In the name of Trayvon and centuries of vigilante and state-sponsored violence on Black and Brown communities, resist racial profiling during the police-sponsored National Night out!
Added to the calendar on Thursday Jul 25th, 2013 11:58 PM
To create genuine safety we need to build community without racist police and prioritize human life over private property!
Gather outside Lakeview Library at MacArthur and Grand in Oakland. 6pm on Tuesday, August 6th. From there, we'll visit some NNO block parties! Bring propaganda to distribute!
National Night Out is a pro-policing event that is created to build and strengthen Neighborhood Watch chapters around the country. It is nationally coordinated between city governments and police departments to support the exact type of program that enabled George Zimmerman to take the life of Trayvon Martin. The court decision to clear Zimmerman of any charge reaffirms that, even though he is not a cop, Zimmerman was doing the police's job. He was reinforcing a system of power that thrives by devaluing Black and Brown lives.
National Night Out supports the murder of Trayvon Martin, and while Sanford, Florida, may feel far away, the exact same relationships exist right here in Oakland - with wealthier neighborhoods building up Neighborhood Watch programs by fear mongering about poor, Black and Brown people.
We understand that wealthier people in Oakland feel scared when harm and/or violence reaches their doorsteps, but rather than challenging the causes of those harms, National Night Out, Neighborhood Watch, private security and racist vigilantism extends violence by taking resources from already under-resourced communities, and devalues Black and Brown lives.
Moreover, those strategies support the governing systems that accept the killings of Black and Brown people - which we recognize through the killings of Emmett Till, Rodney King, Oscar Grant or Trayvon Martin.