In line with the Murphy Institute’s mission to “support the development of an engaged and empowered citizenry,” and in keeping with CUNY’s commitment to expand voter registration, the Institute will be conducting a voter education and registration drive before class from Monday, September 12th to Thursday September 15th from 5:20pm-6:20pm and will thereafter promote on-going voter registration.
Come support us next week by stopping by the tabling on both floors. Or you can come by and volunteer!
Murphy will also hold two pre-class drop-in educational sessions, on Thursday, September 8th and Monday, September 12th from 5:30 – 6:10pm in room 18A on civic participation and reviewing the elected offices being contested this electoral season.
Finally, CUNY has also announced a new initiative to make voter registration easier for all CUNY students by enabling them to register using their CUNYfirst accounts.
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The Murphy Institute gives back to the larger NYC community in countless ways. Most people know about the Institute’s top-notch public programming and academic programs. But did you know that the Murphy Institute also offers free immigration consultations?
Thanks to a partnership with CUNY Citizenship Now!, anyone with immigration legal questions can make an appointment for a free 30-minute legal consultation at Murphy, offered from 5-8pm on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month (by appointment at 212-642-2029), or at the NYC Central Labor Council on the first, third and fifth Wednesdays of each month from 5-8pm (by appointment at 212-771-1023).
A 20 year-old program, CUNY Citizenship Now! is a way for immigrant New Yorkers to navigate the complicated and often-confusing US immigration system — all at zero cost. The program brings legal counsel to central locations and makes a variety of services available to people who can benefit from them, from Green Card holders seeking naturalization to people navigating Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to citizens looking to bring their family members to the United States. Continue reading CUNY Citizenship Now!: Immigration Services at Murphy
This course is open to interested students, labor and climate activists with at least a High School Diploma or GED. Students can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212-642-2011 for more information about registration and fees.
Taught by Lara Skinner, Ph.D.
URB451 Special Topics in Urban Studies – Labor and the Climate Crisis
Wednesdays 6:15 – 9:35 pm @ Cornell Conference Center
How can the labor movement and others best respond to the climate crisis? How can unions work to protect both the environment and good jobs? This class will give students a foundation in the scientific, social, and political aspects of the looming crisis. Students will explore how they can more effectively engage their unions, movement activism, and scholarship in efforts to protect the environment and our future.
Instructor: Lara Skinner, Ph.D., Associate Director of The Worker Institute at Cornell and Co-Chair of the Institute’s Labor Leading on Climate Initiative. Skinner has worked for unions doing campaign research and policy development since 1999. She began her career in labor working with Oregon’s Farmworkers Union (Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste) and as an active member of the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation, Local 3544. Skinner’s current research, writing, and labor education work focuses on increasing the role of unions and working people in addressing the environmental and climate crises and building a powerful, inclusive movement for climate and economic justice.
Registration for the class will open soon! Students must register through CUNYFirst. For more information on registering using CUNYFirst, call Orson Barzola at 212-340-2871. Registration is on a first-come basis, and is limited to 25 students.
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Taught by Robin Gillespie
Register for LABR669 Special Topics: Occupational Health & Safety
M & W, 6:15-8:45 pm, from June 6 to July 21, 2016.
Workplace health, safety and wellness determine workers’ ability to stay on the job, thrive off it, be productive and reach a healthy retirement. This course will introduce students to the core knowledge areas of occupational health and safety (OSH): exposures, effects, risks and controls; industrial hygiene models and methods; regulatory protections that apply in public and private sector workplaces including OSHA and NLRA; and workplace health protection and promotion. The course practical work and guest lecturers will cover OSH concerns in jobs held by New York City workers in major industry sectors, including transit, restaurants, retail stores, offices, public sector, construction and several tiers of health care. Participatory research methods will be discussed and the concepts applied to existing and proposed research. Students will analyze and present their own work experiences in terms of the course skills and content. They will be encouraged to contribute to shaping the class content and readings to suit their professional needs.
NOTE: This graduate course is open to all who hold a Bachelor’s Degree. (Current CUNY graduate students should register for the course via E-Permit @ CUNY Portal and pay tuition to their home college. Once a permit is approved and processed the course will appear on the tuition bill and your course schedule will be generated by the home college). For more information about registration and tuition and fees, please contact Irene.Garcia-Mathes@cuny.edu / 212-642-2050
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What’s the future of CUNY? To understand what might come, it helps to look at what’s passed. How did CUNY become what it is today? What’s at stake in preserving an autonomous CUNY?
An editorial by the Editorial Board of the New York Times today starts to tell the story, and does so by citing Murphy Consortial Faculty Member Steve Brier’s book, co-authored with Michael Fabricant, “Austerity Blues: Fighting for the Soul of Public Education”:
As the City University professors Stephen Brier and Michael Fabricant explain in their forthcoming history, “Austerity Blues: Fighting for the Soul of Public Higher Education,” Nelson Rockefeller, who essentially built the state’s public higher education system, wanted to absorb New York City’s colleges into the state university system at the beginning of the 1960s.
The proposal met fatal resistance from alumni, business leaders and education officials who had great affection for the city system. They understood the city to be different from the rest of the state, in civic and cultural terms, and considered free tuition essential to much of its population. (Mr. Rockefeller had also proposed charging tuition in exchange for state aid.) The merger idea was dropped, and the city system — renamed The City University of New York in 1961 — remained independent, even though it would receive state support.
The state Legislature took the same view. It gave the state formal control of the city system while recognizing fundamental differences: on the one hand, a loose federation of 64 campuses scattered about the state; on the other, a city system described in state law as an engine of advancement for the poor and disadvantaged and having “the strongest commitment to the special needs of an urban constituency.”
Read the full editorial at NYTimes.com.
Photo by Alex Irklievski (Alex Irklievski) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
By David Unger
“C-U-N-Y…Don’t Let CUNY Die!”
Over the past few years, we have been lying down on the pavements of New York. In Grand Central Station, in front of Barclay’s Center, in the middle of streets in Brooklyn, near Union Square, in Harlem and in the Bronx. We have been asked to lie down — to Die In — in order to demand recognition of Black Lives, to condemn violence against and killing of people of color, many of whose names are by now familiar in a tragic way: Sandra Bland, Eric Garner, Mike Brown, Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin…and on and on.
Many times, everyone has been asked to die in, to lie down. Other times, white allies have been asked to stand in silence. Either way, the impacted communities have been calling the shots and leading the way.
At times, the die-ins have been done by “other groups,” including the Fight-for-15, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ), and others, marching in solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives and calling out the intersection between racial and economic violence. Each time, no matter what intersections have been highlighted, the violence against people of color has been the primary concern of the actions. Continue reading On Escalation, Dying-In and the Fight to Fund CUNY