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On Tuesday, September 17, 2013, the New York Police Department arrested six people, including four CUNY students, in an unprovoked police attack against a peaceful protest by students and faculty against CUNY's appointment of former CIA chief General David Petraeus. CUNY students were punched, slammed against vehicles and against the pavement by NYPD officers. On Thursday, September 19 the Delegate Assembly unanimously passed a resolution opposing police violence against peaceful protesters and affirming the right of faculty, staff and students to engage in peaceful protest free from fear of a violent police response. Read the resolution.

Two hundred PSC members joined a union rally at the CUNY Board of Trustees meeting at Baruch College Monday, September 30. Faculty and staff demonstrated inside the Board meeting and in the street outside Baruch to reiterate the union’s refusal to accept an austerity contract for its members or an austerity education for CUNY students. A fair contract, quality education for CUNY students and action in response to the 92% No Confidence in Pathways vote were the union’s demands of the CUNY Board.

A message from PSC President Barbara Bowen.

September 23, 2013

Dear Colleague:

Please join me next Monday, September 30, to demand that the CUNY Board of Trustees re-set its priorities.

Pres. Barbara Bowen started the academic year with a union-wide email about three interlocking issues: the contract, Pathways and the primary elections in New York City. In it she asked PSC members to mark their calendars for Monday, September 30 at 3:30 PM—the time of the first Board of Trustees meeting of the new year. The PSC is mounting a protest on that day to deliver a message to the Board about our priorities.

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PriceOfLifeNYC.org

PSC's statewide affiliate, NYSUT, is cosponsoring this event to engage educators in the fight against human trafficking. Price of Life NYC, which is affiliated with Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, has chapters on many CUNY campuses.

REGISTRATION DETAILS COMING SOON

PriceOfLifeNYC.org

PSC's statewide affiliate, NYSUT, is cosponsoring this event to engage educators in the fight against human trafficking. Price of Life NYC, which is affiliated with Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, has chapters on many CUNY campuses.

PSC has endorsed 42 candidates for New York City Council. Read about them here.

Rally to Stop Layoffs at SUNY Downstate Medical Center—Thurs., Sept. 12

Too many hospitals in Brooklyn are slated for closure or privatization; vital healthcare services and jobs are on the line, and the community is waging an all-out campaign to fight back. Dozens of employees from SUNY Downstate, members of our sister union, United University Professions, will lose their jobs on Sept. 25, and hundreds more layoffs are expected! A coalition of faith, labor and community organizations has called a rally for SUNY Downstate on Thurs., Sept. 12 from 12-1 PM at the hospital’s 470 Clarkson Ave. entrance. Please be there to show your support and solidarity. Download a flier for the rally here. For text message updates on the campaign, text UPSTATE to 57682.

In early July media outlets throughout the nation widely misreported that the Oregon State Legislature passed a plan for “Tuition Free Higher Education” or “Debt Free Higher Education.” The bill that actually passed in Oregon, widely known as Pay It Forward, sets up a commission to propose a pilot program to allow students at two colleges in Oregon to defer their tuition payments until they leave college.

PSC’s national affiliate, the American Federation of Teachers, has raised serious objections to Pay it Forward and similar schemes. PSC opposes the plan for many of the reasons put forward by the AFT, not the least of which is the way Pay It Forward will likely accelerate Oregon’s ongoing divestment in public higher education.

CUNY faculty, staff and students: reserve your spot on the bus for the Saturday, August 24 march. The deadline for registering is Tuesday, August 20 at 5:30 PM.

Civil rights, faith-based and community groups and labor unions, including the PSC, are mobilizing to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the occasion of Martin Luther King’s "I Have a Dream" speech. Support for racial justice and civil rights demonstrated at that march spurred passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. It’s time to take a renewed message of anti-racism and human rights to Capitol Hill, especially after the Trayvon Martin verdict. It’s time to stand together against the recent attack on voter rights, Stand Your Ground laws and racial profiling, and to demand action on unemployment, poverty, gun violence and immigrants’ rights.

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