March 2010

Cesar Chavez Remembered
Cesar Chavez In Honoring Cesar Chavez Day, The Ella Baker Center's own Maya Garza sat down with Ella Baker Center Families Organizer Lourdes Durate and discussed  Chavez's legacy. M: What was the most important lesson you learned from Cesar Chavez and his work?

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The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights has long been a leader in the fight for a cleaner, greener, more equal world that puts people and the planet before profits.  Today, on March 22nd, we are happy to celebrate World Water Day. We affirm that quality, quantity and access are the cornerstones for a healthy society- and that goes for everything from clean water to jobs in the green economy.

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Celebrating Oakland Voices
The following blog was written by Oakland Voices project coordinator Christopher Johnson. The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights works to improve the lives of some of our most vulnerable communities and believes that empowering individuals to speak up about their trials and tribulations in their day-to-day lives is critical in creating lasting change for all.

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Reflections of Ella Baker
The following blogpost was authored by Heal the Streets Campaign Director Crystallee Crain with contributions by various members of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights staff.


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Sanctuary City — Redefined
There are many things I love about San Francisco.  The vibrant communities…the energy of its residents…its progressive politics.  In 2007, Mayor Gavin Newsom vowed to maintain San Francisco as a sanctuary city for immigrants.  He promised no employee of the city and county of San Francisco would help with immigration enforcement.  This made me love San Francisco even more.

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The following post is written by Heal The Streets Intern Aja Minor, 24. Aja is a Bay Area native and holds a BA in International Studies with a minor in Music and a MA in Migration and Diaspora Studies from California State University Long Beach. By working with Heal The Streets Ms. Minor hopes to empower and educate youth to fight for justice and complete social change.

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On Monday, March 1st, the director of the White House Office of Urban Affairs and other high-ranking federal officials visited Oakland to tour some of the city's federal stimulus projects. Ella Baker Center's Jakada Imani, Executive Director, and Ian Kim, Campaign Director of our Green Collar Jobs Campaign were two of the community leaders invited to speak and meet with the governmental guests. Other participants in the day included representatives from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Transportation, Representative Barbara Lee, and Mayor Ron Dellums.

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The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights is proud to announce that Joyce Cook, one of our Books Not Bars Campaign's Family Organizers, has been named one of KQED's Women's History Month Local Heroes

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We, at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, congratulate our founder Van Jones for winning a 2010 NAACP Image Award. This award honors Van's innovative work in social justice and equality and comes on the heels of the news that Van will be joining the Center for American Progress, a progressive think tank, as well as the faculty at Princeton University. (Transcript of Van Jones's speech accepting 2010 NAACP President's Award at the Image Awards)

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