March to Stop the Purple Monster

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Date(s) - 10/20/2012
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

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The Purple Monster is at it again. NYU’s administration is planning a massive expansion in Greenwich Village. Against the wishes of the majority of Village residents and the majority of NYU’s own faculty, the 2031 plan – named after the year it will be completed – will flatten green spaces, including a children’s playground and a community garden, to build almost the equivalent of the Empire State Building in square footage in the heart of the Village. The administration is keeping all the finances secret but it is an open secret that this plan, which will cost into the billions of dollars, will be paid for by student debt, and will be a catastrophe of noise, dust, and rats for years to come. Most people do not want this, with the exception of the university president, John Sexton, a CEO-style university president who makes over one million dollars per year (and has a guaranteed retirement package of $800,000 per year for life), and the real estate moguls who pull Sexton’s strings. This whole plan costs too much, burdens students, and disregards the will of the majority of the people it will affect.

Join us on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012 for a rally and march through the planned construction zone. That weekend NYU is planning a large alumni event and this will be a good time for students and teachers, Villagers and other New Yorkers, to let those alumni know what John Sexton has in store for Greenwich Village and NYU’s students, who upon graduation are already some of the most indebted in the nation.

This event is organized by All in the Red, an NYC-based activist collective focused on the precarious state of education in the United States.

For information about the 2031 plan, including its potential environmental impact, see the website of the faculty organization formed to fight it:

Also see the website of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation:

This event is endorsed by NYU Students and Alumni Against the Sexton Plan:

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