A participatory project to collect and preserve the histories of the City University of New York

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 to keeping Hostos open and preventing its merge with Bronx Community College. In this leaflet, students framed the struggle to save Hostos as an overtly class issue.

In 1975, in response to the New York City fiscal crisis, Hostos Community College was slated to merge with Bronx Community College in order to dramatically cut spending. It was this threat that led to the second iteration of organizing to save Hostos. Determined to preserve Hostos for the South Bronx as a place for students to pursue a bilingual higher education, students, faculty, and community groups joined forces to keep Hostos open for the community.

Source | Hostos Community College Archives
Creator | Puerto Rican Socialist Party
Date Created | 1975
Rights | Obtain From El Machete Rojo
Item Type | Text (Flier / Leaflet (1 or 2 page handout))
Cite This document | Puerto Rican Socialist Party , “El Machete Rojo: The Administration of Hostos,” CUNY Digital History Archive, accessed May 20, 2024,


Print and Share