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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."

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.


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