Protest of the Shutdown of the Guillermo Morales/Assata Shakur Center at City College of New York
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 11:05AM
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Community leader, Brother Shep speaks to the large crowd of students, faculty and community members gathered at the protest of the shutdown of the Morales/Shakur Center at the City College of New York.  He urges protestors to fight against the shutdown and call the school to voice their opinions. This protest was reminiscent of the student demonstrations of the autocratic and racist administrations on College Campuses in the 60's and 70's.

-- Here is more information about the shutdown of the Morales/Shakur Center from the Facebook Event page of - Stop the Militarization of CCNY! Defend the Morales-Shakur Center! (

The night of Sunday October 20, CUNY public safety officers held students hostage in the North Academic Center of CCNY as they raided a community center beloved to students and community members: the Morales-Shakur Center. The Center runs important community services, such as a farm share and a book exchange, as well as serves as a hub for progressive student organizing. Using the space, students have won victories such as the 24 hour library and free printing. Lately, it has been used to organize protests against war criminal David Petraeus, in a campaign to defend CUNY from militarization. The campaign gained international fame and solidarity, bringing embarrassment on the CUNY administration.

How does the administration respond? With further militarization!

The morning after the raid, the entire City College campus was put under lockdown and students were harassed by public safety officers. This came at the worst time, as students needed to get in and use the library to study for upcoming midterms. In their frustrations about the library being closed and a beloved community center being raided and shut down, students organized an impromptu protest that gained numbers and support quickly. Media, community members and city council members came to express solidarity, and enough pressure was built to force the administration to reopen the campus. However, the Morales-Shakur Center remains under siege. 


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