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Letter: Economic Disparity

In this letter addressed to President Irwin Polishook of the Professional Staff Congress (PSC), Jonathan Lang, Chair of the Doctoral Students’ Council (DSC), outlined the differences in salaries between adjunct and full-time faculty and expressed [...]

Doctoral Students Council News: Murphy's Optimism

This Doctoral Students’ Council (DSC) newsletter, published in 1982, covered adjunct news that ranged from notes on a meeting the DSC steering committee had with Chancellor Murphy to a satirical piece entitled “How not to be an Adjunct”. The [...]

The Graduate Students' Union 1983-84: A position paper

Written by the Graduate Students’ Union (GSU) in 1983-84, this position paper stated the intentions of the recently formed organization. The aims enumerated were to advance the interests of CUNY graduate students as employees (or prospective [...]

The Refuse: On Representation or Decertification

This issue of The Refuse (December 1983-January  1984), a Doctoral Students’ Council newletter, addressed the issue of retrenchment at CUNY, pointing to several articles that had mischaracterized CUNY’s relationship to labor precarity and [...]

PTU Newsletter (vol. 1., no. 1)

The debut newsletter in 1986 of PTU View, was published by a group devoted to fighting for the rights of part-time staff at CUNY. Included were listed contacts at various CUNY campuses; announcements of several Spring meetings; and a detailed [...]

GSU Denied Room for Meeting

This document, filed in 1986, included both the original memo from the Graduate Center's Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, Geoffrey Marshall, and the Graduate Student Union’s (GSU) response. In the initial memo, the permission to use a room [...]

CUNY Adjunct Alert (December 1998)

This newsletter, produced by CUNY Adjunct Unite! (CAU), discussed the PSC's alleged accusations against both CAU and The Adjunct Project for violating New York State's Taylor Law. The article argued that CAU is an independent organization and [...]

CUNY Adjunct Alert (February 1999)

This February 1998 CUNY Adjunct Alert newsletter responded to the Professional Staff Congress (PSC) Vice President Richard Boris's positions on adjunct labor at CUNY in relation to the recently ratified contract expressed in the December 1998 issue [...]

Trench Scholar!

Will Petry, an adjunct who had recently been elected Chairperson of the Doctoral Students' Council (DSC) at the Graduate Center, wrote this 1986 editorial in Refuse. Petry recounted a series of specific events in relation to his employment as an [...]

"Mind if We CRAASH Here?"

This article in the Hunter Envoy from October 2007 profiles the Coalition for the Revitalization of Asian American Studies at Hunter (CRAASH) during the semester of its founding. CRAASH was founded by four Hunter College students—Olivia Lin, [...]

"Asian Studies Crisis?"

This article in the Hunter Envoy from April 2008 covers Dean Shirley Scott's response to claims made by the Coalition for the Revitalization of Asian American Studies at Hunter (CRAASH) about the lack of financial support from the Hunter [...]

"A Full-on CRAASH at Hunter College"

This article profiling the Coalition for the Revitalization of Asian American Studies at Hunter (CRAASH) appeared in the March/April 2008 issue of Pacific Citizen, the national publication of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL). Founded in [...]

Strengthening Education: Empowering Asian American Studies Conference Action Steps

These notes come out of a participant workshop at the Strengthening Education: Empowering Asian American Studies Conference hosted by the Coalition for the Revitalization of Asian American Studies at Hunter (CRAASH) on April 16, 2008, to address the [...]

Petition for the Revitalization of Asian American Studies at Hunter

This petition was circulated by the Coalition for the Revitalization of Asian American Studies at Hunter (CRAASH) in the semester of its founding in Fall 2007. The petition outlines the issues facing the program and the reasons around CRAASH's [...]

Letter announcing the Formation of the Coalition for the Revitalization of Asian American Studies at Hunter (CRAASH)

In this letter dated October 30, 2007, students announce the formation of the Coalition for the Revitalization of Asian American Studies at Hunter (CRAASH). Consisting of eight students, CRAASH organized in immediate response to the inadequate [...]

"Student Voices Breaking the Silence: The Asian and Pacific American Experience"

This article was written by Paula Y. Bagasao for the November/December 1989 issue of Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning features the narratives of 10 Asian and Pacific American student voices from across the country, including those of three [...]

“Graduate Center Student Strike Update”: 16 Demands

On April 18th, a "Graduate Center Student Strike Update" document confirmed the students' 16 demands and announced that a negotiation process had begun with Graduate Center administrators. Some of the demands were tied directly to the building [...]

"Jeopardizing the Life of Institution" – Letter to the Students from President Cahn

Addressed to the students on April 18, 1991, and signed by Steven M. Cahn, the acting Graduate Center president, this letter stated that the student strikers who had occupied the Graduate Center were "jeopardizing the life of the institution" they [...]

An Open Letter to all Cultural Anthropology Students and Faculty

Signed on May 18th by 20 students from the Graduate Center, this open letter announced the formation of an organization to address the concerns of the students in the Cultural Anthropology program. It specifically called for an improved grievance [...]

CUNY City-Wide Student Coalition

This CUNY-wide student coalition document outlined ten demands which included a call for Chancellor W. Ann Reynold's resignation, the elimination of tuition, no state cuts to education, student seats on multiple CUNY committees (including budget) [...]

Demand Amnesty for the Protestors

This City College memorandum was a call for supporters of the CUNY strike to contact President Harleston and Vice President Mac Donald and "demand amnesty for the [CCNY] protestors." The document explained that the students who had taken over the [...]

Graduate Center Teach-in: A Speech calling for Action

“The struggle for the existence of CUNY is as old as the institution itself and. . .this struggle is political.” This speech, delivered by a CUNY Graduate Center student at a 1991 Graduate Center teach-in, sought to put the threat of a $92 [...]

Who's the Real Enemy?

Featuring images of Chancellor W. Ann Reynolds, Governor Mario Cuomo, and Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, this two-sided flyer from 1991 asked, "Who's the real enemy?". "All of the above" was the answer because "they are all [three] willing to [...]

Your Voice Counts

"No Budget Cuts, No Tuition Hikes, No Police on Campus" This flyer called for Graduate Center students to show solidarity in support of the City University of New York (CUNY) strike by joining the CUNY Graduate Center (GC) takeover. The pamphlet [...]

The CUNY Crisis and the New World Order

Sponsored by City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Students Against the War, this flyer announced a symposium on “The CUNY Crisis and New World Order.” Well before the CUNY strikes of 1991, Graduate Center student organizations were [...]

Graduate Student Action Paper

Written by the Graduate Center Student Strike in April 1991, this action paper reported that the City University of New York's (CUNY) Graduate Center had been taken over by graduate students on the morning of April 16th in solidarity with the [...]

Letter to Students signed Cahn

Dated April 23, 1991, and signed by the acting president of the Graduate Center Steven M, Cahn, this letter referenced an April 19th letter sent by the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School] students. The letter stated that the Graduate [...]

Graduate Center Newsletter on the CUNY Crisis

This  Graduate Center Newsletter on the CUNY Crisis , published on May 9, 1991, announced a teach-in on "Maintaining the Struggle after the Occupation," which focused on organizing efforts to continue putting pressure on the New York State [...]

The Graduate Student Advocate, vol 2 no 6

This 1991 issue of  The Graduate Student Advocate , the newspaper of the graduate students at the Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY). Published six times per academic year, it included editorials, articles, interviews, and [...]

Item Type: Text (Newspaper / Magazine / Journal / Catalogue)
Etceteras Newspaper Volume 0 Number 0

Following the Graduate Center takeover, Etceteras Vol.0 No.0 featured reflections and commentary on the "Occupation 1991," which had lasted over a week. Various students from multiple programs not actively involved in the takeover of the Graduate [...]

Tabeling Statement: In support of CUNY Student Strikers

This statement, accompanied by a petition, was used at a tabling event held by City University of New York (CUNY) graduate students during the 1991 occupations of CUNY academic buildings. In protest of the $92 million cut in state aid, the $500 [...]

A BBC Proposal: "Access ... Access ... Access ..."

Written in 1991 by Sidney Royce of the BCC (Bronx Community College) senate, this detailed proposal called to take student demonstrations off-campus and recruit the whole community to fight against the City University of New York (CUNY) tuition [...]

We Can Win! Your Involvement is Crucial! – CCNY Student Strikes

Written three weeks into the City University of New York (CUNY) strikes of 1991, this flyer, signed CCNY STRIKE STUDENTS (City College of New York), urged students to support the movement and attend general assemblies. Daily mass general assemblies [...]

Support CUNY Student Strikes!

“No Budget Cuts! No Tuition Hikes!” This 1991 flyer promoted a City University of New York (CUNY) wide rally on April 12th at City College of New York (CCNY). Chronicling April 8th’s CCNY and Borough of Manhattan student takeovers; and April [...]

Student Week of Action in Defense of Education

Occupy CUNY circulated this informational leaflet for a “Student Week of Actions” (November 14-21, 2011) in defense of education, and in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street. The schedule of Graduate Center Events included a student strike, a [...]

Occupy CUNY Curriculum Session Samples

Curriculum made for CUNY classrooms in conjunction with the "Occupy the Octopi" poster (made for an October 21, 2011, Occupy CUNY teach-in at Washington Square Park) and a flyer for the November 17, 2011, OWS Student Strike, both created by the [...]

Protest Checklist

Occupy CUNY created this checklist for an “awesome protest.” Tips included writing the National Lawyer’s Guild number on your arm, twitter update information and advice for affinity groups. Contact information for the Occupy CUNY support team [...]

Item Type: Text (Flier / Leaflet (1 or 2 page handout))
Action Calendar

This action calendar announced actions and events for 2012-2013. Doctoral Students Council plenaries, CUNY Board of Trustee meetings and Free University Week are some of the highlights. Occupy CUNY organized around fighting the militarization of [...]

Free University Week Flier

This Free University of New York flyer is call for workshops for the first Free University Week which was held at Madison Square park. The Free University of New York City is an experiment in radical education building on the historic tradition of [...]

Item Type: Text (Flier / Leaflet (1 or 2 page handout))

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