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MCC Strike Committee Bulletin #1

The 1976 contract negotiations between the Professional Staff Congress (PSC) and the university occurred in the midst of the city's mid-1970s fiscal crisis. Radicals at Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) formed a strike committee in order [...]

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 [...]

Archive on Municipal Finance and Leadership

The Archive on Municipal Finance and Leadership at Baruch College makes available significant documentation of the city's fiscal crisis of the 1970s. This archive, compiled by the college's School of Public Affairs and hosted at the William and [...]

25 Years of Progress: Professional Staff Congress/CUNY

In celebration of their 25th anniversary, the Professional Staff Congress/CUNY (PSC) published this collection of articles written by Irwin Yellowitz, "professor emeritus of history at City College and a former PSC treasurer." The articles and [...]

Letter to Brooklyn College President John Kneller on Budget Cuts and Faculty Tenure

During the 1970s, CUNY experienced a fiscal crisis resulting in faculty and staff layoffs, increased tuition, as well as cutbacks in open enrollment. As a result, the coordinators of the Brooklyn College Women's Studies Program drafted this letter [...]

Paying More, Getting Less

"Paying More, Getting Less," produced by Labor at The Crossroads, also known as Labor X, explores the 1995 CUNY budget cuts from both historical and activist perspectives. Janine Jackson, program director and host at Fairness and Accuracy in [...]

"While Hostos is Falling Down, Chase Manhattan is Making Pounds"

This image depicts one of several CUNY wide demonstrations held in against crippling budget cuts that would threatened Hostos Community College's existence. Students were concerned about the impacts of retrenchment on diversity, Open Admissions and [...]

Report of the Citizens' Commission on the Future of the City University of New York

In November 1969, CUNY's Board of Higher Education formed and tasked the Citizens' Commission to "study the future of the University in all its aspects." Their analysis resulted in the creation of an extensive report in 1971 that detailed the [...]

Crisis at CUNY

As the 1970s wore on, students and faculty at CUNY found themselves faced with an ominous environment. While the open admissions struggle of the late 1960s represented a signal achievement in the struggle to secure democratic access to quality [...]

"Students Leave Classes to Rally Against Budget"

This front-page, above-the-fold New York Times coverage of the CUNY Coalition's March 23, 1995 protest reports that thousands of students walked out of class to protest the proposed state and city budget cuts to CUNY. The article relies mainly on [...]

“City University Students at Federal Hall in 1989 protesting a proposed tuition increase.”

CUNY students held strikes and building occupations in 1989 when Governor Mario Cuomo and the CUNY Board of Trustees announced yet another $200 tuition increase. This mass rally was held at Federal Hall, near Wall Street.

UFCT Legislative Memo: Petition Against State Budget Cuts

This memo was issued to the members of the United Federation of College Teachers (UFCT) on behalf of union president Israel Kugler. It announces a petition drive against proposed budget cuts at CUNY. The document illustrates that even in times of [...]

Belle Zeller Memorial Video

Produced in 1998 by the Professional Staff Congress (PSC), the union which represents CUNY faculty and staff, this short memorial video celebrates the professional achievements of Belle Zeller, a “one-of-a-kind figure” in the history of CUNY. [...]

Letter to Mayor Abraham Beame from Charles B. Rangel: Notice of Potential Hostos Closure

Congressman Charles Rangel wrote this letter to Mayor Abe Beame in November of 1975 to convey his opposition to the closure of Hostos Community College as a means to achieve budget cutbacks for the city. As the United States Congressman representing [...]

Citywide Community Coalition Mission Statement

This document describes the mission of the Citywide Community Coalition (CCC), a collaboration dedicated to fighting the massive budget cuts inflicted on New Yorkers as a result of the 1975 fiscal crisis. Listing 28 groups ranging from The [...]

Letter to Hostos Community College Students from Professor Diane Penner

Professor Diane Penner wrote this letter to the Hostos Community College student body in 1976 to encourage them to pressure state officials to oppose Hostos’ closure. As a faculty member and activist on the Save Hostos Committee, Penner’s letter [...]

Letter to the Editor of the New York Times: City University: On the Need to Save John Jay and Hostos

On March 8, 1976 the New York Times published two letters to the editor alongside each other. Acting President of John Jay College, Gerald W. Lynch, wrote to publicly oppose the proposed merger of John Jay College with Baruch College. He argued that [...]

Letter to Governor Carey from Peter Roman, Chairman of Hostos Social Sciences Department

The chairman of the Social Sciences department at Hostos Community College penned this letter to Governor Hugh Carey asking him to prevent the closure of Hostos and the merger with Bronx Community College. Professor Peter Roman argues that the [...]

El Coquí, Volume 7, Number 8, May 1977

El Coquí was a college newspaper published monthly by the Office of College Relations and Development at Hostos Community College. This 1977 issue features a story announcing the resignation of Candido Antonio de Leon from his post as President of [...]

"Help Us to Help Hostos"

Members of the Hostos Community College community joined a mass march in Albany against budget cuts.

Kroll Mask

This mask was made by the Graduate Center General Assembly for a "Kroll Monster" costume that was used in a series of agitprop materials to highlight CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein's relationship to Kroll, Inc. CUNY hired this security company to [...]

De Hostos Echo, November - December, 1975

De Hostos Echo is the Hostos Community College bilingual student newspaper. This November/December 1975 issue features stories on mass demonstrations to save the school from closure in order to deal with budget cuts. Stories also include tips for [...]

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