We Keep Us Safe - The Ella Baker Center

Welcome to the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights!

We’re glad you’re interested in WE KEEP US SAFE and have found your way to the transformative grassroots work of shifting resources from punishment and prison to public-health and care. If you don’t have your copy of WE KEEP US SAFE yet, get it now! All proceeds benefit the Ella Baker Center.

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What We Know

Everyone wants to live in a healthy and strong community that they have the opportunity to help shape.

Prisons, policing, and punishment-based approaches make us less safe, and prevent people of color and low-income communities from influencing policies that impact our lives. Communities face struggling schools, family separation, and a lack of opportunities as a direct result of being disproportionately policed and punished.

You may have already read about Anita in WE KEEP US SAFE. She knows first hand what it means to be evicted because of the clash of so many systems that oppress young women. Anita, turned to organizing her community to support each other. In WE KEEP US SAFE, she shared her full story of how homeless “sweeps” wipe out entire villages, stir conflict and ultimately end up filling the prison system. She shares that being housed can be a healing balm to so many public-health and public financial crises. 

You can join Anita right here, right now. Become a part of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights campaign Heal Not Harm: Homelessness is Not A Crime and join with us and the coalition to make housing a human right. 

If you don’t have your copy of WE KEEP US SAFE, get it today! Read Anita’s full story and know that all proceeds from book sales benefit the Ella Baker Center and the work we’re doing like the Heal Not Harm campaign.

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Who We Are

We are named after Ella Baker, a brilliant, black hero of the civil rights movement. Following in her footsteps, we organize with Black, Brown, and low-income people to shift resources away from prisons and punishment, and towards opportunities that make our communities safe, healthy, and strong. 

We organize at the grassroots at the Local level focusing on and funding, the State level focusing on changing policy [to free our people], and at the National level changing the narrative on public safety to be less focused on fear and punishment, and more focused on having a living wage job, healthy food, and affordable childcare, healthcare, and housing. 

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We Need You

Our vision: The Ella Baker Center’s membership is a way for anyone, anywhere—especially those who have been harmed by the justice system—to join the movement to create a truly safe and just nation. Together, we will organize to win jobs not jails, books not bars, and healthcare not handcuffs. Like our namesake Ella Baker, we believe in the power of ordinary people to create change and community-driven solutions.