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Gerald Meyer and Activists at City Hall

Gerald Meyer with students at City Hall to save Hostos Community College. Some of the student in leadership were on a hunger strike to dramatize the issues plaguing Hostos Community College and their need for better facilities. By 1977, the third [...]

March to Gracie Mansion

A young boy stretches his arms out as Hostos Community College students, professors and community organizers make their way to the Mayor's official residence to demand funding for the renovation of the 500 building. By 1977, the third part of the [...]

South Bronx Community and Church Coalition

This photograph of South Bronx community members includes clergymen marching with a South Bronx Community and Church Coalition banner. This was the final march which celebrated the victory in saving Hostos.

Meyer and Saunders

Professor Gerald Meyer, Social Science Department, PSC Chapter chairperson and Sam Saunders, a student activist, converse across the street from Hostos Community College's 500 building. The two were co-leaders of the "Hostos Needs Space", a [...]

Luchemos Unidos / We Struggle United

"Luchemos Unidos por Mas Espacio" sign translates to "We Struggle United for More Space." This was a student/faculty march through the community to alert the community of the campaign to acquire the 500 building. The resident's and passers'-by [...]

Students and Faculty Take Over the 500 Building

This photograph shows student activists putting up a banner on the "500" building, marking the beginning of the takeover whose aim was to claim the building, hold classes, provide childcare as well as providing services to the students who had [...]

March to Gracie Mansion

This a photograph of a student, faculty and staff march down Lexington avenue crossing 103 towards Gracie Mansion to raise awareness about Hostos Community College’s need for funding to complete renovations at 500 Grand Concourse. In addition to [...]

"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 [...]

Sit-down in front of Hostos' 500 Building

Students, the PSC Chapter and community activists unite behind the fight for the second building for Hostos Community College. Signs read: "VETERANS: This is our real fight - Our Aim: 500" and, translated from Spanish, "PSC demands: Give us the [...]

Student and Faculty Rally - Hostos United/Hostos Unido

This photograph depicts a large rally that was held across the street from the "500" building a week before the take over. The rally was so massive that it halted traffic for several hours on the Grand Concourse. The various signs on display [...]

Hostos United for 500

This photograph depicts students and faculty with a sign at a rally being held across the street from "500" building a week before the building was taken over. As evident from the picture the Professional Staff Congress chapter was a driving force [...]

PSC Rally with Children

This photograph was used by the Professional Staff Congress (PSC) as part of its campaign against a 50% tenure quota policy for academic departments that had been announced by Chancellor Robert Kibbee, and then approved by the Board of Higher [...]

Letter from Wilfred A. Callender to Alfred Giardino: Concerns About Limited Space at Hostos

In this letter to the chairman of the Board of Higher Education in 1974, Hostos English professor, and Chapter Grievance Counselor, Wilfred Callender describes the inadequacy of the facilities at Hostos, pointing out how poor infrastructure has [...]

Dorothy Harris in Protest Over Space at Hostos

This clipping of the May 2,1974 issue of The Clarion shows an image of student Dorothy Harris alongside an article on the campaign to secure more space for Hostos Community College. The Clarion was a widely read newspaper issued by the Professional [...]

El Machete Rojo: The Administration of Hostos

El Machete Rojo was a leaflet produced by the Puerto Rican Socialist Party. This leaflet shows fracturing between the students at Hostos and the administration over the firing of some faculty members who were involved in activist efforts dedicated [...]

"Save Hostos Now!"

In March of 1975, the Community Coalition to Save Hostos took over the school in protest over the Board of Higher Education’s decision to close Hostos Community College. This flier announces the occupation of the school and articulates the demands [...]

Student Government Organization Bilingual Newsletter: Student Government Office Vandalism

The Student Government Organization published this bilingual newsletter in 1975 to publicize that their offices and the offices of fellow student groups had been searched and robbed in the wake of the occupation of Hostos Community College. The [...]

Hostos Student Coalition: Candidates for Student Senate

This flier introduces the candidates for Student Senate at Hostos Community College. Many of them were activists in the occupation of the school and the effort to prevent it from being closed by the Board of Higher Education.

"Students, Professors, and Community People were 'Arrested' By Orders of All Deans"

This 1975 flier, produced in English and Spanish, announced the arrest of those who occupied Hostos Community College in protest of the Board of Higher Education's decision to close it. This flier blames those arrests on the school's administration [...]

"Why Struggle? For Hostos and Education"

This leaflet, distributed by the Community Coalition to Save Hostos, announces a march to the headquarters of the Emergency Financial Control Board (EFCB) in May of 1975. The EFCB was the body put in place to manage the budget crisis plaguing New [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

De Hostos Echo, December, 1974

De Hostos Echo is the Hostos Community College bilingual student newspaper. This 1974 issue features stories on mass demonstrations to save CUNY from budget cuts. Stories also include editorials on student activism and engagement, a mission [...]

Letter from Congressman Rangel to Chairman Giardino

In December 1975 Congressman Charles Rangel wrote this letter to the Chairman of the Board of [Higher] Education, Alfred Giardino, to convey his opposition to the closure of Hostos Community College. As the United States Congressman representing a [...]

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 [...]