Denise Ford

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Denise Ford


Denise Ford co-created the Revolutionary Student Coordinating Committee responding to the militarization of CUNY and challenging the closing of the campus Morales/Shakur Community Center while seeking a BA in History and Political Science at City University of New York.[1]

Radicalization

Denise Ford marched for immigration reform in high school and joined the Black Student Union early in college, but became more politically aware through conversations during Occupy Wall Street. She joined Students for a Free CUNY (SUFC) where she read, discussed and deepened her analysis of US imperialism.

She helped created the Revolutionary Student Coordinating Committee, organizing a panel on Women and Revolution for International Women’s Day and working to block the militarization of CUNY when it was revealed that ex-army general David Petraeus and the ROTC would become an institutional part of CUNY. Through the Ad Hoc Committee Against the Militarization of CUNY, weekly protests were held and at one of the protests, she and 5 others were beaten and arrested by the NYPD. CUNY then closed the Morales/Shakur Community Center, one of the last liberated spaces at CUNY. Saving the center became the next focus of the RSCC and Denise was fully involved in mobilizing, speaking at rallies and leading the campaign. She was elected as Chairwoman of the RSCC last year and plans to continue building a revolutionary student movement at CUNY while training students to be revolutionary organizers.

She completed an AA in Liberal Arts at Borough of Manhattan Community College and is enrolled at City University of New York (CUNY) seeking a BA in History and Political Science.[2]

CUNY 6

Six demonstrators were arraigned Wednesday September 18, 2013 in Manhattan Criminal Court after a protest against ex-C.I.A. chief David Petraeus at the City University of New York got ugly.

About 75 people were marching on the sidewalk outside of Macaulay Honors College at 35 W. 67th St. on Tuesday when a fight broke out with cops, according to the criminal complaint.

Rafael Pena, Angelica Hernandez, Denise Ford and Jose Disla and their lawyer, Lamis Deek

Jose Disla, 25; Augustin Castro, 23; Denise Ford, 24; Angelica Hernandez, 18; and Rafael Pena, 24; were charged with obstruction of governmental administration, riot, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

But attorney Lamis Deek said the group had been peaceful.

“They did not touch or threaten those officers,” he said. “The only obstruction that happened was from the police.”

CUNY student Luis Henriquez, 25 claims he was struck by cops while protesting.[3]

RSCC connection

One of the students, Jose Disla, is a public affairs major at Baruch College. Along with Disla, Luis Henriquez, Augustin Castro, Denise Ford, Rafael Pena, Angelica Hernandez are members of the Ad Hoc Committee Against the Militarization of CUNY, a group that is protesting the hiring of ex-CIA director General David Petraeus to teach a fall seminar at Macaulay.

A press release issued by the Revolutionary Student Coordinating Committee (RSCC) stated that, “students were punched, slammed against vehicles and against the pavement by police captains and officers, after the NYPD forced them off the pavement and into the street.”

The committee is an offshoot of RSCC, an organization of CUNY students, faculty and professors. The main objective of the committee is to fight what they perceive as the militarization of CUNY through Petraeus’ position and the recent return of ROTC to City College. [4]

Left Forum 2014

Proletarian Feminism, Revolutionary Student Work and Other Innovations in Mass Line Theory

Sponsoring Journal: Maosoleum

Speakers/Co-Facilitators:

FDR highway march

Khalil Vasquez November 28, 2014:

Nov 25th, 2014: We came out for Ferguson, we came out for the lives taken by US Imperialism.

SJP, RSC and thousands of others on the fornt line taking the FDR highway.

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"Thousands of people poured into the streets in NYC to demand justice for Mike Brown, and spent 6 hours marching all throughout the city- beginning in Union Square and ending at the Harlem state office building. There were also ra... See More — with Mona Kareem, Erick Moreno, Alexi Peace, Ernesto Perez, Kermit Jagger, Gargi Padki, Ruwayda Odeh, Katherine Vasquez, Angie Hernandez, Kas Nfinda, Mariama Cba, Kevin Morenito, Amanda Meltzer, Charlie Uptown, Denise C. Ford, Ezra Sholom, Percy Lujan, Shake Zula, Avia Michelle, Mikey David, Dan Cione and Tafadar Sourov.

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