Whereas, we the undersigned, concerned students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members want to STOP CUNY Tuition Hikes NOW;
Whereas, Governor Cuomo maintains that he will NOT raise taxes on the rich, yet continues to raise CUNY and SUNY tuition;
Therefore, we demand:
1. That there be a STOP to CUNY tuition hikes NOW! In 2011, New YorkState passed a “rational tuition policy” called NYSUNY 2020 that allowed an increase in CUNY and SUNY tuition by $300 each year for the next five years, lasting through the 2015-2016 school year. We say NO to any form of tuition increase!
2. That CUNY fulfill its original mission and provide free and quality education to all students. CUNY was once free, for more than 120 years, until 1976, when the majority of incoming students were people of color. Since then, tuition has become so expensive that many immigrants, poor and working class people in general, and especially people of color, are unable to afford CUNY. Education should be a right for all, not a privilege for a few!
3. That there be Popular Control of the CUNY Board of Trustees, in which the board represent and advance the interests of those who most depend on CUNY. We want the majority of the Board to be selected by CUNY students with the other members selected by faculty, staff, alumni, and community members!