Posted 5 years ago on May 8, 2012, 11:50 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
In Response to Campus Security’s Use of Excessive Force on Peaceful Students, Petition to Repeal Tuition Hikes and End Securitization of CUNY
On May 2nd, 2012, peaceful students and faculty experienced unnecessary brutality on the Brooklyn College campus. Brooklyn College President Karen Gould ordered for students to be violently removed by campus security from outside of her office in a main academic building; two students were wrongly arrested, spent a night in jail, and face unsubstantiated charges.
Over the next five years, students face a $1,500 tuition increase, and continuous cuts to student services and a continuation of increased securitization on CUNY Campuses– from the NYPD systematic spying on Muslim Student Associations, to Stop and Frisk racial profiling policies on and off our campuses, to attacks by security guards on peaceful students such as during the Board of Trustees Meeting on November 21st, 2011 at Baruch College.
We refuse to allow these to become the future of CUNY.
1) President Gould of Brooklyn College drops ALL charges against Eric Carlsen and Julieta Salgado, two peaceful Brooklyn College students arrested for demonstrating outside President Gould's office on May 2nd against tuition increases and cuts to student services.
2) The end to the securitization of CUNY.
3) The repeal of NY SUNY 2020, which increase tuition by $1,500 over five year.
To Chancellor Goldstein, President Karen Gould of Brooklyn College and other CUNY Administration,
Under your leadership, Chancellor Goldstein, students have seen our tuition dollars diverted from programs that support our needs as student to fund increased securitization of CUNY campuses.
We refuse to pay ever increasing tuition rates for decreasing student services. We refuse to watch our tuition money used to fund campus security measures that target students of color and those exercising their right to freedom of speech.
We demand the repeal of NYSUNY2020 Tuition Hikes and an end to the securitization of the City University of New York.