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Hostos Community College: Battle of the Seventies

Journal: Centro Journal
ISSN 1538-6279

Volume: XV;
Issue: 1;
Date: 2003;
Original page

A personal historical account by the Coordinator of the Coalition to Save Hostos Community College during the 1975–76 New York City financial crisis. This 9-month, South Bronx-led community struggle began with traditional peaceful civic advocacy and then developed into a civil disobedience movement armed with aggressive militant tactics. The collective nucleus was composed of students, professors, professionals, community groups, constituency groups, and individuals supported by a citywide network. The campaign resulted in the longest takeover of an academic institution in the history of New York City, and emergency legislation that saved the first Spanish-English bilingual college in the history of the United States.
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