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Night Out for Safety and Liberation: Nationwide Movement to Redefine Public Safety on August 4th

Aug 03, 2015


On Tuesday, August 4th, organizations across the country will host a Night Out for Safety and Liberation, an alternative to National Night Out where community members can re-imagine and redefine what public safety means to them.

Ella Baker Center Statement on Shooting at Charleston Church

Jun 18, 2015


On Wednesday night, a shooter killed nine people who had gathered at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina to pray. The staff at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights offer our sincere condolences to those affected by this tragedy, and urge a process of truth and reinvestment moving forward. 


The Ella Baker Center's Statement Supporting #OurBudgetOurCity Day of Action

Jun 10, 2015


Today, the Refund Oakland coalition is calling for a day of action to demand that Oakland spend its resources on the needs of its residents. We stand in solidarity with the demands of the coalition, asking for a reinvestment in tenants and housing, workers, equity, public services, and responsible development. As Mayor Libby Schaaf and Oakland's city councilmembers negotiate the city's new budget, they must focus on rebuilding communities in Oakland that have been most damaged by criminalization, incarceration, and law enforcement violence.

Leno Bill Limiting Use of Solitary Confinement in Juvenile Facilities Clears Senate

Jun 02, 2015


Legislation that limits the use of solitary confinement at state and county juvenile correctional facilities passed the Senate today.

Contra Costa County Bans Solitary Confinement of Youth as Vote Nears to Limit the Isolation of Youth in Juvenile Facilities Across California

May 20, 2015


Yesterday, the Contra Costa County Probation Department agreed to end its use of solitary confinement for all youth detained in Contra Costa County Juvenile Hall. Advocates hope that this groundbreaking victory for youth and their families will create momentum for the passage of Senate Bill 124, legislation introduced earlier this year by Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) that would limit and regulate the use of solitary confinement in juvenile facilities throughout California.

Ella Baker Center Partners with ACLU on Tool to Hold Law Enforcement Accountable

Apr 30, 2015


(Los Angeles)  – The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights (EBC) is partnering with the ACLU of California to support their launch today of Mobile Justice CA, a free smart phone app allowing Californians to automatically record and submit cell phone videos to their ACLU affiliate when they feel law enforcement officers are violating civil rights.

Ella Baker Center Wins Jobs Not Jails in Alameda County

by Zaineb Mohammed
Mar 24, 2015


Today, on Tuesday, March 24th, the Ella Baker Center won a major victory in our campaign for Jobs Not Jails in Alameda County. 

Ella Baker Center Disrupts Board of Supervisors Meeting, Wins Key Victories for Jobs Not Jails Campaign

Mar 03, 2015


During our rally for a Jobs Not Jails budget at the Alameda County Board of Supervisors meeting on March 3rd, the Ella Baker Center disrupted business as usual and won some key victories.



New Bill Limits Use of Solitary Confinement in Juvenile Facilities

Jan 16, 2015


Sacramento, CA –Senator Mark Leno introduced legislation today that would limit the use of solitary confinement in state and county juvenile correctional facilities in California. The Ella Baker Center, along with Youth Justice Coalition, Children’s Defense Fund, and California Public Defenders Association, co-sponsored the bill.


The Ella Baker Center Hosts Human Rights Day Vigil for Jobs Not Jails

Dec 08, 2014


In honor of Human Rights Day on Wednesday, December 10th, the Ella Baker Center is hosting a vigil for Jobs Not Jails in Oakland. This vigil is part of our campaign calling on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors to put 50% of their public safety budget towards community-based programs and services that prioritize job training, education, healthcare, and restorative justice initiatives.


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