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“The War Here and Abroad: CUNY and U.S. Empire”
Wednesday, December 4
CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth ave, rm 5414
3:00-5:00pm

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A panel and discussion with Graduate Center professors David Harvey and Ashley Dawson, student Faris Al-Ahmad Zwiran, and Ali Issa of the War Resisters League and Jadaliyya.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics, the Middle Eastern Studies Organization, Free University NYC, the Critical Palestine Studies Association, and the International Socialist Organization–CUNY Graduate Center.

Among the issues at hand:

1. As commander of the Multi-National Security Transition Command Iraq from June 2004, Petraeus collaborates with U.S. military officers who organize commando units that kill upwards of 3,000 people a month and torture many others in secret locations.

2. Petraeus directs the CIA, which oversees U.S. drone attacks in Pakistan and Yemen, among other countries, from Sept. 2011 to Nov. 2012. In 2011, there were an estimated 64 such attacks in Pakistan, with 435 casualties; in 2012, 64 and 304, respectively.

3. CUNY hires Petraeus to teach at Macaulay.

4. The NYPD brutalizes CUNY students protesting Petraeus’s hire.

5. CCNY seizes the Morales/Shakur Community and Student Center, pepper-sprays an alumnus, suspends two students, and turns them over to the law.

6. Meanwhile, a right-wing think tank urges the military to recruit CUNY students.

7. And ROTC returns, after being pushed out in 1971. Its headquarters? CCNY.

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uta 8 final cover.indd[Originally published on Upping the Anti Issue 8 as part of Slam! Herstory Project.  Reblogged at cunyadjunctproject.org]

By Suzy Subways

In March 1995, 20,000 students from City University of New York (CUNY) were attacked by police after surrounding city hall to protest a draconian tuition increase. This protest, organized by the CUNY Coalition Against the Cuts, marked an upsurge in student movement activity that continued into 1996, when the group transformed into the Student Liberation Action Movement (SLAM), a multiracial radical organization. Before disbanding in 2004, SLAM established chapters at CUNY colleges in all five boroughs of the city. This roundtable focuses on the chapter at Hunter College in Manhattan and explores SLAM’s legacy of building a left culture in New York City and across the country.

SLAM’s legacy is bound up with the evolution of CUNY, which became the primary route out of poverty for the city’s Black, Latino, and immigrant communities starting in the 1970s. Prior to that, despite offering free education since 1847, CUNY was predominantly white. In 1969, Black and Latino students at City College in Harlem, with support from the Black Panthers and Young Lords, occupied CUNY campus buildings and won an open admissions policy that made CUNY accessible to students who needed remedial classes because they had attended substandard high schools. By 1976, the year CUNY started charging tuition, the student body was predominantly people of colour. The policy of open admissions was reversed in 1999, despite SLAM’s militant opposition.

This roundtable is part of a larger and ongoing SLAM oral history project (see http://SLAMherstory.wordpress.com). While many people helped build SLAM, this article highlights the voices of some of the women of colour members. These women represent different generations of SLAM, from founders to younger leaders. Their insights convey their experiences in SLAM and draw out lessons about building organic leadership and creating multiracial, feminist organizations that are accountable to communities directly affected by the issues.

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