PSC President Barbara Bowen’s Letter to the Chancellor Regarding Baruch Shutdown

Dear Members,

This morning I sent a letter to Chancellor Goldstein calling on him to ask Baruch President Wallerstein to rescind his decision cancelling all classes from 3:00 PM today.  The letter states that it  “is inconceivable to us as faculty and staff that a college would cancel its primary activity—teaching—on the grounds that doing so will ‘ensure the safety of all students, faculty and staff during the period surrounding the meeting of the CUNY Board of Trustees,’ as President Wallerstein writes.  What creates unsafe conditions is not the presence of peaceful protesters on a college campus, but rather the college’s approach to policing: confining student protesters to an inadequate area and limiting access to public space at this public college.”

Please join colleagues from across the University TODAY in an informational picket and demonstration in support of the right to peaceful protest and in opposition to the attempt to crush student dissent at CUNY.  We will demonstrate, too, in support of the positions the PSC has taken on issues before the Board at today’s meeting: support for the CUNY budget, particularly its inclusion of funds for adjunct health insurance; opposition to the proposed tuition increases; and opposition to the proposed changes in the CUNY Bylaws.

We plan to demonstrate from 4:00 to 6:00 today, on 25th Street, between Lexington and Third Avenues.  Please join us in this important show of unity among faculty, staff and students.