Press Releases, Media Advisories and Statements
Wake Up, Rise Up Statement with ALP, AVP, SRLP, SAS, & GRIOT Circle
Wake Up, Rise Up!
To those we have lost to police brutality: Eleanor Bumpurs, Tyisha Miller, LaTanya Haggerty, Tanesha Anderson, Aura Rosser, Amadou Diallo, Sean Bell, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin . . .
Debate to cover topics of Policing & Safety, Social Services, Neighborhood Development and Community Decision Making PowerTuesday, August 20, 2013
WHAT: FIERCE, a community-based organization dedicated to building the leadership and power of lesbian,gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth of colorin NYC will host a District 3 City Council Debate for LGBTQ youth and West Village residents and business.
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.
Connect Our Roots Summit to highlight organizing strategies and tactics to address homelessness, police violence and diminishing services for LGBTQ YouthMonday, February 11, 2013
“As LGBTQ youth of color, we stand at the intersections of many identities and issues. We are queer and trans. We are people of color. We are immigrants. We are from low-income families. Tomake meaningful, lasting change, we must organize a movement where those of us who are most directly impacted by the issues are at the heart of leadership!” -- Ana Conner, FIERCE National Fellow, age 20
Ball expected to draw hundreds of youth to address issues such as racial profiling, stop & frisk, and police violence while reclaiming public space for LGBTQ youth of color.Wednesday, August 8, 2012
WHAT: FIERCE, a youth‐led organization building the leadership and power of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth of color in NYC, the Kiki Coalition and Friends of Hudson River Park proudly present the Know Your Rights Ball on Pier 46 this Saturday, August 11, 2012.
For the past four years, FIERCE has organized a youth‐led ball on the pier—a major victory in FIERCE’s Safe Space Saves Lives Campaign to ensure safe public space for LGBTQ youth of color in a continuously gentrified and heavily policed West Village.