Night Out for Safety and Liberation 2017

During Night Out for Safety and Liberation this year we gathered with community at Little Bobby Hutton Park, DeFremery Park, to reimagine and live what #SafetyIs and can be.

The Ella Baker Center was proud to hold a fun, free, and safe community event without police presence. We feel privileged to share this space with our community and build the world and spaces we want to live and be a part of. However, this effort was only possible due to the collaboration and support from many local businesses and organizations, our members, volunteers, and most of all community members.

So before I take you through the day in this photo-journal I wanted to take a moment and say thank you to everyone who made this night possible: Oaklandish, Laurel Bookstore, Mandela Market, Marcus Bookstore, Roses in Concrete, ROC Bay Area, and all of our members and volunteers.


Ella Baker Center local organizer Darris Young opened up the night by sharing the history behind Night Out for Safety and Liberation, NOSL, which began in 2013 as a response to the murder of Trayvon Martin. NOSL is an alternative to National Night Out, which promotes safety through policing and neighborhood watch programs. Cases like that of Trayvon Martin show that police and neighborhood watch programs do not necessarily signify safety for all, especially for communities of color. 

Black Panther Brother Saturo shares the significance of Bobby Hutton Park where the Black Panther Party organized and held many community events including the famous breakfast program. Oakland, and Bobby Hutton Park in particular, is internationally recognized for its history of resistance and activism. Recently the Oakland City Council voted to rename an area of the park to Bobby Hutton Grove. Bobby Hutton was the first Black Panther to be killed.

Urban Peace Movement brought up the energy and started off the night with an incredible performance dedicated to their brother Dajon Ford. Dajon Ford is an Oakland native who has been sitting in Santa Rita for four years waiting for a fair trial. Despite being underage at the time of his incident, Dajon is being unfairly charged as an adult. Learn more and demand #Freedom4Dajon here


Members of Urban Peace Movement. Photos by Brooke Anderson

The evening was filled with a variety of activities for everyone.

Art Bison Design Co-op set-up a screen printing station where attendees were able to create free Oakland Night Out for Safety and Liberation t-shirts. Some brought their own clothing to customize.  


Photos by Brooke Anderson

#SafetyIs access to health. Bike East Bay’s Bike Powered Smoothies were a hit among attendees. Made with fresh fruit and powered by you, the activity encouraged physical activity and a deliciously refreshing treat to celebrate.  

Mandela Marketplace showed up with free plums, gift card, games, and healthy cookbooks. 

We know that healthy food is only half the battle, #SafetyIs a healthy lifestyle which includes getting active!

Professor Malandro shows that Capoeira and being active is for everyone. Capoeira came about as a way for slaves to train and organize in Brazil. Slaves were unable to fight and therefore developed a dance, Capoeira, as a way to disguise their training. It was used as a tool for liberation. 

Photo by Brooke Anderson


Beyond caring for our physical health, #SafetyIs about self-care, wellness, and mental health. #NOSL17 featured a wellness tent for folks to rest, reflect, and heal. The wellness tent included meditation, massages, and serenity. 

#SafetyIs black joy. Safety and true liberation is the freedom to be kids. Black and brown children deserve the right to play outside free of fear. #NOSL17 included many lawn games, arts, and face painting.


Member Tracey Bell Borden’s “Kiss My Black Arts” table was a hit with adults and kids alike.

Photo by Brooke Anderson

Members and volunteers lead the face painting

Photo by Brooke Anderson

The glitter unicorn was a staff favorite. Local Advocate Tash Nguyen who was the head organizer behind Oakland's NOSL event.

#SafetyIs connections beyond bars. Ella Baker Center’s Technology and Administrative Specialist Eric leads the postcard effort. Folks had the opportunity to send messages of encouragement and help foster relationships with people currently incarcerated. 

Photo by Brooke Anderson

It wouldn’t be a party without food! Mirna provided some delicious pupusas for the event

Payal Patel, Director of Finance and Operations, and Zachary Norris, Executive Director, with volunteers, serve some healthy and delicious food.  Photo by Brooke Anderson

Night Out for Safety and Liberation is intersectional. We demand safety and liberation for ALL of our communities. Especially under the current administration and living in today’s political climate, we must reaffirm and defend trans women of color. Trans rights are human rights. We must defend and protect people of all abilities. We must demand justice, freedom, safety, and liberation for all. 

Photo by Brooke Anderson

Maria Moore, sister of poet Kayla Moore a trans black disabled woman who was killed by Berkeley police. Maria speaks out against brutality and for the rights of those living with disabilities. She speaks up for black women, trans women, and all black people. 

Ashely Love and Maria Moore. Photo by Brooke Anderson

We had a few final, powerful performances. 


Hip Hop for Change Performers. Left to right, JusDizz and Charity Clay, known as C Dot The Catlyst.

Photo by Brooke Anderson


To close out #NOSL17, Ella Baker Center member Keisha performs an affirmation for all Black women survivors of violence.

Photo by Brooke Anderson


You can see pictures from all of the Night Out for Safety and Liberation events here. If you are interested in hosting a Night Out for Safety and Liberation event next year, sign up today here. Learn more about Night out for Safety and liberation at