December 6, 2010
Speak Out Against Budget Cuts
On Wednesday, Dec. 8, at noon, City Council Higher Education Committee Chair Ydanis Rodriguez will hold a press conference to call for no more cuts to CUNY. PSC activists will attend to support continued funding for CUNY’s basic needs.
“We need to take every opportunity to make our case to the public,” said PSC First Vice President Steve London. “With the mayor’s mid-year cuts in community college support looming, now is the time to make sure our voice is heard.” Further cuts in public funding are a recipe for increased class size, canceled courses, and adjunct job loss, London said. If you can join the press conference at City Hall this Wednesday at noon, please e-mail Amanda Magalhaes in the PSC office (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please share this information with students.
DREAM Act Vote by Wednesday
The Senate is expected to vote on the DREAM Act on Tuesday or Wednesday. Call Sen. Chuck Schumer at 202-224-6542 and Kirsten Gillibrand at 202-224-4451 today and urge them to make passing this bill a top priority. The DREAM Act would provide a path to citizenship for hundreds of thousands of undocumented young people who were brought to the U.S. as children and go on to attend college or serve in the military. Its passage would directly affect several thousand CUNY students, who want to be able to work legally and use their college education – instead of being condemned to dead-end, off-the-books jobs.
A report last week from the Congressional Budget Office estimated that the DREAM Act would lead to increased incomes and business profits that would boost federal tax receipts by $2.3 billion over the next 10 years, with a net $1.4 billion reduction in the federal deficit. A November poll found that the DREAM Act was supported by 66% of those interviewed, including a majority of Republicans.
Labor Goes to the Movies: Crossing Arizona
Immigration is also the focus of the next movie in the PSC film series, Labor Goes to the Movies, this Friday at 6:00. In Crossing Arizona, filmmakers Joseph Mathew & Daniel DeVivo interview a broad range of local residents on various sides of the issue: border patrol agents, undocumented workers, a cofounder of the Minutemen, Native Americans living on their reservation, ranchers, police, politicians and more. Guest speaker is Immanuel Ness, associate professor of political science at Brooklyn College, who writes on the intersection of labor and migration. At the PSC Union Hall, 16th Floor, 61 Broadway.
Dec. 20 Memorial for Howard Ross
We are sad to relate the passing of Howard Ross, former chair of the PSC’s Baruch College chapter. A professor of economics and finance, Ross was a member of Baruch’s faculty for 46 years. He served as union chapter chair from 1999 to 2005, and was also chair of his department. Ross’s scholarly interests included technology and productivity, price behavior, industrial organization, and the relationship between the stock market and the rest of the economy. He was a consultant to the United Nations Development Program, the U.S. Treasury, the Ford Foundation and others. A memorial service will be held at noon on December 20, in the William and Anita Newman Conference Room, Room 750 of Baruch’s Information & Technology Building at 151 East 25th Street.