FIERCE Hosts District 3 City Council Debate to Address Concerns of LGBTQ Youth& West Village Community

Debate to cover topics of Policing & Safety, Social Services, Neighborhood Development and Community Decision Making Power

August 20, 2013


Manny Vaz: 646-336-6789, ext. 209,

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.

Debate topics include, but are not limited to:

  • NYPD policing tactics in the West Village, including stop & frisk
  • Addressing homelessness and safety concerns of LGBTQ youth, who make up at least 40% of the homeless youth population in New York City
  • Access to social services in the community, particularly for youth and senior citizens
  • Communitydecisionmaking powerin neighborhood development projects

District 3 City Council Debate sponsored by: Ali Forney Center, Global Action Project, St. John’s Lutheran Church, and Streetwise & Safe.

WHO: Interview opportunities with the following:

  • Corey Johnson, City Council Candidate, 3rd District
  • Yetta Kurland, City Council Candidate, 3rd District
  • John Blasco, Lead Organizer, FIERCE
  • Rev. Mark E. Erson, St. John’s Lutheran Church

Thursday, August 22, 2013
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

St. John’s Lutheran Church
83 Christopher Street
New York, NY

WHY: For over 44 years, LGBTQ youth have been part of the West Village, claiming Christopher St. and the piers
as their safe space.  Since 2000, FIERCE has been organizing to ensure LGBTQ youth of color remain a vital West Village stakeholder group, bringing LGBTQ youth voices to the decision making table. FIERCE organizes campaigns that meet the needs of LGBTQ youth, while strengthening community relations between youth, residents and businesses.

Media RSVP to Manny Vaz at 646-336-6789 ext. 209 or
For more information about FIERCE, visit,

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