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.

On Sunday, February 7th, Beyoncé made a powerful statement during her performance at the Super Bowl, a day after releasing her song Formation, where she touched on...
For the first fifteen minutes of my daughter's school day, I read to her in her kindergarten classroom. Since the New Year, her requests have been to read about Martin Luther King Jr., Bessie Smith, and Nelson Mandela. These are books that she can find right by the front door in...
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....
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...