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Oak Park Holds Alternative "Night Out" Event

Marnette Federis / Capital Public Radio

Denise Davis, vice president of Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, tabling at Oak Park's "Night Out" alternative event.

Marnette Federis / Capital Public Radio

A block party is tonight in Sacramento's Oak Park neighborhood. Organizers call it an alternative to tonight's National Night Out anti-crime event.

While National Night Out is about promoting police and community relationships to help stop crime, organizers of the fourth annual Night Out for Safety and Liberation say their event is more about stopping police violence.

"More police do not, in fact, create safe communities, especially for communities of color," says Tash Nguyen with the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights in Oakland which is organizing tonight's event in about 20 communities throughout the country. The Oak Park festival marks the first time it'll be held in Sacramento.

"Folks are going to have an opportunity to get their felonies expunged," says Nguyen. "The festival itself is reducing barriers for that community that will make the community less vulnerable to criminalization and incarceration."

The Oak Park block party is being held at the Immaculate Conception Parking lot on 1st Avenue.

Meanwhile, the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department says about a dozen traditional National Night Out events will be held throughout the county tonight.