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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 [...]

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 [...]

"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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

"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 [...]

"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 [...]

"Open Letter to the Hostos Community" / "Carta Publica a la Comunidad de Hostos" from Jose Martinez

Jose Martinez wrote this open letter in both English and Spanish to the Hostos Community College community on behalf of the Dominican Students Association to state that the vulnerability of the college had become so dire that massive collective [...]

"Save Hostos Marathon"

The Community Coalition to Save Hostos deployed a variety of strategies to build awareness and organize against the proposed closure of Hostos Community College. The Community Coalition was comprised of student and faculty groups and community [...]

"Black Students Union and Black Organizations Demonstration Against Genocide and Racism"

The Black Students Union and other supportive organizations sponsored a demonstration at the United Nations in April of 1976 to oppose the City University of New York’s proposals to close and merge colleges that mainly served minority communities. [...]

Gerald Meyer Statement on the 500 Grand Concourse Building

Gerald Meyer, a founding faculty member at Hostos Community College and President of the Hostos chapter of the Professional Staff Congress made this statement at a press conference held on March 30, 1976. The statement articulates that facilities at [...]

Protest Day in New York / Dia de Protesta en Nueva York

This flier announces a citywide protest to the headquarters of the Emergency Financial Control Board (EFCB) in April of 1977. Targeted specifically to Puerto Ricans and the Latino American community, the flier describes rampant financial hardship [...]

Q's and A's about the Take-Over of 500 Grand Concourse

This information sheet produced by Hostos United/Hostos Unido offers students, faculty, and community members basic information about the occupation of the 500 Grand Concourse building in the Spring of 1978. To demand needed funding to complete [...]

Hostos United/Hostos Unido March 1978 Press Release

In March 1978, Hostos United/Hostos Unido issued this press release about the decision to occupy the 500 Grand Concourse building. To draw public attention to their cause and to demand needed funding to complete renovations to the building, students [...]

Notice of Support from Student Government Organization

Daniel Macias, President of the Student Government Organization, wrote this memo in April 1978 to show support for the occupation of the 500 Grand Concourse building. Macias encouraged members of the Hostos community to participate in and assist [...]

What's Happening at '500'? / Qué Pasa Con la Toma de 500?

Hostos United/Hostos Unido issued this bulletin in April of 1978 to explain the occupation of the 500 Grand Concourse building. The bulletin not only encouraged members of the Hostos community to participate in and assist with the effort, but it [...]

The Takeover Grows Stronger / La Toma del Edificio Está Más Fuerte

Hostos United/Hostos Unido issued this bilingual bulletin on April 6, 1978 offering updates on the occupation of the 500 Grand Concourse building. The bulletin describes the ways that the space was being used for classes and childcare. It also [...]

Hostos Takeover Growing Stronger, News Release, Hostos United/Hostos Unido

Hostos United/Hostos Unido issued this news release on April 14th of 1978 to describe the current state of the occupation of the 500 Grand Concourse building and to offer context for how the occupation fit into a larger strategy to achieve their [...]

el Coquí, Volume 8, Number 8, May 1978

El Coquí was a college newspaper published monthly by the Office of College Relations and Development at Hostos Community College. This May 1978 issue featured a story announcing that Deputy Mayor Badillo had written a letter that offered some [...]

Demonstration at the United Nations Against Genocidal Racism in the City University

Demonstrating at the United Nations, the President of the Black Student Union wrote this leaflet to explain how systemic racism in public education denies black and Latino students equal rights to obtain a degree. He pulls from Kenneth Clark's "Dark [...]

Hostos United/Hostos Unido mission statement

This is the mission statement of Hostos United/Hostos Unido, an umbrella activist group that led much of the campaign to expand the college to include the 500 Grand Concourse building. The group was established in January 1978 by the Student [...]

"Help Us to Help Hostos"

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