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Blue Light Safety Project Focuses on Community Safety Without Police
The Santa Cruz local Blue Light Safety Project focuses on community safety without reliance on police.
The Blue Light Safety Project is a Santa Cruz local community effort to provide temporary safe spaces for people who are feeling unsafe. Community members who want to provide a safe space to those in need simply put a blue light on their house.
People in our communities, especially those in vulnerable populations, sometimes need a place where they can stop for a brief time to seek help or safety, make a phone call, wait for a ride, or rest for a moment. For example, female-bodied people or youth walking alone at night, people escaping intimate violence, queer or trans people who've been threatened, or elderly people who need a brief rest might feel supported to have a house in their neighborhood where they knew they could find a temporary safe space.
The project is an attempt to provide safety in our community outside of institutional solutions such as police.
There are several ways to support the project. The simplest way is to become a Blue Light House. On a practical level, it could not be simpler:
Here is our suggestion for a sign you might consider posting at your house. This is as much for your curious neighbors as for people who need a temporary safe space.
This is the Blue Light Safety Project.More information about the Blue Light Safety Project: