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.

I celebrate Earth Day, every day. I don’t own a car—I use Zipcar, AC Transit or my own legs if I need to run errands. I recycle—not only plastic, paper and glass, but my old bras! Instead of throwing them out where they will end up in a...
51 years ago this week, SNCC (The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) was born out of a student retreat called by...
With so much devastation happening in the world, I don’t look forward to the news these days. This morning, I should have kept it off, because the news I heard scared the crap out...
I feel really fortunate to live in Oakland. It's a place that has challenges, but it's also a place that exhibits a remarkable resilience and ability to come together to solve its problems.Like last Saturday, when in honor of Earth Day, I joined about 20 other people to wade...
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In honor of Earth Day, I found it interesting to reflect on 10 ways that my life is "greener" than it was 10 years ago.1.    I walk to work most days of the...
Today is Governor Jerry Brown's 100th day in office. To mark this occasion (and taking a step back from the seemingly endless budget wars), he is signing into law today a historic bill that...
Maybe it’s my desire for efficiency, but every time I pass by an empty lot in the city, without fail, I start strategizing about what I want to plant there. I’ve seen people in my...
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Birthdays are about celebrating people and wishing them the best in the next year.  Today is Governor Jerry Brown’s 73rd birthday.   As the country’s...