Who: ICE Free NYC, Safety Beyond Policing, Million Hoodies, ROC United, the Prison Divestment Campaign, and New York Worker Center Federation
New York, NY- Every year, more than 30 million people in the U.S. participate in neighborhood block parties as part of the National Night Out sponsored by the National Association of Neighborhood Watch. Traditionally, National Night Out events focus on community-police relations and neighborhood watch and surveillance programs, but Night Out for Safety and Liberation will emphasize that #SafetyIs about more than policing and crime.
"Those who are supposed to protect and serve are not doing that. They are terrorizing communities of color," said Zachary Norris, the Executive Director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. "We want to bring attention to the fact that relying on the police for community protection has made communities less safe."
The coalition includes ICE Free NYC, Safety Beyond Policing, Million Hoodies, Restaurant Opportunity Center (ROC) United, the Prison Divestment Campaign, and the New York Worker Center Federation.
The action is in response to the recent announcement of 1,300 new NYPD officers, the growing number of immigration home raids in New York City, and the continuing deaths of workers due to lack of enforcement of health and safety regulations. The coalition believes that #SafetyIs reducing policing and raids, because the increase of both terrorize communities of color and immigrants instead of creating and thriving safe communities.
“While violence by the state expands against communities, corporate violence against workers is also sanctioned. While Eric Garner was killed by police who face no repercussions for their actions, workers are forced to place their lives on the line by criminal corporations, like the case
of Delfino Velasquez, who was killed doing construction work by a contractor who did not take precautions for his workers safety,” said Daniel Carrillo, Enlace and member of the New York Worker Center Federation.