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The Ella Baker Center's Statement on the Darren Wilson Grand Jury Decision

Nov 25, 2014


On November 24th, the grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri failed to indict Darren Wilson for the killing of Mike Brown on August 9th. The following is Ella Baker Center Executive Director Zachary Norris' statement on the grand jury's decision, and how we should move forward:

Ella Baker Center Announces New Executive Director, Board Members

Jul 24, 2013


Zachary Norris, former Books Not Bars campaign director, will return to the Ella Baker Center as Executive Director; civil rights luminaries Van Jones and Michelle Alexander will join the Board.

CA Bill to Limit Solitary Confinement in Local & State Juvenile Facilities Passes Senate Floor 24-14

May 29, 2013


SB 61, which was authored by Senator Leland Yee of San Francisco and would limit and discourage the use of solitary confinement in local and state juvenile facilities, made its out of the Senate floor today and heads to the Assembly in the coming weeks.

New Report Reaffirms Crisis in Juvenile Justice System, Devastating Impacts on Families & Proposed Solutions

Sep 11, 2012


Justice for Families and the DataCenter will release a new research report, Families Unlocking Futures: Solutions to the Crisis in Juvenile Justice.

Cap and Trade Funds Could Be Used to Support Projects In Low-Income Communities Across the State

Sep 12, 2012


Bills on Governor’s Desk Would Authorize Hundreds of Millions of Dollars in Investments to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Disadvantaged Communities

Statement: Chevron Fire Explosion affecting residents of Richmond

Aug 08, 2012


We are deeply concerned for the residents of Richmond California following the fire at Richmond Chevron Refinery.

Ella Baker Center Honors Three Heroes and Innovators for Annual Gala

Aug 07, 2012


Award winning Ella Baker Center for Human Rights hosts annual ceremony in Oakland featuring live music, food, and special guests.

Oakland Prepares for Annual City-Wide Service Day and Festival

Jul 26, 2012


More than 30 service projects and more than 300 volunteers confirmed throughout the city followed by music festival at Snow Park dubbed "Throw Down for the Town"

Controversial Youth Prison Practice to End

Jun 26, 2012


Dangerous Time Adds Provision No Longer Allowed in California Youth Prisons, Impacting 1,000 Youth


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