Brooklyn Event Cancelled Tonight – Statement from Co-Chair Zeek

Peace,
 
    I just want to thank you for showing up to the Morales-Shakur open mic dinner  
    party at the wonderful Ya-Ya Network last night! The amount of love and support  
    that I felt and hope everyone felt will only encourage everyone moving forward  
    in every one of ours' struggles. I appreciate you showing support for our  
    campaign. We must realize that as long as we get together like we did last  
    night, it is all one struggle for justice and empowerment, whether it be through  
    student organizing at CUNY or any other issue you work for. 
     
    To those who were excited for tonight, I must apologize. Sadly, the MS campaign  
    WILL NOT BE HAVING OUR BROOKLYN EVENT TONIGHT. After the sabotage inflicted by  
    the last-second shutdown at the Bitcoin venue, we want to make sure that we can  
    plan a full event worthy of your time and support. As amazing as last night was,  
    it was put together last minute to make sure that those who wished to suppress  
    our event did not succeed. Imagine how great it would be without such  
    complications! So do not worry, there will be future events very soon, and they  
    are only going to get better and bigger. Please let us know if you want to be  
    more involved in our struggle, and how we can be more involved in yours. 
     
    In Solidarity, 
    (Co-) Chairman Zeek 

VENUE CHANGE

Hi everyone,

Due to unforeseen circumstances regarding the Bitcoin Center, and incredibly inflammatory language and actions by it’s Director, our fundraiser will be relocated to the Ya-Ya Network.

Organizers will be in front of Bitcoin at 6:30 redirecting people to the new space. I apologize for this last minute change of events, we have literally done everything in our power to keep the show going. Thank you Ya-Ya for hosting us on such late notice.

The Ya-Ya Network is located 224 W 29th St 12th floor. This venue is wheelchair accessible. Please contact me (Alyssia) at (845) 591-8413 with any issues!

SaveMSCC Flyer FINAL TO PRINT

Defend the Morales-Shakur Community Center Fundraiser Concert

A MAJOR BENEFIT FOR THE CENTER’S “LEGAL FUND” AGAINST CCNY/CUNY & THE NYPD. NO CENTER, NO PEACE!

Featured artists: IMMORTAL TECHNIQUE

The Rebel Diaz Arts Collective

The event will take place at the Bitcoin Center NYC Performance Space. (Creative Director Andrew Markus Bell)

10$ at the door or in advance/sliding scale.

Tickets will be made available through bitcoin at 5$.

Background info: On October 20, 2013, CCNY administration illegally seized and closed the Morales-Shakur Community and Student Center, located in NAC 3/201 at City College. They confiscated and have yet to return all the belongings that were kept in the center.

Music:

– Zulu Nation DJ Macnificent
The Liberté Big Band
Squala Orphan
Negros Americanos
ASHE’, a Poetry Jam Band Experience Feat: Sha Kimono & Gypsy Sun
– Ni Dios Ni Amo
– Ali Dineen
– Jendog Lonewolf & YaliniDream
– Prince Akeem
Infinite Wiz
– The Hip Hop Catz
LC The Poet
– Charlie Uptown
– Intikana
– Baba Zayid Muhammad
– Collective Flow
– Staff Kareem
– Indigo Washington
– Grime Lords and Redgreezy
– Keith Schennck
– Jadea Mathis

(OPEN MIC THROUGHOUT)

Art: paintings by Andrew Markus Bell

Directions: Take the 2,3,4,5 Train to Wall Street or J,Z to Broad Street

Links: Follow us on Twitter @DefendMSCenter #SaveMSCC #CCNYShutdown #CCNY #bitcoin

http://bitcoincenternyc.com/

http://andrewmarkusbell.wix.com/andrewmarkusbell

www.thelibertybigbandnyc.com

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City College Day of Action

CITY COLLEGE DAY OF ACTION

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15th at 3pm

138th STREET & CONVENT AVE

Join us in front of the administration building at City College for our day of action in solidarity with protests internationally for low wage workers. Students and youth all over New York City are rising up to show that we are united, powerful, and ready to fight economic injustice.

The students believe that the minimum wage should be increased to $15 an hour, and that workers should have the right to unionize without retribution. Students are disproportionately affected by wealth inequality and a lack of social mobility. CUNY students are told that public college is an affordable option, yet many are still dropping out due to tuition hikes, cuts to social assistance programs like TAP and PELL and increasing student loan interest rates. Programs like childcare,emergency scholarships, and counseling services, which were once accessible, are eroding away due to state and federal divestment from public education programs. Through this divestment, college administrations will often make decisions that put profit over people, like the decision to shut down the childcare center without looking for space to relocate the children, without regard to the struggle many student parents face when accessing their education.

In New York City, students come from diverse backgrounds that are influenced by the minimum wage and worker protections. Many people who newly immigrate to America will work in low wage sectors to support their families. Women make up 62% of the low wage workforce. LGBTQ couples raising children are twice as likely to have household incomes near the poverty line compared to their married or partnered non-LGBT counterparts.Transgender people are nearly four times as likely to have household income under $10,000 per year than the population as a whole (15 percent vs. 4 percent). People of color are far more likely to work minimum wage jobs, as they represent 42 percent of low wage workers even though they make up just 32 percent of the workforce. Economic diversity is eroding in our colleges because of the corporate and economic driven interests of our administrations and policy makers, putting profit over people in this respect.

Education should be available to, and serve all who pursue it. When it becomes a privilege for the economic elite, it is our duty to fight against this trend from all fronts possible. Raising the minimum wage is just one step in confronting inequality in New York City. We, the following student clubs and campaigns, stand by low wage workers in their struggle to survive, and will show solidarity with them by participating in their International Day of Action April 15th.
Sponsoring Campaigns and Organizations:

  • The Gender Resource Center Campaign at City College is an ad-hoc committee of different clubs and community organizations that are calling for a Gender Resource Center to be established at the City College of New York. This campaign has been active for 6 years and is vocal about bringing gender justice to CCNY, as well has having survivor centric resources and policies implemented in the college infrastructure. This space would be autonomous from the university, and would be student and community run and led. This space is desperately needed, as it would serve to be a place for workshops, education, counseling and healing, as well as organizing.
  • The campaign for the Morales Shakur Center is demanding for the return of NAC 3/201 to the students and community groups that ran it. The City College of New York had taken the space away illegally October 20th 2013. It was a radical safe space on campus for people of color, women, queer and transgender and working class folks.
  • Save Childcare at CCNY is a campaign led by student parents in the Schiff House, also known as the CCNY Child Development Center. The City College administration is planning to close the Center in June 2015 for renovations. No plans were made by the administration for relocating the Center during the renovation. The College has asked the Center staff to cut off all Federal and state funding and get rid of the belongings of the Center. All of the staff at the Center have been told that their jobs will terminate in June, with no severance pay, and no guarantee to return to their jobs. Student parents are concerned that the Center will never reopen or will be privatized, making it really hard for present and future student parents to complete their degrees and build a better future for themselves and their families. They ask that the College immediately make plans for relocating the Childcare Center while renovations take place, rather than closing down the Center permanently.
  • The Young Democratic Socialists of City College are a newly established campus club of students who want to educate and advocate for democratic socialism. YDS at CCNY is active in the campaign to protect the jobs of cafeteria workers, and in the past has been active in the Resist Rikers campaign.
  • Students for Educational Rights (SER) serves to protect and advance the educational rights of all students within the City College & The City University of New York. Students for Educational Rights has run campaigns and won free printing for students, extended library hours, gender neutral bathrooms on campus, and hosted a slew of resources for students out of the Morales Shakur Center, like the City College Book Xchange.
  • The Student Mental Health Initative is an on-campus organization that provides peer support sessions, while working to generate a constructive dialogue regarding mental wellness, advocating for the end of mentalism. The initiative originated from the dwindling resources on campus that address mental health. The organization calls for better funded, financially unconstrained, long term, and inclusive mental health services within our community
  • LGBT+ Open Alliance is an LGBT+ organization based in CUNY’s City University of New York. They support a variety of individuals from many different backgrounds, and provide a Safe Space for those who need it. They strive to foster understanding, respect, and acceptance throughout the college campus and eventually the larger community. They are dedicated to creating awareness on the issues concerning sexuality and gender identity, and how these issues affect every aspect of society.

If your club or organization would like to sponsor, please visit here and an organizer will get back to you.

assata welcome

Campaign Meeting – 3/31 at 7pm!

TONIGHT@ 7pm: IS THE NEXT…
Guillermo Morales – Assata Shakur Community & Student Center Campaign Organizing & Planning Meeting In Harlem!
  

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 
7pm – 9pm SHARP!

@ Harlem’s ANSWER Coalition Center
2295 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd.
(bet. 135th-134th Street)
Yuri Kochiyama & AssataMSCSC March 31, 2015 Meeting Agenda
1) Introductions (Name, Organization)
2) Announcements & Review of Previous Meeting Notes
3) Committee Reportbacks (Fundraising, Organizing, Alumni, Media, Propaganda)
4) Announce Central Coordinating Committee list of voting organizations
5) Planning For The April Fund Raising Event
6) New Member Voting 
7) Message From Assata & Guillermo
8) Closing Open Discussion
No Center, No Peace!
 
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Visit our official website defendmorales-shakur.org/
SIGN OUR PETITION: http://tinyurl.com/savemscc
Facebook: facebook.com/MoralesShakurCenter
Follow us on Twitter @DefendMSCenter  #SaveMSCC #CCNYShutdown #CCNY
Watch us on Youtube @ Morales Shakur Center
E-mail:  moralesshakursc@gmail.com

Campaign Meeting – 3/17 at 7pm!

Come through to the ANSWER Coalition tonight at 7pm for the next Campaign Meeting!

MSCSC March 17, 2015 Meeting Agenda
1) Introductions (Name, Organization)
2) Announcements & Review of Previous Meeting Notes
3) Committee Reportbacks (Fundraising, Organizing, Alumni, Media, Propaganda)
4) Announce list of voting organizations
5) Planning For March, April & May Legal Fund Raising Events
6) New Member Voting 
7) Message From Assata & Guillermo
8) Closing Open Discussion
No Center, No Peace!
 
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/gMRaZFNwtrDpGvWZoV8l_AQ7ORm3hZPVy728NslHpBkBcjp_i5JGvb5As3PCj784KgOswTw8ZUJ7GF3iNB7CX4sSVepJ5KPd5CagaewDj2SdQa6CuUBqVXaNEA

Visit our official website defendmorales-shakur.org/
SIGN OUR PETITION: http://tinyurl.com/savemscc
Facebook: facebook.com/MoralesShakurCenter
Follow us on Twitter @DefendMSCenter  #SaveMSCC #CCNYShutdown #CCNY
Watch us on Youtube @ Morales Shakur Center
E-mail:  moralesshakursc@gmail.com

Campaign Meeting – Tuesday March 3rd

TONIGHT@ 7pm: IS THE NEXT…
Guillermo Morales – Assata Shakur Community & Student Center Campaign Organizing & Planning Meeting In Harlem!
  
* Featuring The Exclusive Video Message From Cuba By Guillermo & Assata!
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 
7pm – 9pm SHARP!

@ Harlem’s ANSWER Coalition Center
2295 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd.
(bet. 135th-134th Street)
Yuri Kochiyama & AssataMSCSC March 3, 2015 Meeting Agenda
1) Introductions (Name, Organization)
2) Announcements & Review of Previous Meeting Notes
3) Committee Reportbacks (Fundraising, Organizing, Alumni, Media, Propaganda)
4) Announce list of voting organizations
5) Spring Fund Raising Event
6) Saturday’s March 7th Anti-NYPD Terror Shut Down March & Rally In The Bronx
7) New Member Voting 
8) Message From Assata & Guillermo
9) Closing Open Discussion

No Center, No Peace!
 
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/gMRaZFNwtrDpGvWZoV8l_AQ7ORm3hZPVy728NslHpBkBcjp_i5JGvb5As3PCj784KgOswTw8ZUJ7GF3iNB7CX4sSVepJ5KPd5CagaewDj2SdQa6CuUBqVXaNEA

Visit our official website defendmorales-shakur.org/
SIGN OUR PETITION: http://tinyurl.com/savemscc Like us on
Facebook: facebook.com/MoralesShakurCenter
Follow us on Twitter @DefendMSCenter  #SaveMSCC #CCNYShutdown #CCNY
Watch us on Youtube @ Morales Shakur Center
E-mail:  moralesshakursc@gmail.com