CUNY students, faculty and staff joined other
defenders of democratic rights in chanting "Miguel
Malo es inocente," "Todos somos Miguel" (We are all
Miguel) and holding signs that included a 22-person
line of placards spelling out M-I-G-U-E-L M-A-L-O
I-S I-N-N-O-C-E-N-T. Miguel, released on bail last
night, had to report to the parole department this
morning but was able to make it to the last part of
the rally.

Media included New York 1 en espanol (which is showing
footage of the event right now), WBAI, El Diario, NY
Indypendent, PSC Clarion and others. Among speakers
were Hostos professors Gerald Meyers and Henry
Lesnick, City College professor Bill Crain, City
College staff member Carol Lang (arrested after an
antiwar protest at CCNY), a rousing Jose Laguarta from
AELLA (Latino and Latin American Students
Association), representatives from CCNY SLAM,
Internationalist Group, Socialist Alternative, League
for the Revolutionary Party, organizers of CUNY Action
to Defend Miguel Malo, Ron McGuire and others.

Students and faculty attended from Hostos, Hunter, the
Graduate Center, CCNY, Bronx Community College, John
Jay and elsewhere, together with members of the
Professional Staff Congress, immigrant workers' rights
activists and others.

Speakers expressed indignation at the vindictive
prosecution getting bail imposed -- which is extremely
unusual in this kind of case -- the threat of jail
time being imposed, and the attempt by the DA's office
and CUNY administration to create an atmosphere of
intimidation. Many of those attending remarked that
they were struck by the turnout and the crowd's
determination to defeat this attack on everyone's
rights.

Petitions were distributed so that people can get
large numbers of signatures on their campuses -- we
have plenty of these for everyone, so get yours!
Information was also handed out on how people can make
contributions to Miguel's defense (which will continue
to be crucial given plans to appeal).

To contact CUNY Action to Defend Miguel Malo: office
(212) 460-0983, cell phone (917) 520-5368.