criminal justice reform

During the Ella Baker Center’s 20 th anniversary event, From Revolutionary Roots to Liberated Futures, we will have a panel featuring Eva Paterson, Patrisse Cullors, and Bryan Stevenson, moderated by W. Kamau Bell. Eva Paterson is the co-founder and president of the Equal Justice Society , an...
Last summer as an intern with Ella Baker Center, I allowed my light to resurface and rehabilitate after falling upon harsh times. Trauma is defined by the unbearable and the unspeakable; it's what we feel isolates us the most in our lives and it's so hard to rid one's self of menacing...
As I turned page after mesmerizing page of Shaka Senghor’s memoir Writing My Wrongs , I immediately was reminded of this quote: "Either they don’t know, don’t show, or don’t care about what happens in the ‘hood'." These were the words uttered by rapper...
Last week, reproductive justice advocates celebrated a significant win when the Supreme Court temporarily blocked a Louisiana abortion law and allowed four abortion clinics to re-open. The court is now deciding whether to uphold a Texas law that also places major restrictions on facilities...
Welcome to the Ella Baker Center's new website! We've been working on a redesign of our website with the fantastic communications firm Rootid for several months and we are excited to finally share it with the world. Our main goal was to create a simple and modern website that is easy to...
On Saturday, December 5th, the Ella Baker Center co-hosted the recurring event, “A Fair Chance to Advance” at Primera Iglesia Presbiteriana Hispana – a Spanish-speaking community church in the heart of Oakland. Through collaboration with the Alameda County Public Defender's...
It’s been a big week for criminal justice news. Here are a few of the top news stories, essays, and must-read articles from this historic week, good and bad: Obama’s Call for Reform Obama Commutes Sentences of 46 Nonviolent Drug Offenders Kicking off his week of criminal justice reform...
“[Prison] relieves us of the responsibility of seriously engaging with the problems of our society, especially those produced by racism and, increasingly, global capitalism.” – Angela Davis A national tragedy, the systematic targeting of black, brown, and poor bodies by the...