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.

As a Black woman subject to an intersectionality of oppressions that dehumanize and hypersexualize Black female bodies, the Daniel Holtzclaw trial was one that I identified with on an intimate level.Stemming from the slavery era, crewmembers on the transatlantic voyage, and slave owners...
In Jennifer Maytorena Taylor’s short film, Visiting Day: The Unrelenting Stress of Family Prison Visits, for the Atlantic, she demonstrates the personal...
On October 26, 2015, a video of a ...
"We are the only people who can speak for the dead. Their voices are heard through us." -- Stephanie Lightfoot-Bennett, #UKJusticeTeamYesterday, families of victims of police violence from the UK and from the US joined together in Oakland to launch the #...
This summer organizing with the Ella Baker Center has taught me the power of listening, and the power of hope. This is a reflection by a young organizer, who through the collaboration with community, has a message for Oakland: loved ones behind the walls are worth fighting for. There is hope for...
Brittany Ferrell and Alexis Templeton, a married couple who lead...
This week brought more reflection about the state of the Black Lives Matter movement, protests in many cities, and the tragedy of a police killing in Oakland for the third time since June.The Bail Trap...
This week marks the anniversary of Mike Brown’s death and therefore, this has been a week of reflection on what has changed since then. The answer seems to be a resounding: not enough, as there are plenty of injustices to report this week....
What does true safety look like? Last night, the Ella Baker Center tried to answer that question with Night Out for Safety and Liberation.The Lake Merritt Boulevard Amphitheater was packed with a diverse group of Oaklanders and people from around the Bay Area watching performers, getting...
This week, as with every other week in 2015, and likely before, has been punctured with the loss of Black lives at the hands of police and the criminal justice system. Here are this week's stories on the harsh realities and glimmers of hope in the criminal justice system....