Save Hostos Movements 1972-1979 2.0 Cubic feet
This series is arranged into six subseries that are ordered chronologically by subject. Within these groups, folders are arranged alphabetically and chronologically thereafter.
Scope and Content note
1973 to 1979. Gerald Meyer was a leading figure in organizing and executing community protests and lobbying efforts, as well as the ultimate success of the various components of the overall movement. The first (1973-1974) and third (1977-1978) mobilizations enabled the college to buy the 500 building and to later obtain funding for its renovation. The second mobilization was organized to save Hostos from the death sentence dealt by the Board of Education in 1975-1976. The series contains correspondence, publications, clippings, photographs, petitions, flyers, posters, and other materials related to the efforts to save Hostos Community College and secure additional space.
Action to Save Hostos 1975-1977 0.5 Cubic feet
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The battle to save Hostos began in the fall of 1975 when New York City and CUNY plunged into fiscal crisis. In response, the Board of Higher Education proposed a restructuring of the CUNY system, which called for the closures of John Jay College, Richmond College, and Hostos Community College—as well as the reassignment of Medgar Evers and York Colleges from four-year institutions to two-year community colleges with focuses on technical training. According to the plan, the Hostos Allied Health program would have been transferred to Bronx Community College and a bilingual institute would have remained at the College’s present site. In response, Professor Meyer founded and chaired the Save Hostos Committee (SHC), which was an official body of the Hostos Senate. In conjunction with the Community Coalition to Save Hostos (CCSH), SHC was responsible for restoring the college’s operational funding. This broad coalition included not only student and faculty movements, but also an organization of ex-convicts, Puerto Rican nationalists, and the United Bronx Parents. Numerous City services had already been eliminated in the South Bronx, and the various factions involved saw the proposed closure of Hostos as another attempt to systematically demolish the remnants of the South Bronx. Members of the Hostos and the South Bronx community felt that the closure of the college would destroy any opportunity for upward socio-economic mobility and doom the community to continued poverty, addiction, and blight. In this fight, activists enrolled the assistance of Bronx Borough President Robert Abrams (B1F4), Congressman Herman Badillo, State Assemblyman Seymour Posner, Charlie Palmieri (B1F7), Congressman Charles Rangel, State Assemblyman José Serrano, and Fernando E.C. De Baca—the special assistant to the President of the United States for Hispanic Affairs (B1F16).
Included are announcements, memoranda, flyers, posters, information sheets about the college in English and Spanish (B1F15), and correspondence from the SHC and the CCSH. One folder (B1F21) addresses attempts to register voters in order to persuade legislators to take action to save Hostos. Professor Meyer also kept his writings and speeches, news clippings, and communications with the Board of Higher Education. There are also correspondences to and from elected officials generated during letter writing campaigns.
500 Building: Hostos Needs Space 1974 March
Save Hostos Board of Higher Education (BHE) 1976
Save Hostos Clippings 1975-1977
Save Hostos Ethnic Profile and Place of Residence 1976
Save Hostos Mobilization 1076-1977
Save Hostos Statements of Support 1976 March 8
Save Hostos Student Government Organization 1976
Save Hostos: Community Coalition to Save Hostos [CCSH] 1976
Save Hostos: CCSH Citywide Community Coalition 1976
Save Hostos: CCSH Community Coalition News 1975-1976
Save Hostos: CCSH Federacion Universitarios Socialistas Puertorriquenos: Vanguardia undated
Save Hostos: CCSH Puerto Rican Caucus 1976
Save Hostos: CCSH Puerto Rican Socialist Party (PSP) 1976
Save Hostos: CCSH PSP: Machete Rojo 1975-1976
Save Hostos: CCSH Ramon J. Jimenez undated
Save Hostos: Save Hostos Committee (SHC) 1975-1976
Save Hostos: SHC Correspondence 1975-1976
Save Hostos: SHC Faculty Senate 1975-1976
Save Hostos: SHC Hostos Speakers Bureau 1975-1976
Save Hostos: SHC Outreach Sub-Committee 1976
Save Hostos: SHC Retrenchment 1977
Save Hostos: SHC Voter Registration
Save Hostos: SHC Writings/Speeches Ca. 1976, 1977