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Alameda County continues to invest heavily in jail cells while failing to put public safety funds toward critical social services for the formerly incarcerated.> more
State Sen. Mark Leno has just introduced a bill to limit the use of solitary confinement in California state and county juvenile correctional facilities.> more
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.> more
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.”> more
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.> more
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.
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.> more
How do we go from "hands up, don't shoot" and professional athletes donning "I can't breathe" T-shirts to concrete action that will begin to alter the odious statistic that black teen males are 21 times more likely to be shot by the police than their white peers?
Zachary Norris, executive director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights in Oakland, says young leaders around the country have already begun organizing around issues of inequality. They include the Black Youth Project in Chicago, the Dream Defenders in Florida and Black Lives Matter.
"It's an example of a kind of modern day Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee," Norris said, referring to the student organization that civil rights leader Ella Baker launched to register blacks to vote in the South.> more
In honor of Human Rights Day on Wednesday, December 10th, the Ella Baker Center is hosting a vigil for Jobs Not Jails in Oakland. This vigil is part of our campaign calling on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors to put 50% of their public safety budget towards community-based programs and services that prioritize job training, education, healthcare, and restorative justice initiatives.> more
A daylong summit to discuss ways to work to end mass incarceration and implement restorative justice was held recently in Oakland.
Another workshop led by the Ella Baker Center talked about how youth and their parents can get involved in justice reinvestment. Through their “50 percent for Jobs Not Jails, Books Not Bars, Healthcare Not Handcuffs” campaign, they are seeking political action to reinvest money from the prison system to fund more programs and services in the community.> more