In 2016, organizations hosted events for Night Out for Safety and Liberation in more than 25 cities across the county where they redefined what public safety means to us.

Every year on the first Tuesday of August, people across the country 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 we know that police are not the pathway to safety.

On Night Out for Safety and Liberation, 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. Read more about how organizations participated last year, and sign up to join us in 2017:

Akron, OH

Organization: The Ohio Organizing Collaborative, in collaboration with The People’s Justice Project and the Stop The Violence Akron Movement
Where: Goodyear Blvd between Newton and Honodle in front of the Linda Theater, Akron, OH 44305
When: Tuesday, August 2; 6-8:30 p.m.
What: The People’s Justice Project and the Stop The Violence Akron Movement will host a table during National Night Out Against Crime to change the narrative around what safety looks like and what it means to be safe in our own communities. At our outreach table we will interview crime survivors about their stories. Our goal is to continue to engage and support those in their struggles for liberation and existence. We want to create “Harm Free Zones,” for every neighborhood and citizen in the city of Akron.
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Albuquerque, NM

Organization: Generation Justice
Where: Hyatt Regency Albuquerque, 330 Tijeras NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102
When: Tuesday, August 2; 11:00 am
What: We will provide a media justice/literacy training to 70-90 Albuquerque youth on how to deconstruct mainstream and right-wing media's narrative on police violence in New Mexico. The training will provide participants with tools and analytical strategies to deconstruct media messages through racial equity and media justice frameworks as well as tools to create a community and racial equity narrative to counter and challenge the mainstream media's narrative on policing in communities of color.
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Atlanta, GA

Organization: Social Justice Ministry of the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church
Where: Ebenezer Baptist Church, MLK Sr. Community Resource Complex, 101 Jackson St., Atlanta, GA
When: Tuesday, August 2; 6:45 p.m.
What: During this event, we will look to redefine the narrative of safety and what it looks like in our communities. 

Charlotte, NC

Organization: M.A.T.E. NC
Where: Marshall Park, Charlotte, NC
When: Tuesday, August 2; 5:30pm
What: We will be hosting a vigil with community and faith leaders to “Speak Up and Speak Out,” end the violence to us and by us, and demand police accountability and the creation of a harm free zone in Charlotte.

Chicago, IL

Organization: Workers Center For Racial Justice, in collaboration with Men and Women in Prison Ministries
Where: 35th and State, 6th floor, Chicago, IL
When: Tuesday, August 2; 6-8 p.m.
What: There will be a viewing of Jesse Williams’ speech from the 2016 BET awards, a panel discussion and a community solutions dialogue, to offer an alternative to the Chicago Police Department’s National Night Out, and discuss community based alternatives to the economic and physical violence affecting our communities.
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Detroit, MI

Organization: Restaurant Opportunities Centers United
Where: Detroit Public Library, Main Branch, 5201 Woodward Ave.
When: Tuesday, August 2; 5-8 p.m.
What: On Night Out for Safety and Liberation, we will bring together people with powerful visions for the future:  a cross-section of community leaders, thinkers, artists and activists from all around Detroit. Together, we will envision building safe communities where public resources are reinvested from a wasteful criminal legal system and invested in other ways to ensure community safety and accountability like restorative justice hubs and peacekeepers.

Durham, NC

Organization: All of Us or None NC, Spirithouse, Southern Coalition for Social Justice
Where: Twin Lakes, Durham, NC
When: Tuesday, August 2; 5-9 p.m.
What: Because Black liberation is rooted in Black joy we gather to dream a Durham that is safe for us all.
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Houston, TX

Organization: Texas Advocates for Justice-Houston
Where: SHAPE Community Center, 3903 Almeda Rd, Houston, TX
When: Tuesday, August 2; 6-9 p.m.
What: Community-themed night of action, led by those who have been impacted by incarceration. We will have formerly incarcerated people and affected community members speak to the devastation of their neighborhoods, present the voices of youth who have been marginalized through school suspensions, and invite participation from local leaders as a way to offer alternatives based on education and inclusion. 
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Los Angeles, CA

Where: AME Church, 1177 West 25th Street, Los Angeles
When: Tuesday, August 2; 7-9 p.m.
What: This year Justice Not Jails invites the community to come together for a different kind of conversation about what real public safety looks like: public safety based on respect and on access to good schools, good jobs, and good services in neighborhoods that are over-policed but under-resourced in every other way. We will work in small conversation circles and then come together at the end for a moment of commitment and a moment of remembrance for all those who have suffered and died under our current broken system of policing. 
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Madison, WI

Organization: Wisdom
Where: Penn Park, 2101 Fisher St., Madison, WI 
When: Tuesday, August 2; 6-9 p.m.
What: Neighborhood cook-out with basketball and activities for kids. The event will be followed by a candlelight vigil. 

Memphis, TN

Organization: Lifeline to Success
Where: 1602 Dellwood Ave., Memphis
When: Tuesday, August 2; 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Description: Formerly incarcerated members will lead a forum that will discuss what they have done to make the community safer. They will alos discuss new projects that they want to present that concentrate on community alternatives. The forum will be part of a block party bringing unity to the community. 

New Orleans, LA

Organization: Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children (FFLIC), Voice of the Ex-Offender (VOTE), and BreakOut!
Where: 3600-3700 Frenchman Street, New Orleans, LA
When: August 2; 5-7 pm
What: Various community groups will come together for a block party during Night Out for Safety and Liberation. At this event, we will promote #UnitedWeAre1, in order to bring community members together to plan to keep our communities safe.
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New York, NY

Organization: Enlace and the New York Worker Center Federation
Where: Diversity Plaza, Jackson Heights
When: Tuesday, August 2; 5:30 p.m.
What: For Night Out, we will be leading a community march and speak out. New York City has seen an increase in policing and raids; we hope you will join immigrant workers and demand an end to police abuse and immigration raids. Join us in sharing food and speaking out about what #SafetyIs!
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Oakland, CA

Organization: Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
Where: Lowell Park, West Oakland
When: Tuesday, August 2; 5:30-8 p.m.
What: We will host a community party where there will be music, games, an open mic, family activities, art creation, and free food. Turn up for the Black Panthers 50th anniversary! Come and build community with us as we redefine what safety means. 

Orlando, FL

Organization: Organize Now! Orlando
Where: 5205 Bonnie Brae Circle, Orlando
When: Tuesday, August 2; 4-7 p.m.
What: Members and staff of Organize Now and community partners will canvass the Pine Hills neighborhood located in West Orange County to bring awareness to neighborhood safety and community solutions. There will be a chalk art exhibit at Bonnie Bray Circle, an area within the Pine Hills neighborhood, which will display chalk art created by local residents that highlights the need for street lights for the safety of our children.
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Philadelphia, PA

Organization: “X” Offenders for Community Empowerment
Where: Hunting Park, Philadelphia
When: Tuesday, August 2; 6:30 p.m.
What: We will call for a stop to the violence and an end to the proliferation of illegal guns in our community.

Phoenix, AZ

Organization: Center for Neighborhood Leadership
Where: Granada East Elementary School 3022 W. Campbell Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85017
When: Tuesday, August 2; 6-8:30 p.m.
What: Join us August 2, 2016 in an Open House for Night Out for Safety and Liberation (NOSL). The purpose of NOSL is to redefine and reimagine what #SafetyIs for our communities – beyond the current frame of safety through policing. Throughout the open house we will be having a community conversation with residents to define what #SafetyIs. Our open house conversations will address Maryvale shootings, the negative perceptions that the media has painted, as well as its influence on our community.
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Sacramento, CA

Organization: Cal Organize
Where: Lady of Immaculate Conception Church​ parking lot: 3301 33rd St., Sacramento 
When: Tuesday, August 2; 4-8 p.m.
What: Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) members will have a Night Out for Safety and Liberation event covering the need for #JusticeTeams and Prop 47 reinvestment. The event will cover 5 different topics including knowing your rights and the importance of reinvesting Prop 47 money back into the community.

San Antonio, TX

Organization: All of Us or None San Antonio
Where:1226 NW 18th St., Frank Garrett Center
When: Tuesday, August 2
What: In the Alamo City community, faith and activist leaders will come together to discuss how to redefine how we talk to one another about public safety in our communities. 

San Diego, CA

Organization: Epiphany Women in Focus
Where: Marie Widman Park, San Diego
When: Tuesday, August 2; 6:30 p.m.
What: Join Epiphany Women in Focus, along with several other community based organizations, at Marie Widman Park for food, drinks and a discussion on what #SafetyIs to our community. Please join this effort to educate ourselves and our community on effective ways to feel safe in our neighborhoods.  

Seattle, WA

Organization: Statewide Poverty Action Network
Where: Sandpoint Residence Housing, 6951 62nd Avenue NE, Seattle, WA 98115
When: Tuesday, August 2; 6 p.m.
What: Join Poverty Action for pizza, refreshments, and snacks as we come together to have a dialogue around public safety and community alternatives to policing. With the criminalization of people of color--particularly youth--it's a great time to talk to David Whedbe from the ACLU about your rights!  

Stockton, CA

Organization: Fathers and Families of San Joaquin
Where: 338 E. Market St., Stockton, CA
When: Tuesday, August 2; 5-8 p.m.
What: A community block party and barbeque where we will raise awareness about Proposition 47 and 57, register voters, offer legal aid.
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St. Louis, MO

Organization: Organization for Black Struggle (OBS)
Where: 1401 Rowan Ave, St. Louis, MO 63112
When: Tuesday, August 2; 6-10 p.m.
What: Come join the Organization for Black Struggle’s block party for Night Out for Safety and Liberation. We will have food, drinks, music, video testimonies, games, trivia, and prizes as we define what "Re-Envisioning Public Safety" means to our neighborhood.

St. Petersburg, FL

Organization: Organize Now! St. Pete in partnership with Stop the Violence groups
Where: Child's Park Recreation Center, 4301 13th Ave S, St. Petersburg, FL 33711
When: Tuesday, August 2; 6:30 p.m.
What: What does safety look like in St. Petersburg, FL? Join us for a community BBQ (food provided!) with a DJ and art for the kids. Paint and a canvas will be provided for kids and adults alike to paint what safety looks like in St. Pete. After we feast, we will have a community discussion around what #SafetyIs to us, and exploring alternatives to policing as the pillar of safety in our society. At the end of the night, we'll have a short walking tour of Child's Park neighborhood.
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Tampa, FL

Organization: Organize Now!
Where: Robles Park
When: Sunday, July 31st; 5-8 p.m.
What: There will be a cook-out with arts and crafts, and a canvas painting session where people will illustrate what safety looks like in their community. The event will include a Stop the Violence group.

Vineland, NJ

Organization: Justice for Families
Where: Vineland High School, 2880 E. Chestnut Ave., Vineland, NJ
When: Tuesday, August 2; 5-9 p.m.
What: We will have an information table at the National Night Event event, and spread the message that people need to see each other in heavily policed neighborhoods, as opposed to watch one another. We will engage community members in a conversation about the value of equity. 

Washington D.C.

Organization: BYP100, Movement 4 Black Lives (M4BL) DMV
Where: The Perch - 3400 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20010
When: Tuesday, August 2; 5:30-9:30 p.m.
What: DMV Partners will use the Night Out for Safety and Liberation as a launch event for Black August, a month of activism around issues of criminalization affecting our communities. Join our block party style featuring local vendors, musicians, artists, and organizers who are active within the community. It will be a space to engage the community to better understand our issues and priorities, and co-create a political agenda that DC organizing groups can build from.
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Do you want to be part of Night Out for Safety and Liberation in 2017? Sign-up today: