September 20, 2010
October 2 March on Washington
Get a seat while you still can! The PSC is sponsoring several buses that will be going to the October 2 march on Washington, D.C. convened by labor and civil rights groups. The “One Nation” march aims to re-energize support for the progressive causes that record numbers of Americans voted for in 2008. The March will begin at 12 pm in D.C. and end at 4 pm and takes place on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial located on the National Mall. Buses will leave from New York at 6:30 am and depart from Washington shortly after 4 pm. The PSC delegation will join thousands of participants who will deliver an even sharper message: connecting the economy to the war, and calling for real reform in labor law as a key to economic revival. To reserve a seat on the bus, email email@example.com or call Patricia Young at 212-354-1252. For more about the march, click here.
Decisive DREAM Act Vote This Week
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced that he has included the DREAM Act in the Defense Department Authorization Act which will be voted on this week. The DREAM Act would provide a path to legal status to tens of thousands of undocumented immigrant youth – including many current or former CUNY students – who were brought to the U.S. and graduate high school. After completing two years of college or military service, they would be eligible to apply for permanent legal status. Some activists have expressed concern that the legislation could push more undocumented immigrants into the military but most immigrant rights backers, including the PSC, support this legislation.
Call Senators Schumer, (202) 224-6542 and Gillibrand (202) 224-4451, or send a letter telling them to move the DREAM Act as a first step toward achieving comprehensive immigration reform.
The New York City Council is holding a hearing on how the DREAM Act could benefit immigrant students in New York City on Wednesday September 22 at 10 am in the 14th floor committee room at 250 Broadway. For more information, contact Kate Pfordresher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Big Wins for PSC-Endorsed Candidates
In the September 14th Democratic Party primary, Eric Schneiderman won the hotly contested race for Attorney Genera and Gustavo Rivera beat incumbent State Senator Pedro Espada by an almost two-to-one margin. Other PSC-backed candidates who won include State Senators Bill Perkins and Velmanette Montgomery, both of whom faced challengers financed by wealthy charter school supporters, and Francisco Moya, who won an open seat in Assembly District 39 in Queens.
RF Workers to Rally on Three Campuses
Research Foundation employees and their supporters will hold rallies for a fair contract at City Tech, LaGuardia and the Grad Center during the week of September 27. RF employees do the work to implement City, State and Federal contracts worth millions of dollars. With your support in this final push, we can get the RF to realize that now is the time for a fair contract. The demonstrations will be held:
Monday Sept. 27 @ City Tech
In front of Namm Hall, 300 Jay, between Johnson and Tillary
Tuesday, Sept. 28 @ LaGuardia
In front of the ‘E’ Building, 3110 Thomson, between Van Dam & 31st
Wednesday, Sept. 29 @ the GC
Outside the main entrance, 365 5th Ave., between 34th and 35th
Obama and Community Colleges
On October 5, the Obama administration will host the first-ever White House Summit on Community Colleges. According to the White House, the gathering is an opportunity for “community colleges, businesses, policymakers, and students to discuss the importance of community colleges”. No mention is made of the role of faculty and staff, but the American Federation of Teachers, PSC’s national affiliate, is working with the White House staff to include faculty voices. You can join the discussion here and make your voice heard.
Labor Goes to the Movies
The PSC kicks off a new year for its monthly movie series this Friday September 24 at 6 pm at the Union Hall. This year’s theme is “Borders” and the movies selected will explore the contemporary significance and resonance of borders, visible and invisible, within this country and beyond. Friday’s movie, Lone Star by John Sayles, follows a white sheriff in a Texas border town who navigates the Anglo, black and Mexican worlds to solve the enigma of a skeleton discovered on a nearby Army base. There is a suggested donation of $2.
Jonathan Cole Book Talk
UFS’s CUNY Academy of the Humanities and Sciences (Higher Education Seminar) and the CUNY Center for the Humanities are sponsoring Jonathan Cole speaking about his latest book “The Great American University: Its Rise to Preeminence, Its Indispensable National Role, Why It Must Be Protected” on Friday September 24 at 12:30 pm in the Skylight Room of the Grad Center.
Clarion Wins 5 First-Place Awards
Clarion took home five first-place awards in the 2010 ILCA Labor Media Awards. The PSC newspaper received the top prize for a union local newspaper in the following categories: Best Cover or Front Page, Best Photograph, Best Analysis, Best Profile and Best Editorial or Column.
Upcoming Chapter Meetings
The first PSC Delegate Assembly of the new academic year will be held on Thursday September 30 at 6:30 pm at the Union Hall. Some upcoming chapter meetings:
Tuesday Sept. 21, 12:15 pm
Wednesday Sept. 22, 11:30 am
Lecture Hall, Room 122-S
Wednesday Sept. 22, 12:30 pm
Library Building H763
Thursday Sept. 23, 12:45 pm
Meeting for new and junior faculty
Tuesday Sept. 28, 12 pm
Center for Teaching and Learning, NAC 4/220
Wednesday Sept. 29, 3-5 pm
PSC Director of Pension and Welfare Benefits Clarissa Weiss on the Early Retirement Incentive
Thursday Sept. 30, 12 pm
Meister Hall 228
Monday Oct. 4, 1 pm
PSC President Barbara Bowen on “The State of the Union” and Murphy Institute’s Ed Ott on “Working People and the 2010 Elections”
Cross-Campus Meetings for CLTs and HEOs
Wednesday Oct. 6, 6 pm
Grad Center, Room C-204-205
Thursday Oct. 14, 12:30 pm