Blog: Community FYIs

Justice Committee: Statement In Solidarity with the Family of Kimani "Kiki" Gray and the East Flatbush Community

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.

Community Love in a Time of Need

Post-Hurricane Sandy Update from FIERCE

Hi FIERCE Members, Supporters and Allies:

We hope this email finds you safe after Hurricane Sandy hit our city and region in such a big way.

As community organizers who intersect a lot of very marginalized communities, we know that our friends, families and communities are particularly vulnerable after natural disasters.  We recognize how this storm has impacted our communities- some of us lost power and heat, some of our homes have sustained damage or been destroyed entirely, and many people have been without access to services that we depend on. As a community that deals with homelessness on a daily basis, the impacts of this are particularly devastating. For example, we were notified that the Ali Forney Drop in Center in Chelsea is completely destroyed and will not re-open in the immediate future.  We recognize this is a resource for many queer and trans youth in NYC and mourn this loss. 

FIERCE Announces New Co-Directors!

FIERCE Welcomes New Leadership & Gears Up For Growth Ahead

The FIERCE Board of Directors is excited to announce the selection of two Co-Directors, Krystal Portalatin and Jai Dulani, to lead the organization.

 

“After an internal assessment, we made an organizational decision to move back to a Co-Director model, a structure we had from 2006 to 2007,” stated Yasmeen Perez, FIERCE’s outgoing Interim Director.  “We are excited to move forward with a shared leadership model that will allow for more sustainability and provide greater capacity to the organization.”

FIERCE Host Youth Organizing 101 Workshop at Creating Change

FIERCE travels to Minnesota for the 2011 Creating Change Conference!


FIERCE is excited to be participating in this year's Creating Change Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. You can catch FIERCE members and staff in action at the following events:

 

Friday Night Caucus - 6:30pm

Fabulous & Empowered: A Presentation of FIERCE’s Organizing Tool Kit and other Youth Organizing Models


Saturday Session - 9am

Youth Organizing 101 Workshop
Are you an LGBTQ youth of color looking to gain some knowledge on organizing? Then this workshop is for you!

 

Saturday Evening Fundraiser - 9pm

We'll also be going to the Dirty Queer Show III, a fundraiser for TYSN (Trans Youth Support Network) and FIERCE!