FIERCE will hold a press conference at 10am to highlight the unjust context in which they were arrested and held.
Today FIERCE participated in a non-violent action at the Future of New York conference organized by the city's business sector. They were meeting today to create policy recommendations geared towards "strengthening the city's economy." We came, along with other grassroots organizations across the city, to say that the people of New York (queer and trans youth, homeless, workers, immigrants...) were being left out of this very important conversation. No, we weren't invited but we went anyways to deliver a letter to our mayor so that we set up a meeting with him and share with him some policy recommendations that actually reflect community priorities for the city's economic future.
Unfortunately, eight organizers (one from FIERCE) were arrested at the Grand Hyatt hotel where the conference was held. They are currently being charged with criminal trespassing and disorderly conduct. They are being held at the Midtown South precinct and are being moved to Manhattan Central Booking in the morning to be arraigned.
We are calling for all community members to mobilize out the arraignment to show community solidarity across New York City and also to stress that DEMOCRACY is NOT DISORDERLY CONDUCT.
Here are the details as FIERCE knows them now:
MEET AT 100 CENTRE STREET as early as 8am. (we don't know for sure when they will be processed...but we'll be there hot chocolate and all...)
You can take the 4/5 to Brooklyn Bridge, City Hall. Or J/M/Z/Q/R/W/N/6 to Canal (take the Centre street exit).
The court opens at 8am and there is no set schedule to when they will all be arraigned. Right to the City and FIERCE will be there at 8am and stay there until all of the eight organizers are processed.
If you have questions call: Glo 718.207.3980
Thanks for all of the support you have shown
When: Wednesday, February 4, 2009 8:00am
Where: @ AT 100 CENTRE STREET 4/5 to Brooklyn Bridge, City Hall. Or J/M/Z/Q/R/W/N/6 to Canal (take the Centre street exit)