Night Out for Safety and Liberation

Every year, more than 30 million people in the US participate in neighborhood block parties as part of the National Night Out sponsored by the National Association of Neighborhood Watch.

National Night Out promotes “police-community” partnerships as the route to safer communities, but through Night Out for Safety and Liberation we are starting a different conversation about public safety—one that is less grounded in fear and punishment, and more focused on how we can build equality, power, opportunity, and prosperity in our communities.


Through planned actions, forums, block parties, and a social media campaign under the umbrella #SafetyIs, we challenge the very meaning of what public safety is and what it entails. 

For the past three years, the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights has hosted Night Out for Safety and Liberation in Oakland, organizing events where we highlight local initiatives to combat police violence and bring community members together to redefine public safety. 

In 2015, we collaborated with organizers in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and St. Louis to host Night Out for Safety and Liberation events across the country including community forums, rallies, vigils, and block parties. 



We provide art work, talking points, a social media guide, and other support to help your organization engage.

Will you join us in 2016 as we change the national conversation about what safety means for our communities?

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