Ella Baker Center first organized in 1996 to demand justice for Aaron Williams, who was killed by San Francisco police, which led to the firing of the officer in charge. Since then, some of EBC and coalition partners’ victories include: 

  • Closing all California youth prisons, with the final three facilities scheduled to close by 2022
  • Removing several sentence enhancements, eliminating thousands of years of incarceration for people in California
  • Launching the Inside/Outside Fellowship, where incarcerated and directly impacted people work with EBC’s policy team to advocate for change

Our 25th Anniversary is a celebration of our model that works: divesting resources from systems of harm and into solutions generated by Black, Brown, and low-income communities.

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By supporting EBC’s 25th Anniversary, you are directly investing in the communities most impacted by policing and prisons.

Upcoming 25th Anniversary Events

Ella Baker Center’s 25th Anniversary Celebration
Online and in person outside of Restore Oakland
Wednesday, October 27th at 6:00pm PST
Register Here by October 15th

At this special event, you will hear from powerhouse organizers and revolutionary thinkers including Michelle AlexanderAlicia Garza, and Xochtil Larios. This event is available both in person and online, and we invite you to choose the option that feels most comfortable to you. The in person event will be outdoors, available to vaccinated guests only, and masks will be required. We are partnering with a certified Covid-19 safety team to implement all possible precautions, such as vaccination verification and compliance officers on site. You can view our full safety protocol and register here. The deadline to register for an in person ticket is October 15th, so reserve your spot today!

Past 25th Anniversary Events

Realizing Racial Justice with Ibram X. Kendi

We kicked off our 25th Anniversary with a powerful conversation with Ibram X. Kendi, acclaimed author of How to Be an Antiracist, about what comes next in the movement for racial justice.

So you want to be a Resource Organizer? Training Workshop

Watch the recording here
At this workshop, we walked supporters  through our easy-to-use Peer-to-Peer Resource Organizing Toolkit and offered key tips about how to run a successful fundraising campaign to support the Ella Baker Center. We’re aiming to have 25 community members run a resource organizing campaign for our 25th Anniversary.  – join us! No prior experience necessary.

Thank you to our 25th Anniversary Sponsors!

Adler & Colvin

LightBox Collaborative

The Morrison & Foerster Foundation

Oaktown Spice Shop

Acme Bread

ThirstyBear Brewing Company

Equator Coffees

Numi Foundation


Square Pie Guys


Community Printers

Vintage Berkeley

Oakland Roots

Bay Rising

Susan Pritzker

Anne Irwin

Shiree Teng

Sheila Jordan

Would you like to learn more about sponsoring EBC’s 25th Anniversary?
Contact [email protected].