Dozens of community members in New York City will join people in 30 cities across the country to define and demand a vision of safety centered on what communities need to thrive.
On Tuesday, August 1st ,community members and organizers from across the city will participate in the Night Out for Safety and Liberation (NOSL), a gathering for community members to redefine what public safety means to them beyond policing. NOSL is a bold, direct response to National Night Out, the events sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch that highlight neighborhood watch programs and community-police relationships as the pathway to public safety.
The communities participating in NOSL have long faced the damage caused by criminalization, mass incarceration, police brutality and deportation, and know that increased policing does not equate to increased safety. NOSL began in 2013 partially as a response to the murder of Trayvon Martin and the ongoing and longstanding violence inflicted upon Black and Brown communities by law enforcement. NOSL participants instead call for us to shift our focus to the true primary drivers of public safety: affordable housing, education, good jobs, healthy food, and access to healthcare. READ MORE
“ Safety is when workers and members of our community are respected. We are all human beings with rights that cannot be compromised based on race, nationality, age, gender, and/or sexual orientation,” said Cesar Boc, Organizer at the Street Vendor Project. “We believe that safety is when street vendors are not threatened with arrests, their belongings are not confiscated, and their rights are respected as residents of NYC and as human beings.”