Press Room

About the Ella Baker Center

To interview our staff, or learn more about our work, contact:
Terence Long
Email: terence@ellabakercenter.org


Our namesake Ella Baker was a hero of the civil rights movement and like her, we believe in the power of everyday people to win change. The Ella Baker Center organizes 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.

  • For more information read our About Us page
  • For analysis, updates, and action please visit our blog, Ella's Voice
  • For the latest news articles on our work, visit In the News

 

Press Releases:

Berkeley City Council Demands Audit of Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern

CONTACT: Terence Long, terence@ellabakercenter.org , 510-936-0344 Berkeley, CA - The Berkeley City Council passed a resolution calling for an audit of the Alameda County Sheriff, pointing to a budget that has increased at the same time that the county's jail population has decreased. Over the... Read More

RISE Act and Fair & Just Sentencing Act Head to Senate Appropriations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April, 4 2018 CONTACT: Terence Long, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, terence@ellabakercenter.org , 510-936-0344 RISE Act and Fair & Just Sentencing Act Head to Senate Appropriations Sacramento, CA — Ella Baker Center members and allies traveled to the California... Read More

Ella Baker Center Statement on Rebecca Kaplan’s Request to Audit the Oakland Police Department

On January 29, 2018 Councilmember At-Large Rebecca Kaplan called on Oakland City Auditor Brenda Roberts to conduct, as soon as possible, an audit of the Oakland Police Department. Specifically, Councilmember Kaplan requests: An audit of the police department over-spending, comparing adopted budgets... Read More

Bay Area Leaders Break Ground on New Community Advocacy and Training Center in Oakland

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 6, 2017 Media Contacts: Bilen Mesfin Packwood, bilen@change-llc.com , 510-681-5978 Debi Kar, debi@weareresonance.com , 510-356-7733 Bay Area Leaders Break Ground on New Community Advocacy and Training Center in Oakland Restore Oakland will create opportunities for... Read More

Community Members Demand Audit of Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern During Rally at Board of Supervisors Building

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 21, 2017 CONTACT: Zaineb Mohammed, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, zaineb@ellabakercenter.org , 630-921-1741 Community Members Demand Audit of Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern During Rally at Board of Supervisors Building Oakland, CA—On Tuesday, November... Read More

Ella Baker Center Statement on Findings from California Chief Justice's Bail Workgroup

Today, a workgroup established by Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye to study current bail and pretrial detention practices and provide recommendations for potential reforms released their report , identifying recommendations to overhaul California’s pretrial system. The following is a... Read More

California Governor Signs Historic Drug Sentencing Reform Legislation

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... Read More

California Lawmakers Approve Drug Sentencing Reform Bill as Federal Government Seeks to Revive Shameful War on Drugs

For Immediate Release September 12, 2017 CONTACT: Zaineb Mohammed, (630) 921-1741 , Zaineb@ellabakercenter.org California Lawmakers Approve Drug Sentencing Reform Bill as Federal Government Seeks to Revive Shameful War on Drugs Senate Bill 180, which would repeal sentence enhancements for prior... Read More

Ella Baker Center Demands Alameda County Sheriff’s Department Be Held Accountable for Support of White Supremacy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 15, 2017 Contact: Zaineb Mohammed, Zaineb@ellabakercenter.org , 630-921-1741 Ella Baker Center Demands Alameda County Sheriff’s Department Be Held Accountable for Support of White Supremacy Following the Sheriff’s Department retweet of white supremacist... Read More

California Counties Should Build Upon Distribution of Proposition 47 Statewide Savings with Reinvestment of Local Savings

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 8, 2017 Contact: Zaineb Mohammed, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Zaineb@ellabakercenter.org , 630-921-1741 California Counties Should Build Upon Distribution of Proposition 47 Statewide Savings with Reinvestment of Local Savings Ella Baker Center Statement on Prop 47... Read More

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