder. If you don't see your senior college yet, check back later.