PSC and our student allies are mounting a multipronged effort to oppose Mayor Bloomberg’s cuts to CUNY. His Preliminary Budget proposes $63.1 million in cuts and unfunded mandatory expense increases for CUNY community colleges. It would also zero out funding for Vallone Scholarships, Black Male Initiative, Murphy Institute for Worker Education, Center for Puerto Rican Studies, the Dominican Studies Institutes and Creative Arts Team. Here’s how you can help.
Download, print and distribute a one pager about PSC’s City budget platform.
Meet your Council Member face-to-face in their District office. The Legislation Committee and our Borough Coordinators are scheduling local delegation visits with Council Members in their district offices on April 20th and 29th and on May 6th and 13th. Contact Amanda Magalhaes (212-354-1252 ext 221) and we’ll register you to take part in lobby visits.
Come to the May 5 rally at City Hall at 4:00. This is our most important demonstration of the year, and we need you to be there. CUNY faculty and staff and students will meet at City Hall at 4:00 PM and march from there to Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) on Chambers Street—physically linking our protest against budget cuts to our vision for the University. This will be a show of solidarity and strength where we will stand up for a fair contract and for the funding that makes it possible.
Contact Alex Reusing to let us know that you’re coming, and invite five coworkers to come with you. We won’t get the budget restorations or the contract that we deserve is we don’t stick together and make a show of solidarity and strength. Here’s a flyer to download and distribute. Students are welcome to attend.
Lobby alongside CUNY students at our CUNY at the Council day. This student/faculty advocacy day is scheduled for May 11th. PSC, the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) and University Student Senate of CUNY are cosponsoring the event, which will take place at the City Council offices at 250 Broadway.
Amanda Magalhaes (212-354-1252 ext 221) is the contact for that event as well. She can register you to take part in lobby visits attended by students, faculty and staff from CUNY. CUNY students can sign up by stopping by their local NYPIRG office. Here is a flyer to download and distribute.
President Barbara Bowen’s Press Statement on the Mayor’s Proposed Cuts
Secretary Arthurine DeSola’s Testimony before the City Council Higher Education Committee
Excerpts from testimony delivered by BMCC Chapter Chair Joyce Morman and LaGuardia Chapter Chair Lorraine Cohen and PSC member Heidi Lopez
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