The interim CUNY chancellor William B. Kelly recently sent a letter to the Board of Trustees regarding the September 17, 2013 demonstration against a fundraiser at Macaulay Honors College featuring “professor” David Petraeus and apologist for U.S. imperialism Fareed Zakaria.
The demonstration was organized by the Ad Hoc Committee Against the Militarization of CUNY, a united front in which the Revolutionary Student Coordinating Committee (RSCC) is a leading participant.
While the interim chancellor’s letter mentions the demonstration, it consciously neglects to address the brutality that the NYPD used in arresting demonstrators. Instead the letter claims that “a few demonstrators resisted police efforts, and six arrests were made.” The letter continues: “The university takes every measure to ensure that Dr. Petraeus was able to teach and conduct scholarly activities, without harassment or obstruction.” Further, the institution “-will not tolerate disruption of the free exchange of ideas and the essential work of the university.” This is a mischaracterization of not only the events of September 17, but of the campaign as a whole. Continue reading
Recent video shows former CIA director David Petraeus being chased down a New York City street by student activists at the City University of New York.
by Andrew Kirel, Mediaite
September 11th, 2013
As BusinessInsider reported, Petraeus was on the way to teaching his first class at CUNY’s honors college, entitled “Are We on the Threshold of the North American Decade?” He took on the teaching gig as part of rehabilitating his image following an extramarital affair scandal that led to his resignation from the CIA.
The students can be heard yelling “War criminal!” at the retired military officer who played a key role in the “counterinsurgency” strategy of the Iraq War. “Every class, David!” the students shout, suggesting they plan to protest him on a weekly basis, before every lecture.
“Petraeus out of CUNY” and “Fascist” were some of the other chants.
At one point, Petraeus and two of the students dart off into the middle of a street with an oncoming bus honking. Despite the repeated expletives hurled his way, the former general never once responded to the crowd.
Protests of David Petraeus’s lectures to continue, say CUNY students
Coalition of student groups at CUNY say protest ‘is to let the administration know that war criminals cannot be hired’
Adam Gabbatt in New York, theguardian.com
Friday 13 September 2013