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.

Last summer as an intern with Ella Baker Center, I allowed my light to resurface and rehabilitate after falling upon harsh times. Trauma is defined by the unbearable...
As I turned page after mesmerizing page of Shaka Senghor’s memoir Writing My Wrongs, I immediately was reminded of this quote: "Either they don’t know, don’t show, or don’t care about what happens in the ‘hood'." These were the words...
Last week, reproductive justice advocates celebrated a significant win when the Supreme Court temporarily blocked a Louisiana abortion law and allowed four abortion...
$8.75…8.85…8.95….9 dollars! Woo-hoo! After weeks of collecting bottles and cans and doing odd jobs around the neighborhood, this ten-year-old finally succeeded in scraping together enough nickels, dimes, and quarters to purchase my very first ticket to a pro wrestling match...
Welcome to the Ella Baker Center's new website! We've been working on a redesign of our website with the fantastic communications firm Rootid for several months and we are excited to finally share it with the world. Our main...
On Sunday, February 7th, Beyoncé made a powerful statement during her performance at the Super Bowl, a day after releasing her song Formation, where she touched on...
For the first fifteen minutes of my daughter's school day, I read to her in her kindergarten classroom. Since the New Year, her requests have been to read about Martin Luther King Jr., Bessie Smith, and Nelson Mandela. These are books that she can find right by the front door in...
On Saturday, December 5th, the Ella Baker Center co-hosted the recurring event, “A Fair Chance to Advance” at Primera Iglesia Presbiteriana Hispana – a Spanish-speaking community church in the heart of Oakland....
As a Black woman subject to an intersectionality of oppressions that dehumanize and hypersexualize Black female bodies, the Daniel Holtzclaw trial was one that I identified with on an intimate level.Stemming from the slavery era, crewmembers on the transatlantic voyage, and slave owners...
In Jennifer Maytorena Taylor’s short film, Visiting Day: The Unrelenting Stress of Family Prison Visits, for the Atlantic, she demonstrates the personal...