These resources are an extension of the “Occupy CUNY” collection in the CUNY Digital History Archive. The collection chronicles a major period of organizing and mobilizing by CUNY Graduate Center (GC) students during and after Occupy Wall Street (OWS). It includes primary materials such as flyers, posters, curriculum, video and websites. In collaboration with undergraduates, tenured and adjunct faculty, staff, and community organizations, GC students boomeranged the call to occupy back into the university to both reclaim and transform it.
The resources below compile individual, collective, and organizational writing and media created during 2011-2014. They are ordered below by chronological themes, some with contextual summaries. Please email OccupyCUNYDHA [at] gmail [dot] com to suggest additional materials, or to learn more about this period.
Conor Tomás Reed. “Solid Ground at Occupy Wall Street,” The Indypendent, September 26, 2011.
Zoltán Glück and Caitlin MacLaren (NYU). “Occupiers: We’re Already Changing Politics,” USA Today, November 18, 2011.
Manissa McCleave Maharawal. “Standing Up,” N+1 Gazette, October 15, 2011 (pgs 5-8).
Iva Radivojevic and Martyna Starosta. “The Time for Action is Now” video, October 28, 2011. Features footage from the October 15 “Occupy CUNY” teach-in at Washington Square Park and a Hunter College general assembly.
Anthony Alessandrini. “Our University: On Police Violence at CUNY,” Jadaliyya, November 27, 2011.
Conor Tomás Reed. “Step 1: Occupy Universities. Step 2: Transform Them,” Tidal Magazine, December 2011.
Iva Radivojevic and Martyna Starosta. “Are you With Me?” video, March 25, 2012. Features footage from Louis Reyes Rivera’s Fall 2011 teach-in with Students United for a Free CUNY, and the November 17, 2011 OWS Student Strike assembly at Union Square.
OccupyCUNYNews website featuring reports on the November 2011 NYPD attack on a CUNY crowd at Baruch College, and videos such as the March 1, 2012, “Radical Lunch” guerrilla theater performance in the Graduate Center cafeteria.
Free University of New York City website, made for its inauguration on May 1, 2012, at Madison Square Park.
Conor Tomás Reed. “Occupy and the Future of Public Education,” OccupyWallStreet.net, May 2012.
Zoltán Glück. “Race, Class, and Disaster Gentrification,” OccupyWallStreet.net, December 2012.
Conor Tomás Reed. “Sandy: From Disaster to Community Power,” PSC Clarion, December 2012.
John Tarleton. “CUNY Respond to Sandy: Suffering Spurs Solidarity,” PSC Clarion, December 2012.
Colin Ashley, John Boy, Anne Donlon, Gregory T. Donovan, Colleen Eren, Zoltán Glück, Karen Gregory, Stefanie A. Jones, Eero Laine, Ben Miller, Christina Nadler, Jared Simard, Jennifer Sloan, Alyson Spurgas, Chris Alen Sula, Suzanne Tamang, Jen Tang, Monique Whitaker. “My PhD Program is Not a Roach Motel,” Graduate Center Advocate, February 11, 2013. Written in retaliation to former Graduate Center president Bill Kelly’s remarks that the college not become a “roach motel” where “you check in but don’t check out.”
Zoltán Glück, Manissa McCleave Maharawal, Isabelle Nastasia, and Conor Tomás Reed. “Hidden in Plain Sight: The Education Movement,” Graduate Center Advocate, February 11, 2013.
Manissa McCleave Maharawal. “Fieldnotes on Union Square, Anti-Oppression, and Occupy,” Cultural Anthropology, February 14, 2013.
Penny Lewis, Stephanie Luce, and Ruth Milkman. “Changing the Subject: A Bottom-Up Account of Occupy Wall Street in New York City,” Murphy Institute, April 2013.
Matthew Evsky. “A Brief History of (CUNY) Time: Recent Radical University Organizing in NYC – Part 1,” ClassWarUniversity.org, April 30, 2013.
Matthew Evsky. “Unsettling the University: For Abolitionist, Decolonial Education Struggles – Part 2,” ClassWarUniversity.org, May 2, 2013.
Stephen McFarland. “Occupying Our Education,” ClassWarUniversity.org, July 18, 2013.
CUNY Solidarity website, formed in the wake of a Fall 2013 NYPD attack upon students protesting General David Petraeus’ teaching appointment and the return of ROTC at CUNY.
Zoltán Glück, Manissa McCleave Maharawal, Isabelle Nastasia, and Conor Tomás Reed. “Organizing Against Empire: Struggles Over the Militarization of CUNY,” Berkeley Journal of Sociology, October 20, 2014.