Blog: FIERCE Frontlines

Campaign Updates 2009

OMG, Really!?!


Hey our fabulous people!


ELP3, the third cycle of FIERCE’s Education for Liberation Project, just finished and we had the honor of being campaign interns.


During our internship we recruited FIERCE members to the Campaign Steering Committee (CSC), which plans the direction, goals and structure of FIERCE campaigns; facilitated monthly CSC meetings; and co- facilitated the Halloween Party with ELP3 base building interns.  We completely FIERCE-ified our CSC shelf and made it more usable and helpful to CSC members, we created a new member orientation packet along with a facilitators guide, and we attended meetings that pertained to Our S.P.O.T. Campaign.


FIERCE Launches New National Program

This year, FIERCE launched a new national program to build more strategic avenues for increasing the political power of LGBTQ youth across the country and to address the gap in youth leadership within the broader LGBTQ movement


As part of the national program, we are excited to announce that FIERCE will be hosting the first-ever LGBTQ Youth of Color Organizing Summit at the Creating Change Conference in Dallas, Texas on February 3, 2010. 

FIERCE Frontlines: Winter 2009

Season's Greetings & Happy New Year

Welcome to the year-end edition of FIERCE Frontlines, the quarterly e-newsletter of FIERCE, a membership-led organization working to build the leadership and power of LGBTQ youth of color in New York City.


As this year comes to a close, we’d like to thank you for all the hard work, dedication and support you’ve given to help make 2009 one of our most successful, memorable and exciting years to date!   We look forward to keeping the momentum going into 2010, the year of our 10th Anniversary.

Base Building and Outreach Report for 2009

One of the things I love about being part of a member-led organization is that we can run multiple projects and major campaigns as long as members are passionate and involved. This is where Base-building and Outreach comes in.   


Building FIERCE’s membership base is the foundation of our work; without our members, we couldn’t run campaigns, create media or fundraise. 

Youth Development Program Picks Up Speed in 09

The Youth Development Program at FIERCE is a very important component of our work that has been recently incorporated into FIERCE’s organizing model. The Youth Development program functions to build and support members’ development of their wellness and sustainability in the organizing movement.


For the past couple of months, I have been co-organizing and participating in the youth development program at FIERCE as an Education for Liberation Project (ELP) 3 intern. Prior to ELP3, I participated in Youth Development activities and can say that the program is extremely necessary not just at FIERCE but in the social justice movement as a whole.

Education for Liberation Project Graduates the Largest Class in FIERCE History


“FIERCE is Fire! We are all fierce radicals with unique empowerment.”

-- Mr. Rane Bo, ELP2 Class of 2009
Since its inception in 2002, the Education for Liberation Project (ELP) has been the cornerstone of FIERCE’s leadership development work to build the power of LGBTQ youth of color.   In 2009, FIERCE members, staff and allies celebrated in a big way as we graduated the largest ELP classes in the history of the organization.  This year alone, over 27 members have moved through the program, which is a three-level, paid internship for new and active members.


Subverting the System to Support FIERCE
  • Wouldn’t it be awesome if there were a way to funnel money directly from the government treasury into FIERCE’s bank account? 
  • Is it possible to be radical while paying taxes?
  • Can a married straight couple be allies with LGBTQ youth? 


The answer to all three questions is a resounding, “Hell yeah!”  

Think you know the West Village?

Take a walk with FIERCE to test your knowledge, learn history, and support history in the making!
On Monday, August 10th, nearly 30 people gathered at FIERCE for our first-ever interactive West Village Walking Tour for Donors and Allies.  The evening was a huge success, bringing together active members, donors, allies, Board members, FIERCE alumni, and staff, to learn more about LGBTQ history in the West Village, particularly the often-forgotten contributions of LGBTQ people of color, and how gentrification has impacted the neighborhood over the years.  We shared personal anecdotes that enriched our living history, celebrated how far we’ve come and rallied around our continued fight for a West Village that is safe for all, 24 hours a day. 

FIERCE Hires New Communications Director

Welcome aboard, Manny!
FIERCE is excited to announce its newest staff member, Communications Director Ellen “Manny” Vaz.  Ellen is responsible for helping to carry out the organization’s communications strategy, media advocacy initiatives, and working with FIERCE members on independent media projects.   She will also be supporting FIERCE’s grassroots fundraising initiatives, including the annual Bowl-a-thon and Major Donor Campaign.