Riot inside CUNY Hunter

March 4, 2010

Reports coming in from the indoor demo at CUNY Hunter today…

A large walkout an indoor rally began at 1 PM. With a massive police presence on campus, students marched around the building. The much hated card-reader turnstyles installed in the front of the building destroyed by students. Several instances of pulled fire alarms. Windows of financial aid office reported smashed. Two students arrested inside the building for being on an unauthorized floor. A large rally outside of the building began where students screamed that this is only the beginning. Rally outside disperses around 3 pm towards main rally.

From NY Times:

March 4, 2010, 6:21 pm

Three Arrested at Hunter College Protest

Three protesters were arrested Thursday afternoon outside Hunter College in Manhattan during a demonstration involving more than 150 people.

Black-clad students and sympathizers were objecting to recent budget cuts and showing solidarity with students in California protesting a 33 percent increase in tuition there.

Students also walked out of classes at the New School and New York University.

At Hunter, on Lexington Avenue and 68th Street on the Upper East Side, about 60 protesters rushed the seven-floor main building in a failed attempt to occupy it.

A 20-year-old woman and a 21-year-old man were arrested by security officers at the college and charged with trespass, criminal mischief and possession of graffiti instruments (marking pens). A 37-year-old man was charged with disorderly conduct.

A large rally outside of the building began where students screamed that this is only the beginning.

SOLIDARITY TO ALL STRIKERS, RIOTERS, AND OCCUPIERS!

Year Round
Our desires are empty, our power is null. Our gestures of escape are pushed to the margins – drunken debates with coworkers, crumpled pamphlets, the violent fantasies of miserable morning commutes, graffiti in the bathroom stalls. Struggle is a daily reality. Rather than forcing our anger against our common enemies, we turn our struggles inwards. We let our self-doubt grow infectiously as we wallow in self-appointed passivity. We drink ourselves to death to survive this meaningless culture.

But our individual struggles are communal and our set is beginning to take notice. In times of crisis the working class has two options: accept cutbacks in order to keep capitalism running, or revolt against the bosses and politicians who we all know we don’t need. “The people united will never be defeated!” chants the left. We stare at the metal barricades in which they’ve trapped us, despising this chant in its inaccuracy. We are defeated at every turn. So we search the crowd for others as angry as us, and

today

we see it in the eyes of the youth. No words are said to confirm the energy that propels us towards the barricades.

“California is a vision of the future,”

says the old new left of the East Coast academia, far enough away to study it as if it is the past.

The walls are ours to tear down, the streets are ours to shatter. Its matter hold no authority. Bricks are no longer stamped with the name of the empire, and all roads lead to an infinite number of terrible paths. The enraged classes are growing in size and strength and desire for something new and terrifying beyond the barricades.

Let us teach others to fight. Let the eace-police feel their irrelevance. Let the police-police trip as they chase us down alleyways. Let  University Presidents from San Diego to Boston dump frenzied memos on each other. Let the student class and the working class ally and together abolish their social categories!

NEW CHANTS FOR MARCH 4:

Social War must be made! Students to the barricades!
Taking the streets is not enough! Occupy! Fuck shit up!
The university is dead! Kill the Student in your head!
Human strike is now in sight! It’s 2010! It’s time to fight!
Forever’s! Gonna! Start to-night!
Debtors of the world revolt!
FORM! CONTENT! FORM! CONTENT!
COAT! LINEN! SELF-ABOLITION!
Open up the Vortex! Let us all in!

On Tuesday the New York State Supreme Court granted an injunction preventing Hunter from turning the childcare center into an administrative office. The decision was in the midst of an escalating student struggle to prevent the center’s closing that would result in education becoming unaffordable for many current students who are already struggling to pay CUNY’s rising tuition.

On Monday, students from throughout the CUNY system, NYU, and New School attended a rally outside of Hunter, one of several so far, to demand the center stay open. At one point, the rally attempted to march inside the well-policed building to bring their demands directly to the administrators. One student was arrested in the demonstration and is being charged with incite to riot.

Administrators are beginning to learn it is no longer so easy to disenfranchise a single faction of students as solidarity between students at New York City rapidly strengthens.