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Last updated: May 25, 2005

COMMUNITY NEWS

FIERCE members, allies, and supporters -

Thanks again to the 250 people that turned out on Thursday, March 23rd for the Community Board 2 meeting on the Christopher Street Pier closing time. For almost 6 months we have been mobilizing and testifying at these hearings, each time increasing our numbers significantly. As a result of our big numbers and well prepared testimony from members and allies, we have some major victories to claim! Below are just a few of the victories we have secured because of your support. It’s scary to think of what kind of proposals would have been passed if we weren’t organized.

stopped an earlier Pier closing time (there were proposals for 10pm and 11pm)
stopped a proposal to barricade Christopher St. at 1am when the Pier closes trying for force LGBT youth to walk up to 14th St. or Houston St. to get to the train
stopped a proposal that would push LGBT youth of color up to Pier 54  to hang out instead of the Christopher St. Pier (off 14th St. which is run down and by a bunch of garbage)
the bathrooms on the Pier will stay open until 1am (they typically close at 8pm)
affordable food vendors on the Pier (they don’t have vendors at night at all and the ones during the day are very expensive. FIERCE is working collaborating with other LGBT youth service orgs to do the vending on the Pier)
mobile service vans will be allowed to actually park on the Pier to provide critical services like HIV testing, housing referrals, and medical check ups. (they haven’t been allowed to park on the Pier ever)
over the past 6 months we have been able to mobilize close to 1000 members and allies to Community Board 2 meetings
over the past year, FIERCE has tripled our membership base

While we won many of things in our proposal to Community Board 2, the Pier closing time is still at 1am for the next 2 months. An evaluation will happen in June by a “Pier 45 Taskforce” that will now decide next steps regarding the Pier closing time. FIERCE will be a member of this taskforce, which is another victory for us. Staring in April – June we will be increasing our outreach hours to get more folks that hang out on the Pier and Christopher St. to get involved in this political process to preserve public space for all people to enjoy, regardless of whether or not they can afford to live in the West Village. This is good for us because it condenses the discussion on the Pier closing time into a smaller taskforce instead of a huge community board process. Our goal is to have the Pier closing time extended to 4am after the 2 month evaluation in June, which is right on track with our campaign timeline. We will keep everyone updated on this process.

Thanks to the over 20 organizations that endorsed the letter in support of FIERCE’s 4am Pier closing time proposal, to all the allies and members that held it down on our security teams the past several months, and to all the members and allies that prepared such great public testimony in support of our work.

All the media coverage from 3/23 will be posted here soon: <http://www.fiercenyc.org/about_fierce/press.html>http://www.fiercenyc.org/about_fierce/press.html

FINALLY, please don’t forget about our CAMPAIGN VICTORY CELEBRATION AND ORGANIZERS IN TRAINING (OIT) GRADUATION this Friday, March 31st from 7 - 1030 pm at the LGBT Center (Room 301). This celebration is open to all FIERCE members and allies. We want to thank you for all your support over food and dancing. We really hope you can make it! Please pass on the invite to all members and allies.

Take care,
Rickke
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COMMUNITY NEWS

FIERCE members, allies, and supporters -

Thanks again to the 250 people that turned out on Thursday, March 23rd for the Community Board 2 meeting on the Christopher Street Pier closing time. For almost 6 months we have been mobilizing and testifying at these hearings, each time increasing our numbers significantly. As a result of our big numbers and well prepared testimony from members and allies, we have some major victories to claim! Below are just a few of the victories we have secured because of your support. It’s scary to think of what kind of proposals would have been passed if we weren’t organized.

stopped an earlier Pier closing time (there were proposals for 10pm and 11pm)
stopped a proposal to barricade Christopher St. at 1am when the Pier closes trying for force LGBT youth to walk up to 14th St. or Houston St. to get to the train
stopped a proposal that would push LGBT youth of color up to Pier 54  to hang out instead of the Christopher St. Pier (off 14th St. which is run down and by a bunch of garbage)
the bathrooms on the Pier will stay open until 1am (they typically close at 8pm)
affordable food vendors on the Pier (they don’t have vendors at night at all and the ones during the day are very expensive. FIERCE is working collaborating with other LGBT youth service orgs to do the vending on the Pier)
mobile service vans will be allowed to actually park on the Pier to provide critical services like HIV testing, housing referrals, and medical check ups. (they haven’t been allowed to park on the Pier ever)
over the past 6 months we have been able to mobilize close to 1000 members and allies to Community Board 2 meetings
over the past year, FIERCE has tripled our membership base

While we won many of things in our proposal to Community Board 2, the Pier closing time is still at 1am for the next 2 months. An evaluation will happen in June by a “Pier 45 Taskforce” that will now decide next steps regarding the Pier closing time. FIERCE will be a member of this taskforce, which is another victory for us. Staring in April – June we will be increasing our outreach hours to get more folks that hang out on the Pier and Christopher St. to get involved in this political process to preserve public space for all people to enjoy, regardless of whether or not they can afford to live in the West Village. This is good for us because it condenses the discussion on the Pier closing time into a smaller taskforce instead of a huge community board process. Our goal is to have the Pier closing time extended to 4am after the 2 month evaluation in June, which is right on track with our campaign timeline. We will keep everyone updated on this process.

Thanks to the over 20 organizations that endorsed the letter in support of FIERCE’s 4am Pier closing time proposal, to all the allies and members that held it down on our security teams the past several months, and to all the members and allies that prepared such great public testimony in support of our work.

All the media coverage from 3/23 will be posted here soon: <http://www.fiercenyc.org/about_fierce/press.html>http://www.fiercenyc.org/about_fierce/press.html

FINALLY, please don’t forget about our CAMPAIGN VICTORY CELEBRATION AND ORGANIZERS IN TRAINING (OIT) GRADUATION this Friday, March 31st from 7 - 1030 pm at the LGBT Center (Room 301). This celebration is open to all FIERCE members and allies. We want to thank you for all your support over food and dancing. We really hope you can make it! Please pass on the invite to all members and allies.

Take care,
Rickke
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