Hostos Senate passes resoultion condemning violence against nonviolent student protesters
On December 15, the Hostos Community College Senate overwhelmingly approved a resolution upholding students’ right to non-violent protest. This was in response to “unnecessarily extreme use of force against our own students and faculty during the November 21st Board of Trustees meeting at Baruch College” on November 21. The full text of the resolution is below:
We faculty, staff and student members of the Senate of Hostos Community College express our outrage at the police brutality against nonviolent student and faculty demonstrators at the University of California-Berkeley and the University of California-Davis, as well as the unnecessarily extreme use of force against our own students and faculty during the November 21st Board of Trustees meeting at Baruch College.
We declare our support for the opening of spaces for protest and political dissent, and call upon the CUNY administration to look upon these student protests not as a threat that must be monitored, policed, and repressed, but as an opportunity for a discussion across our community about the future of the City University of New York as a public institution meant to serve all those who live in this city.
Therefore, we the undersigned:
1) Deplore any use of violence against nonviolent student protesters, anywhere.
2) Call upon the CUNY administration to support and engage respectfully with those students, educators, and community members who are working to open up spaces for protest, dissent, and discussion.
3) Declare that the use of any violence whatsoever against nonviolent student protesters will never be tolerated at CUNY.
4) Insist that administrators at both the CUNY-wide level and at individual campuses not call upon any outside police forces, including the New York City Police Department, or any other city, state, or federal law enforcement agencies, in order to disperse students who are engaged in nonviolent protests.