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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."

El futuro es incierto para presos jóvenes

by Araceli Martínez Ortega
Mar 06, 2011


En total, California tiene 1,234 presos juveniles, más de la mitad hispanos y un cuarto de ellos de Los Ángeles.

Man sues SFPD after being tossed from theater

by Dan Noyes
Feb 26, 2011


"That he was just roughed up in this way and then just shoved along is just unacceptable and I think it has to be taken very seriously, this may be a part of a larger pattern or practice of use of excessive force," Jakada Imani, Executive Director of the Ella Baker Center.

State Juvenile Justice Agency a Step Closer to Elimination

by Trey Bundy
Feb 18, 2011


The California Assembly Budget Committee voted Friday in favor of a provision of Gov. Jerry Brown's budget proposal that calls for the elimination of the state's youth prison system.

"We're named after an unsung hero of the civil rights movement..."

by Street Soldiers Radio
Feb 13, 2011


Abel Habtegeorgis, our Media Relations Manager, speaks about our organization's legacy and what we're working on.

Economy; Youth Prison Reform; Ending Black History Month

by Michael Eric Dyson
Feb 09, 2011


Jakada Imani, executive director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights in Oakland, Calif., discusses the possibilities for this radical change. The organization has been advocating since 2004 for the closure of the state's youth prisons.

Two questions about the plan to shut down youth prisons

by Rina Palta
Feb 07, 2011


...groups like the Ella Baker Center in Oakland (through they're Books Not Bars program) has been fighting adamantly for returning the kids in DJJ to the counties for supervision here.

Treating violence as a public health emergency

by Holly Kernan
Feb 02, 2011


"I believe very strongly that this issue isn't taken as seriously as it needs to be and I think that's not hyperbole. If there was this level of violence and loss of young, white men, we would certainly know that we had a national epidemic."

Alameda County Ranks Second in Youth Slayings

by Sonja Sharp
Feb 02, 2011


Alameda County may not be as big or busy as its southern counterparts, but by at least one measure, it outpaces almost every rival: According to a study released Monday, more youth die by violence here than in any county except Los Angeles.


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