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:

Advocates Celebrate Governor Newsom’s Signature on SB 136, Dismantling a Cruel, Ineffective Sentence Enhancement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 8, 2019 Contact: Ashley Chambers: ashley@ellabakercenter.org , 510-417-6071 Advocates Celebrate Governor Newsom’s Signature on SB 136, Dismantling a Cruel, Ineffective Sentence Enhancement The Governor’s signature reins in an expensive and racially... Read More

California Lawmakers Pass Historic Bill Abolishing Copays in Jails and Prisons

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact: Ashley Chambers, Ella Baker Center, ashley@ellabakercenter.org , 510-417-6071 Daisy Vieyra, ACLU, dvieyra@acluca.org , 916-824-3266 California Lawmakers Pass Historic Bill Abolishing Copays in Jails and Prisons If signed by the governor, AB 45 would eliminate... Read More

Ella Baker Center for Human Rights Calls on California Legislature to Dismantle Cruel, Ineffective Sentence Enhancement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 14, 2019 Press Contact : Ashley Chambers, Ella Baker Center, ashley@ellabakercenter.org, 510-417-6071 Daisy Vieyra, ACLU, dvieyra@acluca.org, 916-824-3266 Ella Baker Center for Human Rights Calls on California Legislature to Dismantle Cruel, Ineffective Sentence... Read More

Restore Oakland’s Job Training Facility and Community Resource Center Opens Its Doors

For Immediate Release July 23, 2019 Press Contact: Marla Wilson, Resource Media, 415-971-9038, marla@resource-media.org Terence Long, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, 510-936-0344, terence@ellabakercenter.org Restore Oakland’s Job Training Facility and Community Resource Center Opens Its... Read More

Outrage Grows Over Alameda County Sheriff’s Lack of Accountability

For Immediate Release July 11, 2019 Outrage Grows Over Alameda County Sheriff’s Lack of Accountability Press Contact: Ashley Chambers, ashley@ellabakercenter.org, 510-417-6071 OAKLAND-- As details surrounding the in-custody death of Dujuan Armstrong come to light and inhumane conditions... Read More

Peralta Community College District Joins Call For Sheriff’s Office Audit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE : June 25, 2019 Press Contact: Ashley Chambers, ashley@ellabakercenter.org, 510-417-6071 ; Terence Long, terence@ellabakercenter.org, 510-936-0344 Peralta Community College District Joins Call For Sheriff’s Office Audit OAKLAND, CA -- The Peralta Community College... Read More

Senate Passes Legislation to Repeal Unnecessary One-Year Enhancements on Sentences

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE , May 29, 2019 Contact: Terence Long, terence@ellabakercenter.org Senate Passes Senator Wiener’s Criminal Justice Reform Legislation to Repeal Unnecessary One-Year Enhancements on Sentences SB 136 repeals a commonly used and expensive one-year sentence enhancement that... Read More

California Assembly Approves Eliminating Co-Pays in Prisons and Jails

For Immediate Release - May 23rd, 2019 Press Contact: Terence Long terence@ellabakercenter.org, 510-936-0344 California Assembly Approves Eliminating Co-Pays in Prisons and Jails Sacramento, CA - Today, California’s Assembly passed Assembly Bill 45, authored by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-... Read More

Oakland City Council Passes Resolution Calling for Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Audit

Press Contact: Terence Long, terence@ellabakercenter.org, 510-936-0344 Oakland City Council Passes Resolution Calling for Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Audit The legislation follows calls by Senator Nancy Skinner, Berkeley City Council and community advocates for greater oversight of the... Read More

Legislation to Eliminate Copays for People Incarcerated in California Prisons & Jails Passes First Committee

Press Contact: Daisy Vieyra, 916-824-3266; Ella Baker Center: Terence Long, 510-936-0344 Legislation to Eliminate Copays for People Incarcerated in California Prisons & Jails Passes First Committee Sacramento, CA - Today, California’s Assembly Public Safety Committee voted to pass... Read More