The following post is a part of our series Beyond Bars. Beyond Bars blog posts are pieces sent to us from currently incarcerated people. These posts are not written by Ella Baker Center staff and we try to keep them in their original form. This blog is meant as a way to foster dialogue and build...
Katrina is a member of the Ella Baker Center and was one of the congress planners. You can learn more about our membership and join here ! Attend our next meeting on Wednesday, November 8 . All photos were taken by Brooke Anderson . The first member congress for the Ella Baker Center membership was...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 11, 2017 CONTACT: Zaineb Mohammed, Zaineb@ellabakercenter.org , 630-921-1741 California Governor Signs Historic Drug Sentencing Reform Legislation By signing the RISE Act into law, Governor Brown repealed sentence enhancements for prior drug convictions. Sacramento, CA...
 
But we can’t have effective reinvestment until we acknowledge the truth of this country’s history of racial oppression. Police violence, mass incarceration, and pervasive disenfranchisement of communities of color are the result of slavery, lynch mobs, Jim Crow, disinvestment, and...
As I turned page after mesmerizing page of Shaka Senghor’s memoir Writing My Wrongs , I immediately was reminded of this quote: "Either they don’t know, don’t show, or don’t care about what happens in the ‘hood'." These were the words uttered by rapper...
Last week, reproductive justice advocates celebrated a significant win when the Supreme Court temporarily blocked a Louisiana abortion law and allowed four abortion clinics to re-open. The court is now deciding whether to uphold a Texas law that also places major restrictions on facilities...
On Saturday, December 5th, the Ella Baker Center co-hosted the recurring event, “A Fair Chance to Advance” at Primera Iglesia Presbiteriana Hispana – a Spanish-speaking community church in the heart of Oakland. Through collaboration with the Alameda County Public Defender's...
As a Black woman subject to an intersectionality of oppressions that dehumanize and hypersexualize Black female bodies, the Daniel Holtzclaw trial was one that I identified with on an intimate level. Stemming from the slavery era, crewmembers on the transatlantic voyage, and slave owners would rape...
In Jennifer Maytorena Taylor’s short film, Visiting Day: The Unrelenting Stress of Family Prison Visits , for the Atlantic, she demonstrates the personal and financial tolls that Daisy Gomez faces while her husband, Max, is in federal prison. The story of Daisy and Max’s family has...