February 2011

Unsung Heroes: Basslissa Dow
Every February, the United States commemorates Black History Month. Throughout the month, Ella’s Voice will be profiling some of our favorite unsung heroes of Black History To contribute to this series, email ellasvoice@ellabakercenter.org.

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I Feel Your Pain, Sandy Fonzo
When I watched the news video of Sandy Fonzo, confronting the crooked judge who sent her son to prison, tears immediately started to run down my cheeks. My heart simply broke for this mom whose son committed suicide.  What touched my heart the most was all the pain I could see in her eyes, even through all of her anger.

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Are Gang Injunctions the New Guantanamo?
  A demonstration opposing gang injunction related civil rights violations

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I had the privilege of attending the open-to-the-public People’s Hearing on Racism and Police Violence this weekend in Oakland.  From 9 to 5 on both Saturday and Sunday, at least 100 people at any one time sat in the gym of Edna Brewer Middle School listening to people speak about their experiences with police brutality.  The amoun

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Every February, the United States commemorates Black History Month. Throughout the month, Ella’s Voice will be profiling some of our favorite unsung heroes of Black History To contribute to this series, email ellasvoice@ellabakercenter.org.

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Earlier this year, Governor Brown released a budget proposal that included closing California’s notoriously abusive Division of Juvenile Justice.  Today, both the Assembly and Senate Budget Committees voted to approve most of the Governor's budget proposal, including closing the DJJ and funding coun

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Oakland Tech High School. Photo: Eric Fischer - flickr.com/walkingsf

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Sun Come Up
The Oscar-nominated film Sun Come Up follows the relocation of the Carteret Islanders, a peaceful community in the South Pacific, and now, some of the world’s first en

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