Thursday, February 19, 2009

NYU is occupied, "in solidarity with the University of Gaza, and with the people of Palestine."


"NYU students and other city students in solidarity have taken NYU."

February 18, 2009; 10:37 PM

Published on the New York City Independent Media Center, at:


At approximately 10pm tonight (Feb. 18), students of Take Back NYU! took over the Kimmel Marketplace. They have blockaded the doors and declared an occupation.

They presented their demands to the NYU administration. Their demands include the creation of a Socially Responsible Finance Committee, whose members will sit on NYU's Board of Trustees.


...8. That the first two orders of business of the Socially Responsible Finance committee will be:

a) An in depth investigation of all investments in war and genocide profiteers, as well as companies profiting from the occupation of Palestinian territories.

b) A reassessment of the recently lifted of the ban on Coca Cola products.

9. That annual scholarships be provided for thirteen Palestinian students, starting with the 2009/2010 academic year. These scholarships will include funding for books, housing, meals and travel expenses.

10. That the university donate all excess supplies and materials in an effort to rebuild the University of Gaza.


Along with this, the NYU students have issued a


"We, the students of Take Back NYU! declare our solidarity with the student [sleepovers] in Greece, Italy, and the United Kingdom, as well as those of the University of Rochester, the New School for Social Research, and with future [sleepovers] to come in the name of democracy and student power.

"We stand in solidarity with the University of Gaza, and with the people of Palestine."