2010-07

Read the latest coverage of our work in the media, as well as the opinion pieces written by our team. To interview anyone on our staff, please contact Zaineb Mohammed: zaineb@ellabakercenter.org, 510-285-8236. 

Learning From Our Mistakes Premiere

Sumayyah Waheed talks about the world premiere of Learning From Our Mistakes on KPFA Morning show. The Morning Show - July 20, 2010 at 7:00am Click to listen (or download ) Read More

Time to “learn from our mistakes”: new film on youth prisons

The Oakland-based Ella Baker Center for Human Rights was established in 1996 with a mission “to document, challenge and expose human rights abuses.” In 2001, the Center launched its “ Books Not Bars ” initiative, which aims to replace expensive, ineffective youth prisons... Read More

Oakland violence spurs teens to independent research, discoveries

OAKLAND — City and neighborhood communities are important, certainly, and have a role in healing Oakland's sorrows, just as churches, families and couples do. But in the end, much tragedy is caused or averted by what happens inside one person's mind, and as one group of local teens... Read More

Jakada Imani on Rachel Maddow

Ella Baker Center's Executive Director Jakada Imani shares his perspective on the MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show in the aftermath of Johannes Mehserle's manslaughter conviction for shooting Oscar Grant... Read More

Federal Justice for Oscar Grant

Minutes 2:40 - 3:45. Meredith Fenton urges federal prosecution of Mesherly and two other former Bart officers for their crimes against Oscar Grant. Flashpoints - July 13, 2010 at 5:00pm Click to listen (or download ) Read More

Workers Advocate for California's Green Economy

Green-collar workers gathered in Sacramento Tuesday to tell state lawmakers that they have already benefited from the green economy, and urged policymakers to support laws that create more green jobs. The event was organized by green jobs advocates with the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, a... Read More

Advocates prepare for peace in Oakland in advance of Mehserle verdict

OAKLAND — Advocates around Oakland are calling for peace even as a share of storefronts in the city disappeared behind layers of plywood in advance of a verdict in the Johannes Mehserle trial. "This is about people coming together," said Abel Habtegeorgis, of the Ella Baker Center for Human... Read More

Financing for energy retrofits coming soon, but facing hurdles

North Oakland homeowners may soon have incentives to insulate their walls, upgrade windows and install solar panels, thanks to a countywide program set to launch this fall. Through the Alameda County Energy Efficiency and Green Retrofit Program, owners of residential property in the county can get... Read More

BART case: As Oakland awaits Mehserle verdict, a push for peace

Los Angeles Oakland police are undergoing refreshers on crowd-control. Businesses are boarding up storefronts and removing dumpsters. City officials are calling for cool heads. Bloggers and columnists are pleading for public calm. Anxious anticipation reigns as the city of Oakland awaits the... Read More

Personnel Profile: Alejandro Estrada and Abel Habtegeorgies

Representatives from the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights advocated for AB 32 at the Capitol, spreading the message about the need for sustainable jobs. Alejandro Estrada served as one of their representatives. He, along with media relations manager Abel Habtegeorgies talk about the importance of... Read More