Posts Tagged ‘Timothy Portlock’

Have I Got a Story to Tell About Teaching in the Department of Film and Media Studies at Hunter College

Sunday, July 5th, 2020

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I’m Getting Ready

Wednesday, July 1st, 2020

AAUP’s Tuesday, June 23, 2020 Statement on Racial Justice in Higher Education

Wednesday, June 24th, 2020

Could have been a statement on “Racial Injustice in Higher Education” or the “Tolerance of Racial Injustice in Higher Education” But …

Systemic Racism – A Suggestion

(AAUP statement soon to be published on this blog)

Friday, June 12th, 2020

Work in progress to fix missing graphic (for some browsers) of countdown to 2020 Presidential Election!



Tuesday, June 10, 2020

Wednesday, June 10th, 2020

Attention Department of Film and Media Studies, Hunter College, City University of New York

Saturday, June 6th, 2020

Statement on Protests in Response to the Murder of George Floyd

Thursday, June 4th, 2020

Rudy Fichtenbaum, President, AAUP

Dear Gregg,

The murder of George Floyd by four police officers in Minneapolis has unleashed a massive protest movement across the country. These protests, led by young people, are revealing years of pent-up frustration with racism and inequality. The militarization of policing in the United States and the unchecked violence perpetrated against communities of color by police who continue to act with seeming impunity, along with the promotion of white supremacy by the Trump administration, had created a combustible mix even before the COVID-19 pandemic added to an existing medical crisis and economic desperation, especially in marginalized communities of color.

Many have said that we need to have a conversation about racism and inequality. But a conversation is not enough. What we need is bold action to deal with institutional racism and inequality. While the lack of meaningful preparation for the pandemic has disrupted the lives of all Americans, the more long-standing lack of a meaningful response to endemic racism and inequality has compounded the impact of the pandemic on communities of color.

Clearly, looting and the destruction of property need to be condemned. But we also need to condemn the fact that only one of the four police officers involved in the murder of George Floyd has been arrested and recognize that Floyd’s death is just one more example of the senseless loss of an African American life at the hands of police. The actions of police across the country are enabled by political leaders who have failed to deal with institutional racism and inequality, and they also must be held accountable.

The AAUP supports the right of all citizens to engage in peaceful protests and calls for an end to police violence against protesters. We also recognize that our institutions of higher education have been part of the problem, but they can be part of the solution by marshaling the expertise of faculty and the energy of students in developing meaningful approaches to mitigating racism and inequality in our society.

Rudy Fichtenbaum
President, AAUP

Central Park (Typhoid Mary) Amy Cooper Bramble Scenario Eerily Familiar And So Close to Home

Wednesday, May 27th, 2020

The NYC Commission on Human Rights is announcing an investigation on behalf of the City into an incident involving Amy Cooper, following video footage of Ms. Cooper calling the police on Christian Cooper (no relation to Ms. Cooper), a Black man bird watching in the park, claiming Mr. Cooper was threatening her life.

The available footage of the incident, however, shows no evidence of Mr. Cooper threatening or approaching Ms. Cooper.

“At a time when the devastating impacts of racism in Black communities have been made so painfully clear — from racial disparities in COVID-19outcomes, to harassment of essential workers on the frontlines—it is appalling to see these types of ugly threats directed at one New Yorker by another,” said Sapna V. Raj, Deputy Commissioner of the Law Enforcement Bureau at the NYC Commission on Human Rights.

Click here for complete press announcement.

A NYT Grand Slam!

Sunday, May 24th, 2020

We Need More Grand Slams!