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Young Prisoners Faced 24-Hour Confinement, Classes in Closets

by Trey Bundy
Jun 06, 2011


“Our young people can’t afford one more day in these abusive conditions,” said Sumayyah Waheed of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, an Oakland nonprofit that has argued for the closure of DJJ for several years.

KPFA Special Broadcast

May 18, 2011


California is slashing funding for education and health care while billions of dollars in incarceration costs remain untouched.

Oakland gang injunctions win tailored support from City Council

by Sean Maher
May 18, 2011


Owen Li of the Ella Baker Center called on the council to defund the injunctions, calling them obstacles to success. "There are not good young people who deserve opportunity and bad young people who deserve to be thrown in jail," Li said. "That division is false."

During "State of Emergency" for Education in California, Oakland Unified Endures Cuts

by Barbara Grady
May 13, 2011


California spends $216,000 on each youth it incarcerates, but only about $6,000 on each child it educates.

Calif. parents press tax hikes to fund schools

May 11, 2011


Parent groups joined California teachers Tuesday on the front lines of a weeklong series of rallies against the possibility of deep budget cuts to education, demanding that state lawmakers raise revenue to adequately fund public schools.

Parents, Teachers Push Tax Hikes To Fund Public Schools

May 11, 2011


Parents are joining teachers in their week-long series of protests, demanding that state lawmakers make sure public schools are adequately funded.

Families rally in Sacramento May 10th: Books not Bars

by Peggy Reskin
May 10, 2011


Families from Berkeley, Oakland and all of the Bay Area have met the groundswell to reach Governor Jerry Brown with a demand that we need close prisons for youth offenders, releasing $102,000 per prisoner and prioritize with our state money education, to bring about the best future for California.

AM Alert: Teachers' panel in the hot seat

by Torey Van Oot
May 10, 2011


Comparing cost of education and incarceration will be the focus of a 9:30 a.m. presser with parents from "Books Not Bars" and other organizations on the South Steps of the Capitol. Keep an eye on Capitol Alert and our Twitter feed for updates on the ongoing demonstrations, including whether any of the protesters land behind bars themselves.

Oakland's Energy and Climate Action Plan can still be realized even with city deficits

by Barbara Grady
Apr 27, 2011


"Now the real question is how will the plan be implemented," said Emily Kirsch of the Ella Baker Center, the lead facilitator of the Oakland Climate Action Coalition of numerous community groups who contributed to the plan.

The future of juvenile justice

by Rina Palta
Apr 25, 2011


Owen Li of the Ella Baker Center’s Books Not Bars, "Youth prison has become a stepping stone for adult prison. We should not throw away youth."


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