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In Jennifer Maytorena Taylor’s short film, Visiting Day: The Unrelenting Stress of Family Prison Visits, for the Atlantic, she demonstrates the personal and financial tolls that Daisy Gomez faces while her husband, Max, is in federal prison. The story of Daisy and Max’s family has clear connections to the findings in Who Pays? The True Cost of Incarceration on Families.
On October 26, 2015, a video of a South Carolina school officer assaulting a 16-year-old Black girl named Shakara went viral. The officer grabbed her, threw her from her desk, and dragged her across the class
"We are the only people who can speak for the dead. Their voices are heard through us." -- Stephanie Lightfoot-Bennett, #UKJusticeTeam Yesterday, families of victims of police violence from the UK and from the US joined together in Oakland to launch the #CaravanForJustice. The eight day caravan, led by the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and the ACLU of California, will stop in nine counties throughout California to mobilize communities of color against law enforcement violence.
This summer organizing with the Ella Baker Center has taught me the power of listening, and the power of hope. This is a reflection by a young organizer, who through the collaboration with community, has a message for Oakland: loved ones behind the walls are worth fighting for. There is hope for better quality of life and fair chances to advance in our society. It can be done!
#FreeBrit #FreeAlexis
Brittany Ferrell and Alexis Templeton, a married couple who lead Millenial Activists United, an activist collective created by queer black women in Ferguson, were arrested last Monday in a
This week brought more reflection about the state of the Black Lives Matter movement, protests in many cities, and the tragedy of a police killing in Oakland for the third time since June. The Bail Trap
This week marks the anniversary of Mike Brown’s death and therefore, this has been a week of reflection on what has changed since then. The answer seems to be a resounding: not enough, as there are plenty of injustices to report this week. How Ferguson Changed America
What does true safety look like? Last night, the Ella Baker Center tried to answer that question with Night Out for Safety and Liberation. The Lake Merritt Boulevard Amphitheater was packed with a diverse group of Oaklanders and people from around the Bay Area watching performers, getting to know each other, creating art, and learning about community groups.
This week, as with every other week in 2015, and likely before, has been punctured with the loss of Black lives at the hands of police and the criminal justice system. Here are this week's stories on the harsh realities and glimmers of hope in the criminal justice system. The Shooting of Samuel Dubose
Laura Browder, a single mother of a two and a six-year-old, had just moved to Houston and was trying to start her life there by getting a job. Called in for a last-minute job interview, she had no one to watch her kids, so she decided to bring them and station them 30 yards away in the food court. Her joy at being offered the job was crushed when she was arrested for “abandoning” her children despite the fact that she was close by.