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.

This is the first post for our series, Beyond Bars. Beyond Bars blog posts are pieces sent to us from currently incarcerated people. These posts are not written by Ella Baker Center staff and we try to keep them in their original form. The Beyond Bars series is meant to foster...
Our namesake Ella Baker once said: "In order to see where we are going, we must not only remember where we have been, we must understand where we have been."The brutal force of racism in Charlottesville this weekend is part of a long history of racial injustice in this country....
In July I had the opportunity to do a “community walk” with Ella Baker Center organizer Darris Young.  We walked the neighborhood of the Little Bobby Hutton Park and talked with people, inviting them to Night Out for Safety and Liberation...
During Night Out for Safety and Liberation this year we gathered with community at Little Bobby Hutton Park, DeFremery Park, to reimagine and live what #SafetyIs and can be.The Ella Baker Center was proud to hold a fun, free, and safe community event...
As a Black woman, I feel that the idea of safety as it stands now is merely that, an idea—some abstract concept that we know to be true but is somehow just beyond our tangible reach.It is something we struggle to obtain all the while knowing that within our current paradigm of...
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: ...