New York, NY – The instigators behind the massive anti-cop subway fare protest in New York City on Jan. 31 are professors at New York University and the University of Buffalo.
The antifa group Decolonize This Place launched a social media campaign encouraging disruptive demonstrations in the New York City transit system on Jan. 31 as a reaction to the swearing in of 500 new subway cops who were sworn into the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) earlier in the month.
“The streets are ours. The trains our ours. The walls are ours. This moment is ours. How will you and your crew build and f–k shit up for #FTP3 on #J31 (THIS FRIDAY)? Issa mothaf–kin’ movement,”
Campus Reform recently reported that Decolonize This Place, the group behind the violent protests, was founded in 2016 by New York University (NYU) Professor Amin Husain and University of Buffalo Professor Nitasha Dhillon.
NYU’s website said that Husain teaches a class on militant activism at the university, the New York Post reported.
Husain and Dhillon were both actively involved in the Occupy Wall Street movement.
In 2012, Husain spoke at an Al-Quds Day celebration in New York City and said he was from Palestine and had fought to free Gaza.
He talked about throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails at Israeli settlers and said that he’d moved to the United States for an American Dream that didn’t exist.
Husain talked about the same sort of violent uprisings in 2016 at a Pro-Palestinian rally in Times Square, the New York Post reported.
The Decolonize This Place website features revolutionary manuals and a diagram that explains how to “How to Shut Down the City.”
The guides discuss how to overpower an opponent and have thought bubbles with the words “nails,” “glass bottles,” and “masks,” the New York Post reported.
“For us, decolonization necessitates abolition,” the Decolonize This Place website explained. “But what does abolition demand? Not only does it demand the abolition of prisons and police, bosses and borders, but as Fred Moten and Stefano Harney write, it’s the abolition of a society that could have prisons, that could have slavery, that could have the wage, and therefore not abolition as the elimination of anything but abolition as the founding of a new society.”
Husain led a protest in 2018 and 2019 that forced the resignation of a board member of the Whitney Museum of American Art after it was revealed that a company he owned manufactured the tear gas being used at the U.S.-Mexico border, the New York Post reported.
The NYU professor uses movements such as Occupy Wall Street and the Direct Action Front for Palestine as case studies for the course he teaches at NYU.
NYU appeared not to want a close association with Husain, the New York Post reported.
“Our records reflect that he is one of the thousands of part-time faculty that are hired each year by schools and academic departments,” NYU Spokesman John Beckman said when asked about the militant instructor.
Husain’s contact information was removed from the NYU website shortly after the New York Post contacted the university for comment.
The New York Post also reported that Husain had recently scrubbed his Twitter account and removed any references to his role in the incident on Jan. 31.