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Calling for Accessible Education & an End to Shady Practices, New York City College Students Join Massive May Day Protests

Calling for Accessible Education & an End to Shady Practices, New York City College Students Join Massive May Day Protests

[NEW YORK, NY]  Hundreds of students from across the city will unite Wednesday to protest the out-of-control cost of college education that has resulted in unprecedented levels of debt.

In honor of May Day, student groups from numerous major city-based colleges and universities also will stand in solidarity with workers from across the nation by vilifying exploitative employer and corporate practices at these institutions, while pledging support for the full legalization of all undocumented immigrants.

Students specifically will denounce the imposition of tuition at Cooper Union, which effectively has ended a century-long tradition of free schooling; the union busting and corporatization of education at Columbia University; tuition hikes and harmful administrative practices at Medgar Evers College; the unfair treatment of student workers at The New School; and the debt-driven 2031 expansion plan at New York University.

The protesters seek to shine a light on the increasingly privatized and inaccessible American education system that is often enabled by unskilled and unscrupulous administrators driven by self-interests.

After individual campus actions in the early afternoon, hundreds of city students will converge at 3 p.m. at Cooper Square park for a rally whose goal is to erect a long-term, citywide student movement. This will be followed by a May Day coalition action in Union Square. Afterward, students will gather at 9 p.m. in Washington Square Park for a “Dance Your Debt Away” party.

For more information on the individual plans of participants, contact »

Victoria Sobel, Cooper Union, 347-675-8241
Jane Brennan, Columbia University, 914-471-2576
Evangeline Byars, Medgar Evers College, 917-932-1348
Laura Trager, The New School, 347-675-8241
Paul Funkhouser, New York University, 703-582-7241

Mainstreaming Palestine With Invincible

Save the Date! – OCTOBER 26, 2010

PROJECT PALESTINE PRESENTS – Mainstreaming Palestine

An evening of music, words and a motion picture.

“One of the most talented emcees I’ve ever heard, black or white, male or female”—Talib Kweli

THE NEW SCHOOL 66 W. 12th Street, Room A-404

Pamela Olson Oklahoma-born Author, Hear excerpts from her book-in-progress, Fast Times in Palestine.

Fida Qishta Palestinian Filmmaker,
View a piece of her nearly-complete film, Where Should the Birds Fly?

Invincible Detroit-based Hip Hop Artist,
Watch her perform People Not Places and other songs.

Project Palestine is a newly recognized student organization at The New School aimed at illustrating the Palestinian plight through films, music, literature, poetry, art and discussions.

RSVP: projectpalestinenyc@gmail.com

Please help Project Palestine meet their Kickstarter fundraising goals!

A personal message from Andy Stepanian



Dearest Friends,

My close friend, Noor Elashi is a brilliant, creative, peacemaker.  Noor needs you to help her reach her Kickstarter fundraising goals.  I will be donating $40, because thats all I can afford, but please consider donating as much as you can  (see link above.)  Please also attend Noor’s first event at the New School, Next Tuesday at 8:30pm.

Noor’s father, Ghassan Elashi is currently incarcerated in the Communications Management Unit (CMU) Marion, Illinois serving a sentence of 65 years for his alleged support of the people of Gaza.  Ghassan is accused of allegedly providing physical humanitarian aide in the form of millions of dollars of baby food, infant formula, medicine, and sundry items.   Even though almost every non-Muslim, non-activist American with a conscious who hears about Ghassan’s charges becomes enraged at the injustice, Noor however has not allowed that injustice to make her cynical or jaded.  Instead Noor has used her own creative writing and organizing skills as a college activist to start an ongoing dialog about Palestine, the middle east, and the repression of Muslim communities.

“Mainstreaming Palestine”  is a lecture/film/music series aimed at braiding arts, liberation, and culture, and will launch on October 26th with a screening of Fida Qishta’s Where Should The Birds Fly, a reading from Pamela Olson’s Fast Times In Palestine, and a performance from Detroit’s ground-breaking, underground hip-hop artist Invincible.


With a nation currently engaged in what seems like an endlessly open-ended  war on “terror” we often cloak what “we” deem as our opposition as enemies when we don’t even understand them.  “Mainstreaming Palestine” is about building bridges.   Invincible is a female Jewish artist who raps about the parallels between the ghettoization of Palestine and the ghettoization of post-industrial Detroit, poverty, gentrification, desperation and crime, Noor is a Palestinian whose family was deeply effected by the occupation, apartheid and related imposed sanctions.  Their collective message is one about peace, understanding, and traversing differences to build a better tomorrow.

Please join me as this event series launches and please donate to Project Palestine via kickstarter.com

Love & Liberation,