March, 2011

News One
Monday, March 21, 2011
Van Jones —who cut his teeth as a grassroots activist using hip-hop as a tool to engage youth in social change around issues like police brutality, education, and incarceration via his organization, the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights—turned his attention to green jobs as a way of alleviating dual issues of America’s environmental neglect and chronic joblessness in urban America and beyond. > more
Oakland Tribune
Friday, March 18, 2011
For some, the increasing diversity of East Bay neighborhoods masks a more troubling phenomenon: Minorities who once concentrated in Bay Area cities such as San Francisco and Oakland are being priced out, leaving for suburban areas that are not much better off economically, said Nwamaka Agbo, organizer at the Oakland-based Ella Baker Center. > more
USA Today
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Some advocates say the California state youth agency has been so bad for so long that it should be scrapped for good. "Right now we're dooming them all to certain hell." says Jakadi Imani, executive director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights in Oakland. > more
Colorlines
Tuesday, March 8, 2011

“[Brown] gotten some pressure from folks who have interests in keeping youth prisons open, like special interest groups,” Habtegeorgis told Colorlines. “He’s trying to compromise to keep certain facilities open, but also allow counties to have a financial incentive to keep youth in their county lines.”

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The American Prospect - Colorblinded: In the Obama Era, is America closer to racial healing?
Monday, March 7, 2011
The tension between police and Oakland youth is palpable on the streets, says Crystallee Crain, founder of Heal the Streets, a violence prevention and youth leadership development program at the center: "They feel it at school, as consumers in stores; they feel it while they're driving down the streets." > more
La Opininón
Sunday, March 6, 2011
En total, California tiene 1,234 presos juveniles, más de la mitad hispanos y un cuarto de ellos de Los Ángeles. > more