Press Room

About the Ella Baker Center

To interview our staff, or learn more about our work, contact:
Terence Long

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:

Senator De Leon Sets Sights on Cleaning-up California’s Most Polluted Neighborhoods

Bill Ensures State is Keeping its Promise of Environmental Justice For Immediate Release: 2/23, 2011 Contact: Abel Habtegeorgis Media Relations Manager (510) 428-3939 x232 (Sacramento, CA) – When California adopted AB 32 in 2006, its landmark global warming... Read More

Advocates Celebrate Historic Proposal to Close Youth Prisons

Seven Year Battle For DJJ Closure Hits Milestone With Governor’s Announcement For Immediate Release: 1/10, 2010 Contact: Abel Habtegeorgis Media Relations Manager (510) 428-3939 x232 (Oakland, CA 12:27pm)- The Ella Baker Center and its Books Not Bars campaign... Read More

Jakada Imani selected for Mayoral Transition Advisory Committee

For Interviews with Jakada, please contact: Abel Habtegeorgis at 510-910-2672 / OAKLAND, CA--- Oakland's Mayor-elect Jean Quan announced the formation of her Transition Advisory Committee today. The Ella Baker Center is thrilled that our Executive Director, Jakada Imani... Read More

New Alameda County Probation Chief Announced

(Oakland,Ca)- Today, Alameda County announced that David Muhammad will become its new Chief Probation Officer. The Ella Baker Center advocated for Mr. Muhammad as a candidate for this position and is thrilled that the County has chosen a successful, reform-minded professional. Mr. Muhammad... Read More

New Report Highlights Stimulus's Impact on Green Growth in California

For Interviews with representatives of the California Green Recovery Network and/or receive a copy of the report please contact Abel Habtegeorgis at 510-910-2672 / The California Green Recovery Network (CGRN) released a report today that breaks down the impact of the... Read More

State To Shut Down Preston Youth Prison

Immediate Release Abel Habtegeorgis: 510.910.2672 or ELLA BAKER CENTER APPLAUDS CLOSURE OF ONE OF THE STATE'S MOST NOTORIOUS YOUTH PRISONS NOTE: Ella Baker Center staff and members of our Families for Books Not Bars Network available for interviews Oakland- The Ella Baker... Read More

Alameda County Administrators Set To Meet with Families Of Incarcerated Youth Regarding Probation Chief Hire

(San Leandro)- Alameda County is currently hiring a new Chief Probation Officer. Families of incarcerated youth will be meeting with County Administrators to call for an opening up of the hiring process for the county probation officer. The meeting will take place Saturday, October 2, 2010 at 11:00... Read More

New Statewide Coalition to Fight Proposition 23

Oakland, CA -- With polling indicating that minority voters may be the key element in the fate of Proposition 23, a historic Coalition has come together to challenge the Texas oil companies' assault on California's clean-energy law. Communities United Against the Dirty Energy Prop , a... Read More

Climate Change Community Benefits Fund headed to Governor's Desk

(Sacramento,CA) - The Climate Change Community Benefits Fund (AB1405), co-sponsored by the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights , successfully passed the legislature today and is headed to Governor Schwarzenegger’s desk for signing. The first bill of its kind would create a fund earmarked for... Read More

Center Honors Three Bay Area-based Heroes and Innovators at Annual Gala

Oakland, CA- The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights will be hosting it’s 4th Annual Ella Awards on October 14, 2010 at the PM The Scottish Rite Center (1520 Lakeside Drive Oakland, CA 94612.) 6:00 PM - 9:00pm. The famed social justice institution will be honoring three Bay Area innovators... Read More