FiRE Says Yes to Affordable Childcare on Campus!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 21, 2009

Reference: Jackie Mariano, Deputy Secretary General, Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment (FiRE-Gabriela USA), fire.nyc@gmail.com

Warm Greetings of Solidarity to the Student-Parents of CUNY Hunter College!

Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment (FiRE-Gabriela USA) stand in solidarity with the student-parents of CUNY Hunter College, and their allies, who have been fighting for the past several months to defend the maintenance and expansion of the Children’s Learning Center at CUNY Hunter College. Your continuing struggle to defend the rights of parents, especially mothers, and their children to have clear access to an affordable education is an inspiration to the women of our organization who fight every day for the rights and welfare of Filipino women and children locally and across the globe.

It is disturbing to know that the administration of CUNY Hunter College supports the 28% decrease of space from the Children’s Learning Center. It is the outstanding objective of the Hunter College community to remind their administration that they must uphold CUNY Hunter College’s mission to provide affordable education to women, students of color, low-income individuals, and other underserved demographics. Since 10% of Hunter students are parents, a substantial population of the Hunter community will experience the negative effects of the proposed cuts to the Children’s Learning Center. The maintenance and expansion of childcare on campus would mean a great deal to Hunter’s student-parents. This struggle fights for the option of affordable childcare on campus; supplemental education for the children of Hunter’s student-parents; and the right of student-parents to attend class and earn their degrees in a comfortable and timely manner.

To the student-parents of CUNY Hunter College, we join your struggle and commend your resilience.

In solidarity,
Members of FiRE-Gabriela USA

DEFEND THE RIGHTS OF MOTHERS AND THEIR CHILDREN!
NO TO CLOSING ROOM 209!
YES TO AFFORDABLE CHILDCARE ON CAMPUS!
EDUCATION IS A RIGHT!

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