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.

Instead of attending their son’s wedding, Sean Bell’s family must now begin the painful task of making funeral arrangements for their son. Sean Bell, 23 years old, was killed when several undercover New York Police Officers’ open fired, releasing over 50 shots, killing Sean and injuring two...
On December 12, people from all over Oakland will gather to commemorate the lives of loved ones lost to violence at our annual Evening of Remembrance. We would be honored if you would join us in this effort to start Oakland on the path to peace. Tuesday, December 12, 2006 — 5pm-8pm Jack London...
The effort to "go local" means different things to different communities. This month Yes Magazine looks at the state of the "go local" movement, and invited Ella Baker Center to share our perspective. Written by Executive Director Van Jones and Communications Director Ben Wyskida, ...
Through our Reclaim the Future program, Ella Baker Center is focused on creating jobs in the green economy as a path out of poverty. Jobs are only part of the equation, however. To create real opportunities for struggling communities, cities need housing policy that makes a good place to live...
Here we are, 14 years after the beating of Rodney King was caught on tape, and the LAPD is at it again. On August 11, 2006, two officers of the Los Angeles Police Department beat William Cardenas. They say he is a suspected drug dealer, which apparently gave the officers the right to beat him...