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.
Analysis & Reflections | Chey Rosado | Monday October 8, 2012 4:23
On September 26th, 2012, I had the opportunity to participate in FIERCE’s first webinar alongside two other active members Ana, My, and one of the Co-Directors Krystal Portalatin. With the amazing support of Rusia Mohiuddin during this webinar, we spoke about our soon-to-be released toolkit, our leadership development model, and the different leadership development programs that we offer here at FIERCE such as the Education for Liberation Project (ELP).
Turning Back the Clock:
Private Development is Still Not an Acceptable Solution for Pier 40
Analysis & Reflections | Krystal Portalatin | Wednesday July 11, 2012 3:07
On Tuesday, June 12 at 7pm, I walked into the Community Board 2 Waterfront Committee meeting expecting to see a room full of at least 100 or more concerned residents, business owners, community members, youth organizations and elected officials. I was shocked and dismayed see only about 40 faces. The topic at hand: a public hearing about the Hudson River Park Trust’s interest in opening the Hudson River Park Act to allow for changes that would enable the Trust to do such things as issue bonds, pursue mixed-use development, and to offer extended leases with the hopes of generating income for the park. Only a few short years ago, this was a topic that generated passionate opposition from West Village community members, who organized a united front to stop mega-private-development from reeking havoc on the park and community.
LGBTQ youth of color interrogate equality and how we create change
Analysis & Reflections | FIERCE Guest Blogs for Task Force Blog | Tuesday March 20, 2012 5:16
This year, FIERCE attended the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s Creating Change Conference in Baltimore, MD. Not newcomers to the conference, FIERCE has maintained a consistent presence for over six years, striving to create space and build capacity for LGBTQ youth-led community organizing.
My Creating Change Experience 2012
Analysis & Reflections | Karen Hall | Wednesday February 29, 2012 7:05
I have so much to say that I don’t even know where to start! Creating change was epic and the high light of my 17-year-old life! I remember looking at myself in the hotel room mirror and wondering if my mom was going to notice a change in my physical appearance from my experience and growth in wisdom that had occurred during that week. There were many factors that contributed to that feeling and the biggest one was for the first time in my life I was treated like an adult and was seen as an equal to members and staff of FIERCE who were significantly older than me.