After a two-year campaign of letter-writing, tabling, flyering, educational events, and even electing a member onto the Student Senate, Take Back NYU! decided to occupy the 3rd floor dining hall in Kimmel.
I rushed the barricades with a group of American Studies students and other concerned graduate students at roughly 8pm to show solidarity and support the occupation.
Here are the demands of the occupation:
- Amnesty for all parties involved.
- Full compensation for all employees whose jobs were disrupted during the course of the occupation.
- Public release of NYU’s annual budget and endowment.
- Allow student workers (including T.A.’s) to collectively bargain.
- A fair labor contract for all NYU employees at home and abroad.
- A Socially Responsible Finance Committee that will immediately investigate war profiteers and the lifting of the Coke ban.
- Annual scholarships be provided for thirteen Palestinian students.
- That the university donates all excess supplies and materials in an effort to rebuild the University of Gaza.
- Tuition stabilization for all students, beginning with the class of 2012. Tuition rates for each successive year will not exceed the rate of inflation. The university shall meet 100% of government-calculated student financial need.
- That student groups have priority when reserving space in the buildings owned or leased by New York University, including, and especially, the Kimmel Center.
- That the general public have access to Bobst Library.
What you can do:
- Come support the occupation, inside or outside! We’ll be inside all night.
- Send a letter to the administration in solidarity!
- Tell the world! Send an e-mail to your professors, peers, listservs, facebook groups, etc! Talk to your friends!
See live stream of the occupation: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/take-back-nyu