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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.

Today on Your Call: How are you responding to the killing of Trayvon Martin?

by Rose Augilar
Mar 22, 2012


On today's Your Call we’ll talk about neighborhood watch and "Stand Your Ground" laws. There are 21 around the country, including Florida, where, on February 26, Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager, was shot to death by 28-year-old George Zimmerman.

The Changing Face of California's Juvenile Justice System

by Sayre Quevedo
Mar 09, 2012


In the coming months the state of California will see much of its juvenile state prison responsibilities handed down to counties. It's all part of a reform effort spearheaded by Governor Jerry Brown called "realignment."

BART police shifts strategy to focus on more community policing

by Will Reisman
Feb 14, 2012


BART police are adopting a more community-oriented law enforcement strategy, designed to increase officer accountability and help identify systemic crime problems.

[Spanish] Hay más cárceles para menos jóvenes presos

by Araceli Martínez Ortega
Feb 12, 2012


"Entre más cerca estén los presos de sus comunidades y familias y los condados los apoyen con programas innovadores, tienen la ventaja de no reincidir", consideró.

The Interrupters Screens at Oakland Museum Tonight

by Rachel Swan
Feb 09, 2012


The Ella Baker Center teamed up with KQED and Independent Television Service to host tonight's screening, which will include a panel discussion with Ceasefire members, Youth ALIVE!, California Youth Outreach, and Ella Baker Center representative Abel Habtergeorgis.


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