A Night Out for Safety and Liberation

Night Out 29bJuly16A Night Out for Safety and Liberation
August 2 – 7 p.m.

Ward AME Church
1177 W. 25th Street
Los Angeles

Free and Open to the Public

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Every year 30 million Americans participate in the annual “Night Out for Safety” sponsored by law enforcement and neighborhood watch groups. Their premise: “Be afraid. Be very afraid.”

But what if what you are afraid of is law enforcement itself?

This year Justice Not Jails invites the community to come together for a different kind of conversation about what real public safety looks like: public safety based on respect and on access to good schools, good jobs, and good services in neighborhoods that are over-policed but under-resourced in every other way.

We in Los Angeles will be joining with concerned community members in 15 other major U.S. cities that will also be holding events on August 2 related to the Night Out for Safety & Liberation. The Ella Baker Center and the Center for Community Change are the main national sponsors.

Our event at Ward AME Church will not have invited speakers. Instead, we will work in small conversation circles and then come together at the end for a moment of commitment and a moment of remembrance for all those who have suffered and died under our current broken system of policing.

Please mark your calendars and tell your friends: Tuesday, Aug. 2, 7 p.m., at historic Ward AME Church, 1177 West 25th Street, Los Angeles. Contact info@im4humanintegrity.org

Organizers: Justice Not Jails and Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity

Participating Organizations: ACLU of Southern California, AME Ministerial Alliance, CURB, Drug Policy Alliance, LA Progressive, Los Angeles Regional Reentry Partnership, Progressive Christians Uniting, Youth Justice Coalition


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About Peter Laarman

Rev. Peter Laarman serves on the Justice Not Jails steering committee. He formerly directed Progressive Christians Uniting, the LA-based network of activist individuals and congregations that first launched Justice Not Jails in 2012 as a multifaith initiative. He served as the senior minister of New York’s Judson Memorial Church from 1994 to 2004. Ordained in the United Church of Christ, Peter spent 15 years as a labor movement strategist and communications specialist prior to training for ministry.