CUNY Digital History Archive

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Open Admissions Fact Sheet

This trifold pamphlet created by SLAM! debunks myths about remedial classes at CUNY's senior colleges and puts forward arguments for keeping CUNY's open admissions program. It educated students about the history and importance of open admissions at [...]

"Birth of a Movement"

This Village Voice article covers the coalition effort that pulled off four simultaneous civil disobedience actions on April 25, 1995, stopping traffic at major bridges and tunnels to fight city budget cuts. Puerto Rican, black and Asian groups [...]

SLAM! Herstory Project

A multimedia oral history archive about the Student Liberation Action Movement (SLAM!, 1996-2007) and the CUNY Coalition (1995) at the City University of New York.

Spheric: Ground Zero

This issue of Spheric, a Hunter College newspaper produced by activists from the CUNY Coalition, covers efforts organized by the Students Liberation Action Movement (SLAM!) to protest New York Governor George Pataki's plan to decrease state funding [...]

Oral History Interview with Provost Basil Wilson for a History of John Jay College of Criminal Justice

This 1999 videotaped interview with Basil Wilson, provost and senior vice president of academic affairs at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, was conducted by Professor Jerry Markowitz for Educating for Justice, a history of John Jay [...]

Voice of the Voiceless, April 20, 1998

In this issue of the BMCC student newspaper, Voice of the Voiceless, the topic of Open Admissions is given full focus with more than twenty articles contributed on the subject from students across the CUNY system. The topic was given special [...]

Save Open Admissions Teach-in - Cultural Festival

This flier by Brooklyn College SLAM! members promoted an event on campus celebrating the diversity of the student body with a cultural festival and teach-in about open admissions. The event was planned to mobilize and educate students on campus and [...]

"CUNY Task Force Chief Accused of 'Ethnic Cleansing'"

This New York Post article reports on a City Council Committee on Higher Education hearing at which council members remarked on the racism inherent in the effort of Mayor Giuliani's task force on CUNY to end open admissions.

CUNY Coalition Against The Cuts - Statement of Purpose

This statement of purpose was collectively written in an open meeting by participants in the CUNY Coalition Against the Cuts. It reflects the radical vision and tactics of the coalition.

Tips for Giving Class Presentations

This flier was used by activists to prepare for giving short presentations—"class raps"—in classrooms to promote the March 23, 1995 demonstration at City Hall. It includes details about the planned tuition hike and cuts to financial aid, and the [...]

Infusion: "CUNY's War on CUNY," October 1998

In this October 1998 edition of Infusion, the circumstances surrounding CUNY’s recent ending of Open Admissions are given national attention. The publication, created by The Center for Campus Organizing, an outlet for “progressive [...]

Love and Rage: Special Anti-Cop Issue

This special issue of Love and Rage, written and published by anarchist CUNY students active in the CUNY Coalition Against the Cuts, covers police repression of student activism at CUNY and police brutality in New York City neighborhoods. One [...]

Newsday: "Enemies List?"

In this pair of articles from the Long Island, NY based Newsday, writer Graham Rayman details the efforts of CUNY officials to track and document the activities of student activists during the budget protests of 1995. Rayman's first article [...]

Open Admissions Protest Flier, October 1997

This Halloween themed flier, from October 1997, calls for participation in an October 26th protest at CUNY’s administrative offices at 535 E. 80th Street. Depicted are Rudolph Giuliani, New York’s mayor, and Herman Badillo, the Vice-Chair of [...]

SLAM! Structure

This flier explains the structure of city-wide SLAM!, which was designed to ensure representation of actual organizing by students on their campuses. This was an effort to build a grassroots coalition that would bypass some of the problems the CUNY [...]

SLAM! Student Meeting Flier

This flier was created by Brooklyn College SLAM! members to promote a meeting on campus to organize protests against a CUNY tuition hike in the spring semester of 1997.

SLAM! the Tuition Hike Flier

Students posted this flier in the hallways of their CUNY campuses across the city, as part of efforts to build and maintain SLAM! chapters at other campuses in addition to Hunter College.

Spheric: Election Special

This special edition of Spheric, a Hunter College newspaper produced by activists from the CUNY Coalition, includes several articles covering the 1996 U.S. presidential election alongside critiques of the nation's political system. It also features [...]

Spheric: Red, White and Blues

This issue of Spheric, a Hunter College newspaper produced by activists from the CUNY Coalition, includes a "special bulletin" that details proposed CUNY budget cuts and tuition increases as well as the efforts undertaken by the Students Liberation [...]

Slam! High School Organizing Program: Youth Rising

This publication was created by SLAM! to showcase poetry by the high school students in the SLAM! High School Organizing Program's creative writing workshop. The students learned poetry writing skills and discussed issues of police abuse, racial [...]