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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.

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.


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