Friday, May 27, 2011

CCC Administration Refuses to Meet with Save City Colleges Coalition & Kicks them out of Malcolm X College

Save City Colleges Refused Meeting Space at Malcolm X
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Part of the "reinvention" plan for Chicago City Colleges is to remove the name of Malcolm X from one of the campuses, and paint over the its wall mural image of Huey P. Newton, founder of the Black Panther Party in the 1960s. But these are just symbolic representations of much deeper attacks against public eduction in Chicago at the college level. The Save City Colleges coalition, made up of student groups, faculty members, union locals, and community leaders, arrived at Malcolm X on May 26 expecting to have a hearing with Chairman of the Board of Trustees Martin Cabrera and officials from City Hall, as was previously agreed to. But they found out that it was cancelled. And to add to the insult, Malcolm X security (the irony of it all!) kicked the coalition out of the building. The coalition has stated: "The grassroots organizers point to the dangerously reduced transparency of decision-making for the largest consolidated body of higher education in the state and claim that all of the above decisions had been made by administrators lacking in education experience and credentials and without good-faith consultations with employees, students or grassroots community representatives." Length - 3 min.

Malcolm X College security head won't allow SCC a meeting space,
and throws the coalition out of the building.
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