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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 renovations to the building, students and faculty occupied the property to run classes and activities to pressure Mayor Koch and other officials to enable bond sales and renovations to proceed.

By 1977, the third part of the campaign to save Hostos Community College had picked up momentum. Having extremely poor facilities, the college had acquired a second building across the street from its original location that would allow Hostos to expand. However, the 500 Grand Concourse building needed renovations to be useable but the college had been denied the funds necessary to prepare and occupy their second building. A fresh wave of organizing by students and faculty drove efforts to enable Hostos to continue to be a hub of opportunity for residents of the South Bronx.

Hostos United/Hostos Unido was an umbrella activist group that led much of the campaign to expand to 500 Grand Concourse. It was organized in January of 1978 by the Student Government Organization, the Puerto Rican Student Organization, the Dominican Student Organization, the South American Student Union, the Black Student Union, FUSP, the Professional Staff Congress and other unions representing college staff.

Source | Hostos Community College Archives
Creator | Hostos United/Hostos Unido
Date Created | April 8, 1978
Rights | Obtain From Hostos Community College Archives
Item Type | Text (Pamphlet / Petition)
Cite This document | Hostos United/Hostos Unido, “Q's and A's about the Take-Over of 500 Grand Concourse,” CUNY Digital History Archive, accessed November 21, 2019,


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