News Coverage

Across the Country, Neighborhoods Gather, Celebrate National Night Out

by Katy McCarthy
Aug 08, 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.

Today on Your Call: How should neighbors look out for each other?

by Rose Aguilar
Aug 06, 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?"

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Making Connections event addresses ways to improve life in black communities

by Theresa Adams
Feb 27, 2013


In celebration of Black History Month, Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson and other community leaders hosted the 2nd Annual African American Organizations Making Connections “Strategies and Outcomes for Our Black Community” event on Saturday.

Today on Your Call: Who are your local heroes?

by Becca Hoekstra
Sep 13, 2012


On the next Your Call, we’re speaking with the winners of the Ella Baker Center’s “2012 Ellas.”

The High Costs of Outsourcing Police

East Bay Express
by Darwin Bond Graham and Ali Winston
Aug 07, 2012


The East Bay Express talks with the Ella Baker Center's Rhina Ramos about the alarming number of Oakland Cops who live outside the city of Oakland and the effect it has on community and residents.

Change to juvenile prison time could save state millions

by Rina Palta
Jun 27, 2012


With the passage of Wednesday budget, the state stands to save hundreds of millions of dollars — and save juveniles in the state's youth correctional system years of  incarceration. The Ella Baker Center has worked tirelessly for the past few years to bring an end to this harmful practice. KPCC's Rina Palta talks with Sumayyah Waheed of the Ella Baker Center about this important victory. 

[Video] Throw Down for the Town

CBS 5, Evening News
Jul 28, 2012


More than 500 volunteers threw down at projects across Oakland in the morning helping our Town thrive by gardening, picking up litter, creating art, doing community outreach, and feeding hungry folks.

California Senate Votes Against Lowering Penalties for Drug Possession

by Jorge Rivas
Jun 07, 2012


With SB 1506 (co-sponsored by the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights) California Senators had an unprecedented opportunity to create a much needed solution that would save California $200 million per year and make our communities safer. 

Hoodies: Why parents of teens of color have the 'survival' talk

by Angela Hill
Apr 02, 2012


Our very own Shemika Skipworth, Director of Finance and Operations, talks with Angela Hill of the Bay Area News Group about the the difficult conversations she's had to with her son on what it means to be young and black in America. The article breaks down the continued challenges of stereotyping and misperception. 

Correcting youth corrections in California

by Rina Palta
Mar 21, 2012


This week, US Supreme Court took up the issue of life without parole for juvenile offenders. The question for the justices is whether children who commit murder should have the chance at some point in their lives to prove they should be let free.


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