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:

Loitering Law Targeting Oakland Public Housing Residents is Repealed

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 31, 2018 Contact: Terence Long, 510-936-0344 Loitering Law Targeting Oakland Public Housing Residents is Repealed Advocates Say Harassment by the Oakland Housing Authority Police Remains an Issue OAKLAND, CA - Facing a federal lawsuit filed by residents of Lockwood... Read More

Community Organizations Protest Alameda County Sheriff's Office Over Abuses and Lack of Transparency

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 2, 2018 Contact: Terence Long, (510) 936-0344 Ella Baker Center Members and Community Organizations Protest Alameda County Sheriff's Office Over Abuses and Lack of Transparency Following the Release of a Report Detailing Appalling Conditions and Systematic... Read More

Governor Brown Signs Reform Law Allowing Judges to Strike Five-Year Sentence Enhancement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: September 30, 2018 CONTACT: Terence Long, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, terence@ellabakercenter,org, 510-936-0344 California Governor Signs Major Sentencing Reform 

Law Allows Judges to Strike Five-Year Sentence Enhancement for Prior Serious Felony Convictions... Read More

Fair and Just Sentencing Reform Act Heads to Governor's Desk

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 31, 2018 CONTACT: Terence Long, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, terence@ellabakercenter.org, 510-936-0344 California Assembly Passes Bill Allowing Judges to Strike Mandatory Sentence Enhancement for Prior Felony Convictions Bill Now Heads to the Governor’s... Read More

Night Out for Safety and Liberation is About Redefining Public Safety Beyond Policing

CONTACT: Terence Long, terence@ellabakercenter.org, 510-936-0344 Facing rampant gentrification, racist attacks and racial disparities in policing and punishment, Oakland activists and artists united for sixth annual #NOSL to redefine what safety means. OAKLAND, CA​ - Hundreds of community members... Read More

Community Members Protest Sheriff’s Department Budget Increase, Demand Transparency and Accountability

CONTACT: Terence Long, terence@ellabakercenter.org, 510-936-0344 OAKLAND, CA - On Friday, June 29, community members protested outside the Alameda County Board of Supervisors building to demand an audit of Sheriff Gregory Ahern as the Supervisors prepared to vote to adopt the final 2018-2019... Read More

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

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

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