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From the Chairs, 19 July, 2021

Dear John Jay Colleagues,

Management is having a zoom forum about our ”Return to Campus” today at 1 pm. We think it is important that it answer your workplace safety questions in the continuing pandemic. Register here. Send them your questions in advance if you like.

We should expect to hear whether John Jay is going to be more protective than CUNY’s July 1-posted guidelines. Those are here.

If you have specific workplace concerns that do not get addressed at today’s forum, tell them to our PSC John Jay Health & Safety Watchdogs. Look after 2:30pm at our PSC @ John Jay College Commons webpage for a link to a googleform designed to receive any specific workplace concerns.


Our trained chapter representatives will walk through our buildings in three careful visits. We hope management will put them in the calendar today. We will inspect ventilation, physical improvements, support for distancing and other protections. A 50% return of on-campus staff and faculty is scheduled for August 2, but we must have convincing walk-throughs in all those workspaces first. Timing has become urgent.

Please help us help you by communicating your specific concerns at today’s forum and to the chapter watchdogs.

In vigilance and anticipation,

Co-chairs Zabby Hovey & John Pittman
jjaypsc [AT] gmail {DOT} com

Remembering Professor Barry Spunt

Photo of Dr Spunt wearing a shirt and tie

It is with great sadness that we have to tell you that Barry Spunt died from complications related to pancreatitis on Feb. 5th, 2021 after being in the ICU at Bellevue Hospital since August.  All of the charges that were brought against Barry were dismissed.  There has been no official announcement of his death from John Jay College, despite requests from his family.  Barry worked at John Jay from 1993, serving as Sociology Department Chair and Deputy EO of the CJ PhD program.  Continue reading

From the Chairs: Join us Thursday 3rd December for an Anti-racism Panel discussion

Join us for a panel discussion on anti-Black racism, and the struggle against racism at CUNY, in New York City, and beyond.  Thursday, December 3, 2020. Register at    Panelists include C. Jama Adams, John Pittman, Jessica Gordon-Nembhard, Ronesha Singleton.   Moderator = Gerald Markowitz.  Co-sponsored by the PSC, Black Student Union, and African Studies Department.


Trickle-Down Managerialism – AAUP article by our former grievance officer, J-Paul Narkunas

J-Paul Narkunas. (2020). Trickle-Down Managerialism: Accountable Faculty in the Financialized University of Managers.  Journal of Academic Freedom, volume 11.

From the abstract:  “Trickle-down economics offers the promise that wealth will eventually flow to all sectors of society. I argue that rather than wealth, managerial processes and actuarial practices driven by finance and by big data firms have been trickling down and reorganizing higher education—what I call “trickle-down managerialism…..

When we asked Paul if we might share his Trickle-Down article, he suggested we also consider sharing a piece created by Wavy the Bear, Kingsborough Community College Senior Stuffed Brand Ambassador. And here it is:

Wavy the Bear. (2020).  Afterword: Can the managerial technique speak?    Journal of Academic Freedom, volume 11.


Information for New York voters regarding the November 3, 2020 General Election

[Reproduced with permission from Environmental Education Fund,  The original site has an automated Google translation option, into many languages including Spanish]


October 9: Last day to register to vote. It can be done online, in person, or envelope postmarked.
October 27: Last day to postmark application for absentee ballot.
November 2: Last day to apply in person for absentee ballot.
November 3: Last day to postmark absentee ballot.
November 3: Last day to deliver absentee ballot in person at board of elections.

The Easiest Way to Vote in New York in the Nov 3, 2020 General Election

Register to vote by October 9.
Apply for an Absentee Ballot, fill it out, and mail it to your County Board of Elections or drop it off in person during early voting.

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