Brooklyn Demands a New Deal for CUNY

Updated: March 9, 2021
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PSC and the CUNY Rising Alliance joined with Assemblymember Phara Souffrant Forrest to lead a masked, in-person rally and march in Brooklyn Saturday, March 6 to demand a New Deal for CUNY. The New Deal for CUNY is a bill rapidly gaining co-sponsors in the NYS Senate and Assembly that would establish minimum staff-to-student ratios for mental health counselors, academic advisors and full-time faculty at CUNY while raising pay for adjunct faculty and enacting free tuition.

More than 150 marchers--students, faculty, staff, alumni and CUNY allies--gathered at Barclay's Center to call on Brooklyn legislators to co-sponsor the New Deal for CUNY and demand passage of state budget that will dramatically increase CUNY funding. The event started with a press conference and rally in front of Barclays Center featuring statements from NYS

  • Phara Souffrant Forrest, Assembly Member
  • Juvanie Piquant, Chairperson, CUNY University Student Senate
  • Barbara Bowen, President, Professional Staff Congress
  • Diana Richardson, NYS Assembly Member
  • Jo Ann Simon, NYS Assembly Member
  • Andrew Gounardes, NYS Senator
  • Scott Stringer, Candidate for NYC Mayor
  • Brad Lander, Candidate for NYC Comptroller

The speakers argued that massive investment in CUNY is the way to ensure a just, inclusive recovery from the COVID recession—and a better life for millions of New Yorkers. The rally was followed by a march down Flatbush Avenue to the Adams Street entrance of the Namm building at New York City College of Technology, one of four CUNY campuses in Brooklyn.