The New York High School Student Union operated in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
The NY Union worked with hundreds of students statewide to create a list of ten demands for schools.
- No suspensions, involuntary transfers, exclusion from classes, detention, harassment of students. Due process for students.
- No cops in schools, no narcos, security guards, plain clothesmen, informers.
- No program cards, hall checks, ID’s, passes.
- An end to commercial and general diplomas, one diploma for every student upon graduation.
- Open admissions to colleges, a college education free for everyone who wants one.
- Jobs and housing for every student who wants them on graduating, dropping out, or leaving home. The army is not a decent job.
- No military recruiting in schools, no military assemblies, literature, no sending names to draft boards or recruiters. An immediate end to the draft.
- Black and Latin departments controlled by Black and Latin students.
- Community control of the schools and every other community facility. Students are part of the community.
- POWER! Student control of curriculum, publications, assemblies, clubs, student government, dress, etc. The right to organize politically.
- We support the fifteen points of the Black and Puerto Rican Citywide HS Council.
- New York High School Free Press (an underground newspaper), No. 8, reprinted in Birmingham, J. (1970) Our Time Is Now: Notes from the High School Underground. New York: Praeger. p 178.