"Morales / Shakur Center" student suspensions event
On October 28, 2013, a City College administrator suspended Tafadar Sourov and Khalil Vasquez, two students who led demonstrations against the administration’s illegal raid and seizure of the Guillermo Morales / Assata Shakur Community Center. The Morales / Shakur Center is a space that has existed at City College for more than 20 years and was first won in 1989 through a mass student strike and occupations throughout CUNY.
On November 8, Taffy and Khalil will come before the faculty-student disciplinary committee for the first time. The City College administration, and the ruling class they serve, is attempting to squash political dissent on campus by targeting two of the most prominent and uncompromising organizers in today’s CUNY movement.
Taffy and Khalil are members of the Revolutionary Student Coordinating Committee. In addition, Taffy is the secretary of CCNY Students for Justice in Palestine. Khalil is also a former leader of the CCNY Black Student Union.
- In response to the attacks on our student leaders, students and community say: WE ARE NOT AFRAID. Repression will not end the campaign to save the Morales / Shakur Center or the broader struggle to liberate CUNY for the people. Hundreds on campus and in the community will follow their example. Any punitive measures against Taffy and Khalil will only be a lesson to the people that the CCNY administration dismisses the people’s concerns and that the people must escalate their mass actions.
- Taffy and Khalil are fighting for the people, defending the last autonomous campus space that serves the community and defending the legacy of the people’s revolutionary heroes. THE PEOPLE MUST DEFEND TAFFY AND KHALIL. The people cannot stand aside and look as the City College administration attempts to isolate them and promote fake sellout student leaders who want to negotiate away the Center. The Center was won through struggle and will be reclaimed through struggle.
Revolutionary Student Coordinating Committee organized a meeting in Edgewater, 160 Convent Avenue, New York, Friday 8 November 2013, to organize resistance. Those indicating their willingness to attend on the Wherevent website included Amira Aganovic, Yoko Liriano, Marisa Jalo, Fanshen Wong, Sonny Obhan, Jeff Camp, Eric Struch, Amity Magid Paye, Lisa Monae, Douaa Sheet, Isabella Wynter, Francs Villar, Brad Sigal, Marybeth Seitz-Brown, Ben Fredericks, Josefina La China, Timothy Connelly, Luis Henriquez|Viejo Chuleta, Kadeem Panelle Trammell, David Suker, Jason Harris, Yasmin Majeed, Annie Vargas, Nastaran Mohit, Josean Laguarta Ramirez, Abe Walker, Gage Lacharite, L. Eljeer Hawkins, Thomas Sharkey, Lawrence Lan, Mrfive Mualimmak, Lucy Parks, Molly Jilabib, Justina Nicole, Marcel Cartier, Analisa Svehaug, Shay Horse, Kelvin Rojas, Amin Husain, Gregoire Jacques, Carlos A. Rivera-Jones, Joelle Lingat, Michael Snyder, Tovia Ben Shapiro, Ayumila Hilai, Nisha Adarkar, Conor Toms, Larry Hales, Carlos Cabeza, Eduardo Viera, Ev Er In, Lisa Wojehowski, LaMont OyeWale' Badru, Justin T. Watson, Matthew Gabriel Martinez, Jr., Syed Raza, Rey Valentin, Dezmond Goff, Karla Alejandra Reyes, Kevin Kang, Freddy Bastone, Jane Brennan, Julian Roberts, Vanessa Calle, Arman Azimi, Rndl Rzz, Karla Tequila, Terance Podolski, Ryan McNamara, Angelica Molina, Daniel Lightfoot, Adrienne Louise Couraud, Lamis Deek, Greg Butterfield, Emmanuel Pardilla, Rakim Jenkins, Nadia Ziad, Ibrahim Kaypakkaya, Sumumba Sobukwe, Noran Elzarka, Juan Alberto Perez Vera, Elif Fatıma Gorken , Sharmin Hossain, Jose LaSalle, Jenny Marks, Stanley Fritz, Angelica Hernandez, Ali Nasser, Imani Brown, Hoda Mitwally, Sherland Kellman, Ivan Phell T. Enrile, Lesh Vishwasrao, Tom Watts, Alok Vaid-Menon, Chrissie O'Heron, Roksana Mun, Rajib Lovesramen Miah, Eduardo Viera, Andres Ibanez, Christopher L. Lopez, Jomur Islam, Julia Wallace, SlabTzu DelFuego, Yves Nibungco, Johnathan Vivar, Gimbels Elizabeth Dayton, Rima Isam Anabtawi, Mustafa Sullivan, Natalie DeSabato, Noran Elzarka, Miguel Peralta, Angelica Clarke, Lolan BuSe, Rafael E. Peña, Mohammed Ezzeldin, Francisco Fortuno, Selina Beckford, Hilary Weitze, Nick Isabella, Jesse Ferrell, Graciela Razo, Ben Becker, Tommy Maggio, Anthony Rogers, Shaka Shakur, James Bud Grainger, Shomari Kwame Amon Hines, Erick Moreno, Prachi Patankar, Catherine-Mercedes Brillantes Judge, Juan Colmenares, Nkem Ejoh, Saswat Pattanayak, Abdu Salman, Emmanuel Lachaud, Terance Podolski, Marilicus Zhang, Siervo Del Pueblo, Kassem Nasser, Hannington Dia , Bryant Brown, Ruth Perez Chaves, Freda Ding, Anthony Rogers, Peash Imtiaz, Kevin Dwyre, Ramiro Funez, Nicholas Lochan, Tajh Danielle Sutton, Elisa Lorde, Khalil Vasquez, Elliot Vazquez, Christine Fabro, Laura Ann Denies, Michael Letwin, Jed Brandt, Sharrae Lyon, Tafadar Sourov, Stephanie Zukasaka, Charlotte Kates, Nantina Vgontza, Brian Scott, Avrilage Aliss, Shondrea Thornton, Magdolyn Kawas, Victoria Sobel, Nerdeen Mohsen, Su Em Inn, Jackelyn Mariano, Asha Rosa, Dorlimar Lebron Malave, Alexandra Schindler, Marwa Janini, Fahmida Ferdousi, Jose Angelo Mikhail, Veronica Feliciano, Aber Kawas, Helen Panagiotopoulos, Tabares Guerrero, Monique Mojica, Dylan Farley