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.

During our 20th anniversary event, From Revolutionary Roots to Liberated Futures, there will be a panel conversation moderated by W. Kamau Bell featuring Patrisse Cullors, Eva Paterson, and Bryan Stevenson. ...
During our 20th anniversary event, From Revolutionary Roots to Liberated Futures, socio-political comedian W. Kamau Bell will serve as the moderator of our panel discussion featuring Patrisse Cullors, Eva Paterson, and...
This post is part of our #Roots2Liberation blog series highlighting our history and our vision for the future, leading up to our celebration of our 20th anniversary on Thursday, September 8th in downtown...
This post is part of our #Roots2Liberation blog series highlighting our history and our vision for the future, leading up to our celebration of our 20th anniversary on Thursday, September 8th in downtown...
This post is part of our #Roots2Liberation blog series highlighting our history and our vision for the future, leading up to our celebration of our 20th anniversary on Thursday, September 8th in downtown Oakland....
Lately, being  Queer and Muslim has felt contradictory, no matter how strongly I relate with both of these aspects of my identity. I’m first generation, the daughter of two South Asian immigrants. From an early age, my grandmother ensured I was properly educated on my deen—my...
I grew up being afraid of the police.  For my family and I, one bad police encounter was just a slippery road away from an immigration detention center, from being pulled away from everything we knew.  In retrospect I am surprised it took me so long to see the connections between...
This year is the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights' 20th anniversary—we hope that you will join us in celebrating and honoring our revolutionary roots and giving light to our liberated futures. Our anniversary celebration, From Revolutionary Roots to Liberated Futures,...
At this years’ BET Awards Grey’s Anatomy actor Jesse Williams delivered a heart wrenching speech urging Black people to not accept conditional...
I have a fifteen year old sister, Suniya Barnes; she is a rising sophomore in high school, she hangs out at Bay St. nearly every weekend, she gets attitudes every five minutes, she’s a cheerleader, runs track, and she occasionally gets caught up in lies to my mom like many other Oakland...