City College Study-In continues, demanding library access, lower tuition and more

For the past several weeks, students at City College have been holding late night study-ins to demand 24/7 library access to accommodate a large, dedicated and diverse student body. The event has been held in conjunct with City College Students for Educational Rights (SER). On March 22, nearly 40 people stood against sex armed CUNY police who intimidated them and filmed them without consent. The students left the library as planned, chanting, “We’ll be back,” and banging on the walls before holding a speak-out and pep-rally. They also hand wrote individualized letters to the CCNY President Lisa Staiano-Coico protesting their treatment that evening.

Videos will be posted at http://citycollegeser.tumblr.com/

The Amsterdam News, Harlem’s neighborhood newspaper, published SER’s demands to the administration in its March 25, 2012 issue. These demands include lowering of tuition, open admissions, improvements to curricula, increased building access, faculty tenure and adjunct health insurance, and more autonomous space for student organizations. (For the full letter, see http://www.amsterdamnews.com/education/city-college-students-for-educational-rights-letter-to-city-college/article_2e52aabc-7524-11e1-bf6e-0019bb2963f4.html).

The third Study-In will take place on Thursday, April 5 beginning at 9pm in the CCNY Cohen Library.

Also happening uptown, an occupation began last week in the area where Columbia University is involved in another land grab. The 24-hour occupation is happening about one block from the 125th stop on the 1 train and provides updates at http://stopcolumbia.wordpress.com.

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