Press Room

About the Ella Baker Center

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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.

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Press Releases:

New Bill Limits Use of Solitary Confinement in Juvenile Facilities

Sacramento, CA –Senator Mark Leno introduced legislation today that would limit the use of solitary confinement in state and county juvenile correctional facilities in California. The Ella Baker Center, along with Youth Justice Coalition, Children’s Defense Fund-CA, and California... Read More

The Ella Baker Center Hosts Human Rights Day Vigil for Jobs Not Jails

Oakland, CA — In honor of Human Rights Day on Wednesday, December 10th, the Ella Baker Center is hosting a vigil for Jobs Not Jails in Oakland. This vigil is part of our campaign calling on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors to put 50% of their public safety budget towards community-... Read More

The Ella Baker Center's Statement on the Darren Wilson Grand Jury Decision

On November 24th, the grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri failed to indict Darren Wilson for the killing of Mike Brown on August 9th. The following is Ella Baker Center Executive Director Zachary Norris' statement on the grand jury's decision, and how we should move forward: "Yesterday we... Read More

Ella Baker Center Announces New Executive Director, Board Members

Zachary Norris, former Books Not Bars campaign director, will return to the Ella Baker Center as Executive Director; civil rights luminaries Van Jones and Michelle Alexander will join Board. Today, we’re thrilled to announce that Zachary Norris, founder and former co-director of Justice for... Read More

CA Bill to Limit Solitary Confinement in Local & State Juvenile Facilities Passes Senate Floor 24-14

Historic SB 61 marks California as national leader in rethinking juvenile justice policies to maximize public safety SACRAMENTO, CA -- Family members of youth who have languished in California's juvenile prisons released a collective sigh of relief as a historic bill made its way out of the... Read More

CA Carbon Auction Begins With New Pledge of Aid for Disadvantaged Areas

Contact Media Relations Manager Abel Habtegeorgis (510) 910 - 2672 SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA – With the California Air Resources Board set to hold its first auction of carbon emissions permits under the state’s cap-and-trade program on Nov. 14, recently-signed legislation guarantees that a... Read More

New Report Reaffirms Crisis in Juvenile Justice System, Devastating Impacts on Families & Proposed Solutions

Contact Media Relations Manager Abel Habtegeorgis (510) 910 - 2672 On Tuesday, September 11, Justice for Families and the DataCenter will release a new research report, Families Unlocking Futures: Solutions to the Crisis in Juvenile Justice. This first-of-its kind analysis details how the juvenile... Read More

Cap and Trade Funds Could Be Used to Support Projects In Low-Income Communities Across the State

Contact Media Relations Manager Abel Habtegeorgis (510) 910 - 2672 Bills on Governor’s Desk Would Authorize Hundreds of Millions of Dollars in Investments to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Disadvantaged Communities (SACRAMENTO,CA) - Communities throughout California will benefit from two... Read More

Statement: Chevron Fire Explosion affecting residents of Richmond

The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights is deeply concerned for the residents of Richmond California following a series of explosions that ignited a large fire at the Richmond Chevron Refinery, its second in five years. The Ella Baker Center is launching an email petition urging leaders at Chevron... Read More

Ella Baker Center Honors Three Heroes and Innovators for Annual Gala

Oakland, CA- The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights will host the 2012 Ella Awards on Thursday, September 13, 2012. 6:00 - 9:00 PM, at the Scottish Rite Center (1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland.) The event features food, music, and high-profile special guests from throughout the state of California... Read More