In The News

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

During our rally for a Jobs Not Jails budget at the Alameda County Board of Supervisors meeting on March 3rd, the Ella Baker Center disrupted business as usual and won some key victories.

 

 

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San Diego CityBeat
Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Last month, state Sen. Mark Leno introduced SB 124, legislation that would define solitary confinement in state and county juvenile-corrections facilities and establish standards for how it’s used.

Jennifer Kim, policy director at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights in Oakland, helped write the legislation and says that nailing down the definition of what constitutes solitary confinement was an important component of the bill.

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Truthout
Wednesday, February 4, 2015

"I believe that there is a way to strike a balance between public interest in information while really respecting folks' rights as individuals who have not yet been convicted of anything," said Zachary Norris, executive director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, which seeks to reduce the threat of incarceration facing communities of color. 

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East Bay Express
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Alameda County continues to invest heavily in jail cells while failing to put public safety funds toward critical social services for the formerly incarcerated.

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San Jose Mercury News
Sunday, January 25, 2015

State Sen. Mark Leno has just introduced a bill to limit the use of solitary confinement in California state and county juvenile correctional facilities.

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People's World
Friday, January 23, 2015

OAKLAND, Calif. - Supporters of the 50% for Jobs not Jails campaign rallied at the Alameda County Administration Building here Jan. 20 to urge the five members of the county Board of Supervisors to increase funding for community-based reentry programs and services for people coming out of incarceration.

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The Chronicle of Social Change
Monday, January 19, 2015

It is not ordinary to see people lined up around the block to hear a panel discussion on juvenile justice. But on the evening of Jan. 14 in downtown Oakland, California, nearly 200 people gathered for a conversation about, as moderator Lateefah Simon of the Rosenberg Foundation put it, “how we end the brutal systems we’ve created.”

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East Bay Express
Friday, January 16, 2015

Senate Bill 124, from Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) and co-sponsored by the Oakland-based Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, would establish specific, limited circumstances in which state and county juvenile correctional facilities would be permitted to place someone in solitary confinement.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Sacramento, CA –Senator Mark Leno introduced legislation today that would limit the use of solitary confinement in state and county juvenile correctional facilities in California. The Ella Baker Center, along with Youth Justice Coalition, Children’s Defense Fund, and California Public Defenders Association, co-sponsored the bill.

 

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Oakland Tribune
Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Fourteen Black Lives Matter activists were arrested on Black Friday for interrupting BART service. Initially, the Alameda County District Attorney and BART's Board of Directors demanded $70,000 from those activists in victim's restitution payments for lost ridership.

The BART board and the district attorney should heed the call of thousands of people who are calling for the charges against the #BlackFriday14 to be dropped.

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