On May 2, 2011, the Board of Trustees  of the City University of New York (CUNY), at their monthly public meeting, voted to remove (by tabling to avoid debate) Kushner's name from the list of people invited to receive honorary degrees, based on a statement by trustee Jeffrey S. Wiesenfeld about Kushner's purported statements and beliefs about Zionism and Israel.   In response, the CUNY Graduate Center Advocate began a live blog on the "Kushner Crisis" situation, including news coverage and statements of support from faculty and academics.  Three days later, CUNY issued a public statement that the Board is independent.  On May 6, three previous honorees stated they intended to return their degrees: Barbara Ehrenreich , Michael Cunningham and Ellen Schrecker .  Wiesenfeld has said that if Kushner would renounce his anti-Israel statements in front of the board of trustees, he would be willing to vote for him.  The same day, the board of trustees moved to reverse its decision.