Tuesday, August 6th, 2013 is National Night Out! NNO was introduced in 1984 in an effort to promote neighborhood camaraderie and involvement in crime prevention activities. National Night Out is America’s block party night, an opportunity for residents to organize a barbeque, ice cream social or other event to both strengthen neighborhood spirit and unity while raising crime prevention awareness. National Night Out creates a space and time for neighbors to get together: When neighbors know each other, neighborhoods are safer. Stronger relationships within neighborhoods result in improved communication and better  resource and information sharing. And that sends a message to criminals, letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and working together. Neighbor-to-neighbor cooperation increases crime prevention awareness and improves public safety. This is the 30th anniversary of NNO (though it seems like it should be the 29th?)

Parties planned

  • Melrose Branch, 4805 Foothill Blvd, 5:00 pm

  • 81st Avenue Branch, 1021 81st Ave, 6:00 pm

  • Elmhurst Branch, 1427 88th Ave, 6:00 pm
  • Lakeview Branch, 550 El Embarcadero, 6:00 pm
  • Dimond Branch, 3565 Fruitvale Ave, 7:00 pm

  • Piedmont Avenue Branch, 80 Echo Ave, 7:00 pm

  • Feelmore510, 1703 Telegraph, 7:00 pm (also having a pillow fight with DJs!)

  • Peralta Hacienda Historical Park in Fruitvale will be hosting a National Night Out event from 6-8PM. They will have a FREE ice cream social, barbecue, and raffle where everyone gets a prize. The event will be international. They will honor Gwendolyn Jackson (she is a Board member for the Historical Park and one of the founders of Nicol Park). There will also be an opportunity to sign up for Guardian Angels Oakland. If you are interested in having a vendor booth at the event, please contact Beverly at the Peralta Hacienda.

  • The residents of Brookdale Street (which has had a number of violent incidents this year) are also holding a National Night Out event from around 6-8PM.

  • Alex Miller-Cole & West Oakland Neighbors will be hosting an event from 6-8PM at the Willie Keyes Rec. Center at 3131 Union Street. They will have grilling, games for kids, a bouncy castle, and entertainment.

  • North Oakland Senior Center5714 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. North Oakland neighbors are invited to enjoy an old-fashioned ice cream social on the patio

  • East Bay Bible Church and NCPC 35Y, 11200 Golf Links Rd, 5:00 PM (510) 568-5202 

  • 36th, 37th Avenue and E.12th

  • Bona St/ Deering Court

  • Safe Storage at 2783 E. 12th St. (Mayor Jean Quan, city councilman Noel Gallo, BART police Chief Ben Fairow,  Oakland police Captain S. Tull and Oakland firefighters are expected to attend

  • 3746 39th Ave, restorative justice circle at the Nafsi ya Jamii peace farm- open to all. See article.

  • East 19th between 3rd and Park- 6:00 - 9:00. book exchange, live music and art!
  • Dimond Avenue in the church parking lot (?) 7:00-9:00. dinner, music, kids' activities, snacks (for sale). Bring a plate, cup and cutlery.
  • Acorn Oakland Renaissance Club, 1143 10TH ST

  • Fire Station Open House 1996 Amito Avenue 

  • Carmen Flores Recreation Center1637 Fruitvale Avenue

  • Faith Jireh Christian Church, 212 9th street, suite 207

  • Unity Council, 3355 Foothill Blvd. @ E. 34th Street

  • Oakland Housing Authority, 800 WILLOW ST

  • MORH 1 Community Center, 741 FILBERT ST

  • Lincoln Square Recreation Center250 10TH ST

  • Oakland Housing Authority, 1012 KIRKHAM CT

  • Acts Full Gospel1034 66TH AVE

  • Miraculous World Christian Center, 2723 SAN PABLO AVE

  • Willie Keys Park (hosted by West Oakland Neighbors), 3131 UNION ST

  • Sobrante Park Home Improvement Association, 470 EL PASEO DR

  • Youth Uprising8711 MACARTHUR BLVD

  • West Oakland United for Change, 1127 Willow St. @ Peralta

  • Zion Tabernacle the House of Prayer, 3945 SAN JUAN ST

  • Rainbow Recreation Center

  • Patten University/Christian Cathedral 3252 Galindo St @ Fruitvale Ave

  • Friends of Peralta Hacienda Historical Park 2465 34th Avenue @ Hyde St.

  • East Bay Asian Local Development Corp6818 Lion Way @ Hawley St.
  • Montecito and Bay
  • 29th Ave and East 12th.
  • Buena Vista Ave4
  • 46th Street
  • 29th Street
  • Wesley Ave, by Leaning Tower of Pizza
  • 54th St and Gaskill
  •  James

  • Boyd

  • Locksley

  • 6700 Liggett Dr

  • Bryant Ave.

  • 42nd and West

  • Check out a list of larger parties (along with a map) on the city's website.


City Policy on Publishing Full List of NNO Parties

Prior to Aug. 6, 2013, the only way to find out about your nearest NNO Party or to get a complete list of registered parties was to call city employees Felicia Verdin (238-3128) or Brenda Ivey (238-3091).

On Aug. 6, 2013, Joe deVries, Neighborhood Services Supervisor in the office of the City Administrator, indicated in an email that a list of the parties is not published publicly "for reasons of confidentiality and security. Many, if not most of our parties are sponsored by Neighborhood Watch Block Captains who initially started a Neighborhood Watch on their block due to concerns about crime. In high crime areas some Block Captains fear retaliation for their efforts at fighting crime in their neighborhood and therefore we do not want to publish their name and contact information as a precaution. 

It has also been the case that groups looking to market their products want these lists for their gain and as an organization promoting public safety we have an obligation to NOT allow people’s information to go out beyond what we are using it for. Our Community Services Supervisor would like to begin publishing the locations of the larger parties in each area but will need the approval of the hosts first to do so. Hopefully next year that list will exist and can be posted online.

I hope you understand our policy as it is designed to protect people, not hinder them." (email between greenkozi 8/6/13 and deVries, published with permission)

Along with updating this page and tweeting the update, several other people mentioned the same thing on twitter. At 4:29, the City of Oakland tweeted that they had posted some of the parties on this map, which was created August 6th.

Also, if you live in District 4, Councilmember Libby Schaaf was offering FREE Oakland A's tickets to the most organized D4 communities.

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