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Brooklyn Demands a New Deal for CUNY

Mar 07, 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.

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