Seven Second District Neighborhoods to Celebrate National Night Out

[raw]Seven communities in the Second District will be organizing local events to promote peaceful collaboration between neighborhood residents and law enforcement. The events are the culmination of National Night Out, a year-long national community campaign.

“In the wake of Trayvon Martin’s racial profiling and unnecessary and untimely death, it is more important than ever to bring residents and local law enforcement together, to not only create safe, peaceful and empowered communities, but also to clearly delineate the ways in which citizens and law enforcement should best work together,” said Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chairman Mark Ridley-Thomas.

The first National Night Out took place on Tuesday, August 7th 1984, and began an effort to promote community involvement in crime prevention. That first year, 2.5 million Americans took part across 400 communities in 23 states.

National Night Out 2013, now in its 30th year, is expected to be the largest to date, surpassing last year’s numbers, when 37.5 million people in 15,704 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide participated.

The event now serves as a catalyst for neighborhood transformation.

Along with turning on the traditional outside lights and keeping front porch vigils, most participating cities and towns celebrate with a variety of festive events, such as block parties, cookouts, parades, festivals, safety fairs and youth events. National Project Coordinator, Matt Peskin said, “This is a night for America to stand together and promote awareness, safety, and neighborhood unity. National Night Out showcases the importance of police-community partnerships and citizen involvement in our fight for a safer nation.”

Peskin added: “While the one night is certainly not an answer to crime, drugs and violence, National Night Out represents the kind of spirit, energy and determination to help make neighborhoods a safer place year round. The night celebrates safety and crime prevention successes and works to expand and strengthen programs for the next 364 days.”

Click here to download the flyers.

[/raw] Tuesday, August 6, 2013

LYNWOOD Century Station
LYNWOOD CITY HALL
MLK between Bullis Road and Hulme Avenue
11330 Bullis Road, Lynwood, 90262
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Station (323) 568-4787
City Staff (310) 603-0220 ext. 506

COMPTON Station
GATEWAY TOWNE CENTER
1621 S. Alameda Street Compton, 90220
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Station (310) 605-5500

FLORENCE FIRESTONE Century Station
Youth Activity League (In front)
7901 S. Compton Avenue at Antwerp
Los Angeles, 90002
5:00pm to 8:00pm
Station (323) 586-7250

WISEBURN South LA Station
OCEANGATE CHURCH
13443 Oceangate Avenue
Del Aire/Hawthorne, 90250
4:00pm to 8:00pm
Station (323) 242-8784

LADERA
Marina Del Rey Station Personnel
LADERA PARK (Upper Outdoor Recreation Area)
6027 Ladera Park Avenue
Los Angeles, 90056
5:00pm to 8:00pm
Station (310) 410-7604

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

CARSON STATION & CITY HALL
21356 S. Avalon Blvd.
Carson, 90745
6:00p.m. to 9:00pm
Station (310) 847-8386

Saturday, August 10, 2013

WILLOWBROOK & ATHENS
HELLEN KELLER Park & MAGIC JOHNSON Park
905 E. El Segundo Blvd., Los Angeles, 90059
9:00am to 3:00pm
Station (310) 965-8659
Century Station