On Monday, May 1, NYU Sanctuary coordinated a Walk Out because NYU has yet to make concrete policy changes to support students affected by Trump’s violence!
We walked out to make three demands of the NYU administration: Expand access to housing, financial aid, and employment to those affected by Trump’s policies; bar ICE from any buildings or land owned or controlled by NYU under all circumstances; and declare NYU a Sanctuary Campus.
Students originally walked out in November 2016 to demand that NYU become a sanctuary campus…NYU President Andy Hamilton still hasn’t truly heard that call.
As one of our members, Karla Reyes says, “NYU had an opportunity to live up to its mission and be an example of what solidarity looks like. As one of the largest property and private land owners in NYC, declaring sanctuary is not only powerfully symbolic, but physically.”
In addition to our walk out and rally, we also hosted a day-long series of events and programs in Washington Square Park to build community together and actualize visions of sanctuary in practice. We practiced yoga, painted banners, and also held a Read-in.
We held the “Read In” with the idea that literature from a variety of traditions has something to teach us about the experiences and rights of immigrants and laborers–that literature often calls for and sometimes even strives to provide sanctuary and refuge. Students and faculty from several departments came together to offer readings from range of writers, including Suheir Hammad, Warsan Shire, and Adrienne Rich, as well as original poetry by students.
Michael Frazier, NYU student poet at Sanctuary is Poetry reading, today at Washington Square Park. #mayday2017, #beyondthemoment
Posted by Laura Flanders on Monday, May 1, 2017
Because sanctuary is solidarity, and we move alongside the national call for an academic moratorium, with A Day Without Immigrants strike, with the International Women’s Strike NYC, and with labor actions across the country for International Worker’s Day! We are fighting back for our community!
Check out this video of Karla speaking on behalf of NYU Sanctuary at the Union Square Rally.
“Declaring a title of sanctuary means you’re committing to providing support and spaces for targeted students so they can continue to expand their intellectual curiosity. If NYU administration isn’t in the business of protecting all of your students, what are you in the business of?”
- Coverage at Our Town by Diamond Naga Siu