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In Oakland, A Creative Strategy for Financing the City's Solar Roofs

by Maria Gallucci
Apr 22, 2011

 

Using a new "crowdfunding" program called Solar Mosaic, the city is selling solar tiles to locals for $100 a pop and installing them on public buildings.

Ella Baker Center for Human Rights makes film, wins award

by Kristin J. Bender
Apr 19, 2011

 

A film made by the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights highlighting the injustices and solutions to California's youth prison problem has won a 2010 Prevention for a Safer Society award.

Most California voters say possessing small amount of illegal drugs should be misdemeanor, not felony

by John Hoeffel
Apr 11, 2011

 

A strong majority of California voters believe the penalty for possession of a small amount of an illegal drug for personal use should be reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor...

Voters Say Less Jail Time For Heroin and Cocaine Users, Poll Shows Source: The Bay Citizen

by Trey Bundy
Apr 11, 2011

 

A majority of California voters favor lower penalties for smalltime drug users and many would support political candidates in favor of such reform, according to a statewide poll released Monday.

California Corrections "Realignment" Not Nearly Enough

by Phillip Smith
Apr 06, 2011

 

On Monday, Gov. Brown signed Assembly Bill 109, the law shifting responsibility for many low-level offenders to the counties. The law is designed to stop the "revolving door" of low-level offenders cycling and recycling through the prison system, Brown said in a signing statement.

The Top 15 Civil Rights Leaders Of The 21st Century

by Bakari Kitwana and Hakim Hasan
Mar 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.

East Bay tops among California's most diverse places

by Eric Kurhi and Matt O'Brien
Mar 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.

States making juvenile detention more localized

by Martha Moore
Mar 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.

Activists Still Push to Close California’s Youth Prisons

by Thoai Lu
Mar 08, 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.”

The Next Generation: A series of vignettes about youth activism across the country

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."

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