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.

By Alicia Caballero-Christenson As an Ethnic Studies graduate student and immigrant rights activist, I am extremely concerned about the rising tide of extreme conservatism and white supremacy in this country. Over the past month Arizona has gained national attention...
Recently, I attended a two week training on Permaculture. The day before the training began, I asked myself, 'What am I doing? Two weeks away from my desk, my cell phone, my home? What does this have to do with creating green-collar...
As we recently reported here on the Ella Baker Center blog, The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) recently pulled an appalling bait and switch. Using a website and email...
A growing movement of people committed to justice are joining the efforts to resist the racist immigration law passed in Arizona. The passage of SB 1070 by Governor Brewer sparked national outrage, catalyzing forward motion for immigrant rights and lending a sense of urgency to stop the hate...
The following post was provided to us by Brett Myers with Youth Radio....
The California State Department of Education recently released student performance rankings based on standardized tests. In the suburban Pleasanton school district, every single school scored in the top 20 percent statewide.  In the city of Oakland, however, 50% of our schools received the...
On May 22nd, California will observe the first annual Harvey Milk Day, honoring the life of the first out gay person to be elected to any public office. When he was murdered by fellow San Francisco Supervisor Dan White, he left a legacy...
Over the weekend, the The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) pulled an appalling bait and switch. Using a website and email campaign, they offered $200 and amnesty to any of 14,000 parolees who had broken contact with their parole officers. However, when 150...
Remember a few years ago when everyone around the country asked the Ella Baker Center, "What is a green job?" Just a few...
In these dark times, a good Supreme Court decision gives us freedom lovers something to smile about. The justices today ruled that youth deserve a chance at parole in nonhomicide cases. It is cruel and unusual...