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Oakland Tribune
Tuesday, December 31, 2013

His goal as the new executive director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights is a big one: curbing the incarceration of African-American and Latino youths. But those who work alongside Zachary Norris say the 36-year-old has the right blend of smarts, passion and people skills to tackle one of the nation's most vexing problems.

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Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
Thursday, October 3, 2013

Learn more about the life and motivation of Ella Baker Center's Executive Director Zachary Norris. This is an 

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Capital Public Radio
Tuesday, August 27, 2013

California Governor Jerry Brown’s proposal to alleviate prison overcrowding is generating opposition from activists who oppose adding more space to the state’s prison system.

“There are clear, viable alternatives to reduce the prison population, including compassionate release, including expanding good time credits. So it’s a false choice that the governor is making,” says Zachary Norris with the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights.

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Fresno Bee
Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Anticipating that Gov. Jerry Brown will soon release a plan to expand California's prison capacity in response to a federal court order to reduce inmate crowding, activists who say the state should not spend any more money on its prisons protested at a rally outside the Capitol today.

"The governor is planning to raid the reserves to expand prisons," said Zachary Norris, executive director of the Oakland-based Ella Baker Center for Human Rights.

"If we are raiding the state's meager reserves to pay for prisons, we are not investing in the future of this state."

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East Bay Express
Wednesday, August 21, 2013

A lawsuit against East Bay juvenile authorities and legislation in Sacramento seek to greatly limit the practice of locking up youth in solitary confinement for months at a time.

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Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
Thursday, August 8, 2013

In cities across the country, millions of people held street parties for National Night Out. Ella Baker Center Executive Director Zachary Norris explains how this is an opportunity for neighbors to have a more nuanced conversation about public safety.

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KALW News
Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Ella Baker Center Executive Director Zachary Norris joins Rose Aguilar on KALW's Your Call radio call in show to discuss how we can create true safety in our communities. After George Zimmerman, it's become more apparent than ever that we need to see our neighbors, not watch them. Zachary and the other panelists Akil Truso and Todd David answer questions such as "How effective are neighborhood watch programs?" and "What is the right role for law enforcement to play in community building?"

Listen to the full show on KALW.org.

 

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Zachary Norris, former Books Not Bars campaign director, will return to the Ella Baker Center as Executive Director; civil rights luminaries Van Jones and Michelle Alexander will join the Board.
 
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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

SB 61, which was authored by Senator Leland Yee of San Francisco and would limit and discourage the use of solitary confinement in local and state juvenile facilities, made its out of the Senate floor today and heads to the Assembly in the coming weeks.

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LA Times
Sunday, May 12, 2013

The LA Times Editorial Board reiterates its support for ending solitary confinement for young people and calls for the California legislature to pass SB 61 to regulate and document solitary confinement for youth in California.

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