Ella's Voice

Welcome to the blog of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights! This is where we share reflections from the movement to end mass incarceration and criminalization, analysis on criminal, economic, and racial justice issues, and updates on our work. Please read, share, and comment.

As a kid, I learned in school that the police existed to keep people and communities safe from harm and “bad people.” The term “bad people” was always connected to the choices and actions people in our community made.Therefore I grew up with the impression that if...
Yesterday was the fourth of July, when many Americans celebrate the value of freedom as part of Independence Day. But are we truly free? What did you celebrate on fourth of July?What if you are one of the every three people sitting in jail that has not been convicted of a crime? Or what...
Holly is a Black woman, mother, sister, daughter, wife, social worker, new Oakland community resident, and Ella Baker Center member. She...
Soon, the Assembly will vote on The California Money Bail Reform Act (SB 10). As we work towards passing #BailReform, I wanted to take a minute and share the top 5 reasons bail is bad:1. Huge costs to taxpayers...
Ella Baker Center staff and members spent the day in Sacramento lobbying for the RISE Act and Bail Reform.  Take a look inside our day: ...
“WE ARE FREE! OUR BAIL HAS BEEN PAID!” Tracey shared on Facebook after Ella Baker Center staff members went with her to the bail bonds agency to pay off all of her bail debt. Thanks to your generosity and compassion, Tracey is finally free from her bail debt and can be liberated from...
It is with great enthusiasm that I introduce myself as the newest member of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights staff. I have officially come on board as the Digital Communications Associate and I look forward to connecting...
My daughter Tai is my number one priority. She’s always been ambitious and independent, and as a mother, I want to make sure she has what she needs to pursue her dreams. Last summer, she was at the BET awards, interviewing celebrities on the red carpet. I was so proud of her success....
Our namesake Ella Baker believed in the power of every day people to make change. A brilliant, bold hero of the civil rights movement, Ella Baker engaged communities to create solutions to address injustice.In that spirit, we support the formation of a union at the Ella Baker Center, and...
In 2012, I was a mere 12 year-old middle schooler, and my biggest concern in life was what I was going to have for dinner. That all changed on February 26, 2012, the day 17 year-old Trayvon Benjamin Martin was fatally shot.  The months following the death of Trayvon Martin were a...