20.12.2008 | 18:40 Uhr | Alter: 10 Jahre

Dear Friends,

We are writing to you from the inside of the New School Graduate Faculty

Building on 65 5th Ave. We are occupying it. Right now. Literally.

Students of the New School University, along with our partners from other

universities and groups  like NYU, Hunter College, City College of NY, CUNY

Graduate Center, and Borough of Manhattan Community College, have

organically risen up to demand the resignation of President Bob Kerrey,

Executive Vice President James Murtha, and Board Member/torturer Robert B.

Millard (he multi-tasks). We have come together to prevent our study spaces

from being flattened by corporate bulldozers, to have a say in who runs this

school, to demand that the money we spend on this institution be used to

facilitate the creation of a better society, not to build bigger buildings

or invest in companies that make war. We have come here not only to make

demands, but also to live them. Our presence makes it clear that this school

is ours, and yours, if you are with us.

The outside doors have been closed now, so we can't exactly invite you

in-sorry- We know you wanted a piece of the action, but we'll be around for

quite some time. Join us at 7 AM tomorrow when the doors open again, or come

now to stand outside with a sign in solidarity. You are cordially invited to

join us in any way you can. We are not going anywhere. In the meantime,

check out our Web site: We have all night to make

things interesting, and the website will continue to be updated. Stay tuned

for the musical pieces, doctoral dissertations, and creative

finger-paintings that seem to be the natural result of 150 students locked

into a building together for a night.

We are here, making decisions collectively, doing teach-ins, listening to

music, studying, singing. We've got an upright bassist, guitarists and

vocalists (If anyone can volunteer a drum-set we'll be well on our wayŠ).

We'll be here until this university changes, or until the party gets boring

(but it doesn't seem likely that will happen). We're not going anywhere. We

hope to see you soon, and if you really can't wait a few hours  what the

hell  occupy your own universities or work spaces.

Come use your voice to declare loudly that this school and this world are

yours. Come use your mind to think up a better world. Come use your body to

create it, one all-nighter in the university cafeteria at a time. Come stand

in solidarity with the students, faculty, and staff of this university. Come

to write letters of support to the people of the village of Thanh Phong

whose parents were murdered by the current President of the New School

during his service in Vietnam. Come join the struggle with the people of

Iraq who are being tortured and killed by a company funded by this

university and represented on the New School Board of Trustees. Come here to

join the uprisings and outpouring of passionate resistance currently taking

place all over this country, and all over the worlds  from factory workers

in Chicago to students in Greece. Come for yourself. Come for all of us.

In solidarity,

The New School in Exile

~ Demands of the Occupation ~

-The removal of Bob Kerrey as president of our university

-The removal of James Murtha as executive vice president of our university

-Students, faculty, and staff elect the president, EVP, and Provost.

-Students are part of the interim committee to hire a provost.

-The removal of Robert B. Millard as treasurer of the board of trustees.

-Intelligible transparency and disclosure of the university budget and


-The creation of a committee on socially responsible investments.

-The immediate suspension of capital improvement projects like the tearing

down of 65 fifth Ave.

-Instead, money towards the creation of an autonomous student space.

-Instead, money towards scholarships and reducing tuition.

-Instead, money for the library and student life generally.

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