We as freedom fighters will be called to take ourselves and the movement for safety and liberation to the next level. Please join the Movement for Black Lives DC’s 2018 Night Out for Safety and Liberation.
This year, local community work is more important than ever. It is up to us to continue to challenge the “law and order” version of safety, and champion practices that truly generate safe and healthy environments and move us closer to liberation; and that reject the politics that the hyper-policing and surveillance of people, particularly Black people and people of color, somehow makes our streets safer.
Our goal is to change the conversation about public safety to be less focused on fear, punishment, and criminalization and more focused on how we can build equity and power by investing in our communities.
Night Out for Safety and Liberation is a nation-wide event that began in 2013, partly as a response to the murder of Trayvon Martin. He was killed by George Zimmerman, who was patrolling a housing development and was suspicious of Trayvon. Trayvon’s murder was a reminder that neighborhood watch programs and surveillance are not a pathway to safety, especially for communities of color. Find our more about the Night Out for Safety and Liberation here: http://www.nosl.us/