Hundreds of Oakland communities prep BBQs and block parties for National Night Out

Tina Ramos, owner of Tina’s Tamales, and Mayor Jean Quan spoke at a recent City Hall event promoting tomorrow’s National Night Out. By Howard Dyckoff, Oakland Voices 2012.

By Howard Dyckoff

National Night Out (NNO) is happening tomorrow and Oakland is on track to establish another record for neighborhood get-togethers, according to Mayor Jean Quan and OPD Chief Howard Jordon.

There will be 605 BBQs, parties and gatherings this year across the city, up from 554 last year. 

At City Hall, during their July 25th press conference, both the mayor and the chief spoke to the importance of these community building events and introduced more than a dozen hosts and neighborhood organizers who were standing beside them.

“I want to urge everyone to sign up to host a block party for National Night Out,” Mayor Quan said after the event. “This is an easy, fun way to meet your neighbors and make your neighborhood a stronger, safer place. Participating in this event with so many fellow Oaklanders is one of the great joys in living here.”

The purpose of NNO is to get neighbors to meet and better know each other. In Oakland and many other large cities, the police and fire department help coordinate NNO and encourage the formation of Neighborhood Watches and Neighborhood Crime Prevention Councils (NCPCs).

Fostering neighborhood cooperation and reviving non-functioning NCPCs is in fact part of the mayor’s signature 100 Block Strategy. She has spent many weekends walking through different parts of East and West Oakland and talking to residents about neighborhood cooperation and community building.

Marlon McWilson spoke about the family-friendly Edes Street NNO block party he is helping to organize at the East Oakland Sports Center tomorrow. By Howard Dyckoff, Oakland Voices 2012.

Last year, NNO events in Oakland rose from less than 440 in 2010 to 560 events on NNO day, about a 25% jump. According to Mayor Quan, there are already 520 events scheduled, and the city was expecting to break 600  tomorrow. 

Many NNO events grow form small potlucks to full block parties with entertainment for kids and adults.  But the important part is getting to know and understand your neighbors.

To find guidelines for organizing your own event or find NNO events in your part of Oakland, contact Brenda Ivey at 510-238-3091.

Click here for a slideshow of the July 25th NNO press conference at City Hall.



Author Profile

Howard Dyckoff has lived in Oakland for over 40 years and has been involved with many community groups, including Oakland Digital and Oakland Local, Block by Block, the East Oakland Boxing Association (EOBA), and CBE. A Brooklyn, New York, transplant, and an Aerospace Engineering graduate of NY Polytechnic, Howard also attended Laney College, where he wrote for the Laney Tower newspaper and was elected editor. Howard also attended the Starr King School at the Theological Union in Berkeley.

He has served as the Berkeley Free Clinic’s Outreach Coordinator, and also worked as an information technology professional at Chevron, Sybase, and Wells Fargo. He worked in both the 2010 and 2020 Census. Howard has been a regular contributor to Oakland Local and online publications such as TechTarget and Linux Gazette and currently writes for Oakland Voices. He currently does event photography and portraiture around the Bay Area.

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