What Does It Mean to be Safe?

by Saru Jayaraman and Zachary Norris, Ella Baker Center

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.

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