Safety Begins & Ends with Us: A Collective Response to Violence
Analysis & Reflections | FIERCE, Audre Lorde Project, and Streetwise & Safe | Friday July 12, 2013 5:54
Friday, July 12, 2013
Dear New York City,
As pride month ends we want to remember and mourn the recent waves of hate violence and police violence across New York City, from the West Village to the 79th precinct in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn. With history as a guide, we expect hate violence against our communities to increase in response to the recent LGBT victories. The hate violence and police violence that has occurred raises the question: How are we creating mechanisms of response, safety, and accountability, within our communities that do not further criminalize or police our collective bodies? Increased policing does not create safety for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two-Spirit, Transgender, Gender Non Conforming, and Queer (LGBTSTGNCQ) people, especially when Trans and Gender Non-Conforming people, Youth, and People of Color (POC) are among the communities often targeted and harassed by police.
Justice Committee: Statement In Solidarity with the Family of Kimani "Kiki" Gray and the East Flatbush Community
Community FYIs | Justice Committee | Friday March 22, 2013 4:42
The killing of 16-year-old Kimani “Kiki” Gray is a terrible tragedy on a long list of injustices perpetrated by the New York Police Department (NYPD). The Justice Committee sends love, strength and solidarity to his family, friends and community. We echo Kimani’s community’s calls for an independent investigation into his death and the indictment of the officers who killed him.
We are deeply troubled by the fact that eyewitness accounts tell an entirely different story than the one put out by the NYPD. Sadly, we are not surprised. In so many other cases the same has happened. The NYPD puts out their side of the story, painting themselves as heroes and criminalizing our loved ones and later on witnesses, discovery and/or civil suit testimonies prove otherwise. The cases of Malcolm Ferguson and Ramarley Graham are just two examples. Too often media outlets and Commissioner Ray Kelly imply that those killed by his officers were criminals; they had records, were suspected of being involved in a street organization, or were in possession of weapons or contraband. Even if these accusations were to be true, they do not warrant the death penalty. In spite of what their actions would suggest, the police are supposed to uphold the law. They are not supposed to act as our loved ones’ judge, jury and executioner.
FIERCE Workshop at Creating Change 2013
Bringing Youth-Led 'Fun'-rasing Training!
Featured Events | FIERCE | Friday January 25, 2013 6:39
FIERCE is at National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change in Atlanta! We're excited to be bringing you our Youth-Led Grassroots "Fun"-raising!
Check it out on Saturday! Workshop Session 8 from 4:45-6:15pm!
Connecting Our Roots
An update on FIERCE's National Program
Program Updates | Ana Conner, FIERCE National Fellow | Tuesday November 20, 2012 8:25
In 2009, FIERCE launched our National Program with a LGBTQ Youth of Color Organizing Summit in Dallas, TX and the release of Coming Out, Stepping Up, which highlighted the needs of LGBTQ youth—as identified by LGBTQ youth. The report spoke to the voices and issues largely left unheard in the mainstream LGBT agenda and provided solutions and recommendations on how to tackle these issues through LGBTQ youth-led organizing.
FIERCE’s national program is centered around supporting LGBTQ youth organizing as a strategy for creating change and developing LGBTQ youth leaders in broader social justice movements. This year, we have made important strides in this work.
Wanna be in a FIERCE Zine?
Call for Submissions
FIERCE E-Zine: an online publication by FIERCE Media Crew | Mackenzie | Friday November 16, 2012 6:09
Submit your work to be featured in a collective FIERCE zine!
As the Media intern, I (Mackenzie) am starting an exciting project to make a FIERCE zine made up of submissions from FIERCE members and other LGBTQ youth of color.
What's a zine?
A zine is a small circulation self-published work of original and/or appropriated (taken for one's own use, often without permission) texts and images usually reproduced via photocopier.
This FIERCE zine will be a print publication (also available online) by LGBTQ youth of color, for LGBTQ youth of color- both within and outside of NYC. This zine will highlight FIERCE's work, stories and reflections from LGBTQ youth of color about their experiences, resources for queer and trans youth, and photography, art, and poetry.
This is a great opportunity to share your experiences as an LGBTQ youth of color!
The deadline to submit is November 30th.
For more info on content guidelines and how to submit, send me an email.
I'm excited to see what ya'll send in!