Press Releases

Ella Baker Center Statement on Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2016

Jan 27, 2016


We support this ballot initiative as a critical step towards ending our reliance on prisons and punishment as an answer to every public safety concern. Too many of our state resources are currently spent on incarceration, and the result is separated families and less safe communities. With this initiative, more people inside state prisons will be eligible for early release, as well as earlier consideration for parole.


Demanding Justice for Mario Woods

by Taina Vargas-Edmond
Dec 03, 2015


On Wednesday, December 2, a young Black man named Mario Woods was shot multiple times and killed by five San Francisco police officers who opened fire as he walked away. The horrific incident was caught on camera and posted online by a bystander. The following is a statement from the staff of the Ella Baker Center regarding this tragedy: Invests $2.35 million in Community Organizations Fighting for Racial Justice

Nov 04, 2015


Oakland, CA—Yesterday, announced a $2.35 million investment in the movement for racial justice via grants to three community groups in the Bay Area. The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights is honored to be among the first recipients, along with Silicon Valley De-Bug and OUSD’s African American Male Achievement Program.


Ella Baker Center Statement on #AssaultAtSpringValleyHigh

by Taina Vargas-Edmond
Oct 28, 2015


On October 26, a female student at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, South Carolina, was violently thrown from her desk and arrested by Richland County Sheriff’s Deputy Ben Fields. The following is a statement from the staff of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights regarding this incident.

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.


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