LGBTQ At Risk: Stop and Frisk Community Forum
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
LGBTQ At Risk: Stop and Frisk Community Forum
Why are LGBTQ people at risk of Stop and Frisk?
Are people in the LGBTQ community targeted more unfairly than other populations?
Join the new Bronx LGBTQ Center at this free panel discussion to address these and other issues surrounding stop and frisk policies, with special emphasis given to how stop and frisk is applied to and affects people of color.
A panel discussion will be held in Room 3/201 of the Guillermo Morales/Assata Shakur Student Activity Center in the North Academic Center (NAC) building of the City College of New York (CCNY-CUNY), located at 160 Convent Avenue between 136th & 137th Streets. For directions, please visit http://www.ccny.cuny.edu/about/directions.cfm
The panel will be moderated by Queennasira Asantewaa Sekou of the People’s Survival Program, a grassroots community formation and a project of the Safiya-Nuh Foundation/IFCO.
Andrea J. Ritchie, Esq. is a police misconduct attorney and organizer in New York City. She has engaged in extensive research, writing, speaking, litigation, organizing and advocacy on profiling, policing, and physical and sexual violence by law enforcement agents against women and LGBTQ people in the US and Canada over the past decade. She currently coordinates Streetwise & Safe (SAS), a leadership development initiative aimed at building knowledge, community and power among LGBTQ youth of color with experience of gender, race, sexuality and poverty-based policing and criminalization in the context of “quality of life” initiatives and the policing of sex work and trafficking. She proudly serves on the Board of Directors of the Young Women’s Empowerment Project (YWEP) and as a member of the Safe Outside the System Collective of the Audre Lorde Project.
Jerome L. Rice is the President at N.A.A.C.P CO-OP CITY BRANCH, Co-Founder of Black in Law Enforcement Alliance, Past President of Monroe College Toastmaster Club, Captain of the New York City Department of Correction, and First Sergeant of the New York City National Guard.
Shaka Shakur is a community organizer, instructor, Hip-Hop artist and Co-Founder of the People’s Survival Program. The People’s Survival Program is a grassroots community formation and a project of the Safiya-Nuh Foundation/IFCO. The PSP has provided Free Hot meals, Clothing, Medical Screenings, Political/Cultural Education, Housing/Homeless Assistance, Know Your Rights Classes, CPR/First Aid, Self-Defense & Certified Disaster Preparedness Training Classes/Workshops to the people of Harlem, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx.
Chad Young, Esq. is an accomplished personal injury trial lawyer who has negotiated large settlements and tried complex personal injury cases to jury verdict. A partner of Greenberg & Young, P.C., Mr. Young has represented victims of stop & frisk actions in civil lawsuits against the NYPD. He has been a tireless advocate for the elderly and victims of improper care in nursing facilities, as well as a staunch advocate of the LGBTQ communities. He is a member of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, and the board of directors of the new Bronx LGBTQ Center.
For more information about the forum, please contact the event organizer, Xi'an Glynn, at 347.766.1710
For information about the new Bronx LGBTQ Center, call 347-LGBT-BX1 or e-mail email@example.com.
When & Where
The LGBTQ Community Services Center of The Bronx, Inc.
The Bronx LGBTQ Center is a New York State membership-based not-for-profit corporation with 501(c)3 exempt status from the IRS building a new community services center for LGBTQ and supportive individuals in the Bronx, lower Westchester, and upper Manhattan. It offers supportive services (such as a free legal clinic, youth groups, and other support groups), social, recreational, business, artistic, and cultural events and programs. The Center partners with other community-based organizations to provide clinical and health-related services to the community. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 347-LGBT-BX1, or visit us online at http://bronxlgbtqcenter.org, on Facebook at http://facebook.com/bronxlgbtqcenter, on Google+ at http://google.com/+BronxlgbtqcenterOrg, on Twitter at @BxLGBTQcenter, and on Instagram at @BxLGBTQcenter.
We are diligently working toward raising the funds necessary to secure an operating space and begin serving the needs of our communities within The Bronx and surrounding areas. The monies raised by our events will be used in furtherance of our mission, which is stated in the first paragraph.
We are actively seeking people interested in helping us serve the community and need as much help as possible. Please contact our volunteer coordinator at email@example.com if you'd like to help out, or call (347) 954-9056.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q. WHO IS GETTING THE MONEY?
A. The money goes to the new Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) Community Services Center of the Bronx, Incorporated (d/b/a Bronx LGBTQ Center), the corporate entity that was formed in order to set up and operate the new community services center in The Bronx. All funds will be used in furtherance of the Bronx LGBTQ Center's mission. We will comply with all local, state, and federal laws ensuring accountability. We operate in an open and transparent manner (our board meetings are broadcast live on the Internet and archived on YouTube for anyone to see at any given time.
Q. IS THE CENTER REGISTERED?
A. Yes, we are a incorporated as a membership-based New York State Not-For-Profit corporation with 501(c)3 tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service. We also are registered with the NYS Charities Bureau, governed by all the applicable laws of such non-profit organizations operating in New York State.
Q. WHAT IS YOUR MISSION/PURPOSE?
A. The purpose of the Bronx LGBTQ Center is to provide a safe space for all Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) and LGBTQ, supportive individuals in The Bronx and surrounding areas (upper Manhattan, lower Westchester County); to meet, gather, socialize and receive support and services; to provide a safe space for other, licensed organizations to provide support and services to LGBTQ and LGBTQ-supportive individuals, to do everything normally associated with a community services organization, and for any other lawful, charitable purpose(s) in accordance with the provisions of these Articles of Incorporation and the By-Laws of the Corporation in which the Members and/or Board of Directors of the Corporation so elect.
Q. WHY IS THERE NO SPACE?
A. We are a new organization currently in the midst of raising the funds required to open in a new space, which as describe above requires between $100-$250k.
Q. HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED/HELP OUT?
A. Contact us here on this page (send us a message), e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (347) LGBT-BX-1.
Q. WHAT'S THIS ABOUT MEMBERSHIPS?
A. The new Bronx LGBTQ Center is a membership-based organization. Individuals and Families can purchase an annual membership in the Center, which gives them the right to vote during annual membership meetings and raise member items, very similar to how a shareholder votes for the board of directors and can create a shareholder derivative action in publicly-traded companies.
Additionally, New York State law allows for organizations, businesses, and corporations to purchase an annual membership. More information about Memberships, pricing, types, levels, and amounts will be forthcoming in the next few weeks.
Q. WHY ARE TICKETS SO EXPENSIVE?
A. These expensive events are fundraisers, not just a party for everyone to attend. In order to raise the monies required to build and operate a new community services center that will serve the needs of the LGBTQ community, we need money to cover all of our expenses and also to ensure our operational survival.
It will take approximately $100,000 - $250,000 to open and fund a new center for one year. That is the amount of money we need to raise before opening in a new space. This does not include any payments to employees; it is just for rent, utilities, equipment, and other expenses in beginning to provide services to the community, all of which are additional expenses that must be paid as well.