EVENTS

Night Out for Safety and Liberation (NOSL) is an annual event, which happens on the first Tuesday of August. On August 1st, 2017 organizations across the country hosted events where community members redefined what public safety means to them.

Events include block parties, rallies, teach-ins, and other community gatherings where people come together to talk about what safety means to them, and how to build it together. Too often, conversations about safety revolve around policing and punishment, but on NOSL we are starting a different conversation about what #SafetyIs— —one that is focused on how we can build equity, power, and opportunity in our communities.

See below to read more about the events that happened in 2017. 

Arizona

Phoenix

Organization: Center for Neighborhood Leadership, in collaboration with Justice That Works, Remain, Reclaim, Reimagine
Where: Sierra Vista Elementary School, 6401 S 16th St, Pheonix AZ 85042
When: Tuesday, August 1; 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. 
What: Storytelling event about community resiliency and power. This event will be in South Phoenix, in the neighborhood with most incarcerated people in our state. People will share stories, art, music, etc to express our stories of survival, of resilience in interaction with law enforcement. We will have activities for children and child care. We'll also have food and music. A local radio station will record stories to be broadcasted in future shows. Note: This event will be in South Phoenix, in the neighborhood with most incarcerated people in our state. 

Organization: Trans Queer Pueblo
Where: 1726 E Roosevelt St. Phoenix AZ 85006
When: Tuesday, August 1; 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. 
What: A gathering of mostly undocumented queer and trans people of color. We will share food, laughter, and stories as we engage in conversation about what safety looks like for our communities, at the intersection of racial, gender and immigration injustice. As people who face violence, we will consider how to create safety both from the state and without the state. 

California

Oakland

Organization: Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
Where: DeFremery Park, 1651 Adeline St., Oakland, CA
When: Tuesday, August 1; 5:00-8:00 pm
What: Community block party with music, performances, food, games for kids, and activities for community members to learn more about each other. 

Richmond

Organization: RYSE Youth Center
Where: 205 41st St., Richmond, CA
When: Tuesday, August 1; 4:30-7:00pm 
What: Enjoy food, activities for youth and families, community resources, and youth film screenings. 

Sacramento

Organization: Sol Collective
Where: 2574 21st St., Sacramento, CA 95818
When: Tuesday, August 1 
What: Art and culture can be used as tools to activate/motivate people to approach, interact, understand, and coexist with their neighbors. Sol Collective plans on holding an evening of performances, hands-on activities and networking to encourage neighbors to come together around creating a safe community. The event will be held at Sol Collective Arts & Cultural center at the intersection of 4 very diverse neighborhoods and will encourage interaction between a wide group of residents..

Stockton

Organization: Fathers and Families of San Joaquin in Stockton and Reinvent South Stockton
Where: 328 South Sutter St. Stockton CA
When: Tuesday, August 1; 5:00 pm
What: Join us for our Night Out for Safety and Liberation Block Party with entertainment, food, and free school supplies for the upcoming school year. 

District of Columbia

Washington

Organization: Movement for Black Lives DC; BYP100 DC, Black Lives Matter DC, PACA, STPTP, BIN DC, L4BL, API Resistance, SURJ DC
Where: Covenant Baptist Church, 38445 S Capitol St. SW, Washington, DC 20032 
When: Tuesday, August 1; 6:00-10:00 pm 
What: Community gathering with joy-centered spaces, healing, art builds, political education, and music. 

Illinois

Chicago

Organization: Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation (SOUL)

Where: Jubilee Faith Community Church; 17450 Crawford Ave, Country Club Hills, IL
When: Tuesday, August 1; 4:00 p.m.
What: Safe communities are important to all of us - so it's time for us to redefine what #SafetyIs. #SafetyIs having a living wage job, healthy food, healthcare, housing, education and more. Join us for outdoor celebration and worship as we gather together in fellowship to envision a healthy future for our communities. Free food, music, kids activities, workshops and more! Free admission but you must register to attend. Register at bit.ly/SOULNOSL2017 or call (773) 280-5290.

Florida

Jacksonville

Organization: New Florida Majority
Where: Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, 2036 Silver Street. Jacksonville, FL 32206
When: Tuesday, August 1; 6:00-8:00 p.m.
What: Redefining safety through art, conversation, and food. 

Louisiana

New Orleans

Organization: BreakOUT!
Where: 1001 S Broad Ave, New Orleans, LA 70125
When: Tuesday, August 1; 6:00-8:00 p.m.
What: A gathering of LGBTQ young (13-25y/o) Black folx and people of color, to discuss reinvestment of our cities resources, currently poured into prisons and policing, into our communities as a strategy to keep us safe!

Michigan

Detroit

Organization: Restaurant Opportunities Centers United-Michigan
Where: Marygrove College, 8425 W. McNichols, Detroit
When: Tuesday, August 1; 5:30-9 p.m.
What: Community event on campus grounds with food, music, spoken word, the visual arts, and small group breakout sessions on topics that represent what safety and liberation means. There will also be onsite childcare and activities for children of all ages.

Minnesota

Minneapolis

Organization: The Link
Where: 1931 W. Broadway Ave. Mpls, MN 55411
When: Tuesday, August 1; 4:00-8:00 p.m. 
What: Block Party at The Link's Lindquist Apartments featuring fun activities for adults and kids, food, and opportunities for conversation about what safety would mean to our community.  At The Link, we believe that #SafetyIs accessible housing, basic needs being met, freedom from barriers as a result of the justice system, and a life without sexual exploitation. 

Organization: Justice 4 All
Where: Freedom Square - Northside, 2034 West Broadway Ave N, MN 55411
When: Tuesday, August 1; 5:00-8:00 p.m.
What: Community gathering at Freedom Square in north Minneapolis. Join us for food, entertainment, and discussion on how we can build safety together in our community.

Missouri

St. Louis

 

Organization: Organizing for Black Struggle
Where: Rowan Community Center: 1401 Rowan Ave St. Louis MO 63112 
When: Tuesday, August 1; 6-10 pm
What: For the third straight year OBS will have its Night Out for Safety and Liberation block party. There will be video of residence letting us know what Public Safety means to them. We will have organizations sharing their information about the work they do. There will also be a bounce house, barbecue, snow cones, and Alive DJ.

New Jersey

Vineland

Organization: Renewed Minds and Justice for Families
Where: TBA
When: Tuesday, August 1
What: TBA 

New York

New York

Organization: Enlace, in collaboration with the New York Worker Center Federation/ Freedom Cities
Where: Brook Park, Bronx NYC [Trains: take the 6 train to Brook Ave] for more information please contact Cindy@enlaceintl.org
When: Tuesday, August 1; 4:30 pm
What: As NYPD prepares for their night out against crime we prepare for Night Out for Safety and Liberation. This NOSL we will rally against the rampant police brutality and the precincts responsible for the racist murder of Black and Brown people. Freedom Cities NYC will be coordinating with multiple community organizations linking police brutality to the rampant gentrification of the Bronx and the hyper-criminalization of Black and Brown people. It is important that our communities redefine what safety means to use and instead of the imposed and forced term of safety being law enforcement. For more information visit the event page here

North Carolina

Durham

Organization: Spirithouse, in collaboration with All of Us or None
Where: Twin Lakes Park
When: Tuesday, August 1; 6:00 - 8:00 pm
What: Join us for an organizational cookout! There will be great food and conversation. 

Ohio

Akron

Organization: Ohio Organizing Collaborative
Where: Akron: 482 S. Arlington Street
When: Tuesday, August 1; 5:30-8:00 pm
What: Hurting People Hungering to be Healed. Purpose: To change the narrative around what #SafetyIs. The common narrative is that in order to be tough on crime people have to be punished. What we have found out is that prison doesn't rehabilitate folks and having more law enforcement doesn't keep us or make us feel safe in our communities. Night Out For Safety & Liberation is focused on redefining what #SafetyIs and what keeps us safe. 

Organization: Ohio Organizing Collaborative
Where: Cleveland: Knenemu Lighthouse, 966 E 105th st
When: Tuesday, August 1; 5:00-7:00 pm
What: Hurting People Hungering to be Healed. Purpose: To change the narrative around what #SafetyIs. The common narrative is that in order to be tough on crime people have to be punished. What we have found out is that prison doesn't rehabilitate folks and having more law enforcement doesn't keep us or make us feel safe in our communities. Night Out For Safety & Liberation is focused on redefining what #SafetyIs and what keeps us safe. 

Organization: Ohio Organizing Collaborative
Where: Columbus: Corner of Hudson and Cleveland Ave
When: Tuesday, August 1; 6:00-9:00 pm
What: Hurting People Hungering to be Healed. Purpose: To change the narrative around what #SafetyIs. The common narrative is that in order to be tough on crime people have to be punished. What we have found out is that prison doesn't rehabilitate folks and having more law enforcement doesn't keep us or make us feel safe in our communities. Night Out For Safety & Liberation is focused on redefining what #SafetyIs and what keeps us safe. 

Organization: Ohio Organizing Collaborative
Where: Cincinnati: Winton Hills Apartments, 200 W Galbrith Rd
When: Tuesday, August 1; 6:00-8:00 pm
What: Hurting People Hungering to be Healed. Purpose: To change the narrative around what #SafetyIs. The common narrative is that in order to be tough on crime people have to be punished. What we have found out is that prison doesn't rehabilitate folks and having more law enforcement doesn't keep us or make us feel safe in our communities. Night Out For Safety & Liberation is focused on redefining what #SafetyIs and what keeps us safe.

Organization: Ohio Organizing Collaborative
Where: Dayton: W. 3rd Street
When: Tuesday, August 1; 6:00-8:00 pm
What: Hurting People Hungering to be Healed. Purpose: To change the narrative around what #SafetyIs. The common narrative is that in order to be tough on crime people have to be punished. What we have found out is that prison doesn't rehabilitate folks and having more law enforcement doesn't keep us or make us feel safe in our communities. Night Out For Safety & Liberation is focused on redefining what #SafetyIs and what keeps us safe.

Organization: Ohio Organizing Collaborative
Where: Youngstown
When: Tuesday, August 1
What: Hurting People Hungering to be Healed. Purpose: To change the narrative around what #SafetyIs. The common narrative is that in order to be tough on crime people have to be punished. What we have found out is that prison doesn't rehabilitate folks and having more law enforcement doesn't keep us or make us feel safe in our communities. Night Out For Safety & Liberation is focused on redefining what #SafetyIs and what keeps us safe. 

Oregon

Portland

Organization: Enlace in collaboration with Freedom Cities, and Divest Partners
Where: Contact info@enlaceintl.org for location
When: Tuesday, August 1; 3:00-9:00 pm
Description: Join us to create a safe, joyous multi-racial, multi-sector space that centralizes pro-Blackness and counters white supremacist violence from vigilantes and the state. Our communities will come together to refute criminalization and policing, to celebrate difference, to share food, music, and stories through a community speak out on police profiling and visions of safety for our communities from our various and intersectional perspectives.

Texas

Austin

Organization: Texas Advocates for Justice
Where: 1201 Payton Gin Rd, Austin, TX 78758
When: Tuesday, August 1; 5:00-9:00 pm
What: A Community Fair on the grounds of a school with access to a public pool. Over two dozen organizations representing diverse ethnic and religious groups will provide information in outside booths about their efforts to make the community safer and how to respond to heightened deportation by the federal government, and each group will provide food prepared by its members. We will have music, speakers, yoga, acupuncture, and gentle self-defense classes for all ages and physical abilities.

Houston

Organization: Texas Advocates for Justice
Where: Third Ward Multi-Services Center, 3611 Ennis St, Houston, TX 77004
When: Tuesday, August 1; 5:00-9:00 pm
What:  Community-based event with skits, a Wall of Words, community speakers, and various opportunities for community members to visually represent their definition of safety and liberation.

San Antonio

Organization: All of Us or None Texas 
Where: 1313 Guadalupe St. San Antonio, TX 78207
When: Tuesday, August 1
What:  TBA

Washington

Seattle

Organization: Statewide Poverty Action Network, in Collaboration with La Resistencia Collective, Puentes, NW Immigrant Rights Network
Where: South Park 
When: Tuesday, August 1; 6:00 pm
What: South Park Neighborhood Block Party featuring local community organizers from the area who will share their campaigns (rapid response network against ICE, community engagement without police). There will be music and pizza.

Organization: Restaurant Opportunities Center Seattle, in collaboration with Black & Tan Hall and Crowd Control.
Where: Hillman City - Rainier Ave S. & S. Findlay Street (Block Party on Findlay)
When: Tuesday, August 1; 6:00-9:00 pm
What: A lively night out in Hillman City with street art, live painting by local art collective - Crowd Control, delicious samples from Black & Tan Hall, children’s activities, music, and an opportunity to engage with neighbors and local business owners on what safety means to us.  #SafetyIs: living wage jobs; safe and healthy spaces to work, play and pray; freedom from bigotry; local businesses and neighbors rooted in place…. what else?  Join us for a night out with neighbors to build connections in our community.  

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