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:

After decades-long fight against California’s juvenile prison system, advocates and families applaud Governor Newsom’s plan to close youth prisons

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 15, 2020 Press Contacts: Terence Long; Ella Baker Center terence@ellabakercenter.org , 510-936-0344 Ashley Chambers; Ella Baker Center ashley@ellabakercenter.org , 510-285-8227 After decades-long fight against California’s juvenile prison system, advocates and... Read More

Alameda County Has Power to Save Lives inside Santa Rita Jail

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 28, 2020 Alameda County Has Power to Save Lives inside Santa Rita Jail Supervisors to Postpone Vote on Sheriff’s $106 million Annual Funding Request Press Contacts: Ashley Chambers, Ella Baker Center, ashley@ellabakercenter.org 510-285-8227 (NOT FOR PUBLICATION)... Read More

As COVID-19 Reaches Santa Rita Jail, Decarceration Becomes More Urgent

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE As COVID-19 Reaches Santa Rita Jail, Decarceration Becomes More Urgent Press Contacts: Terence Long, Ella Baker Center; terence@ellabakercenter.org (510) 936-0344 Oakland, CA— According to Alameda County jail officials, a nurse in Santa Rita Jail has tested positive for... Read More

Advocates Call for Oakland to Repeal Unconstitutional Anti-Poverty Laws

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 27, 2020 Press Contacts: Terence Long, Ella Baker Center, terence@ellabakercenter.org , 510-936-0344 Ashley Chambers, Ella Baker Center, ashley@ellabakercenter.org , 510-285-8227 Advocates Call for Oakland to Repeal Unconstitutional Anti-Poverty Laws Stress importance... Read More

EBC AND COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS SLAM SHAM AUDIT OF SANTA RITA JAIL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Feb 13, 2020 Contact : Terence Long, terence@ellabakercenter.org , 510-936-0344 ELLA BAKER CENTER AND COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS SLAM SHAM AUDIT OF SANTA RITA JAIL Outrage Grows Over Appalling Conditions, In-Custody Deaths, and Systematic Dysfunction Inside Santa Rita Jail... Read More

EBC Calls for Oakland to Reimagine Justice for People Impacted by Homelessness

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 21, 2020 Press Contacts: Terence Long, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, terence@ellabakercenter.org , 510-936-0344 Ashley Chambers, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, ashley@ellabakercenter.org , 510-417-6071 Ella Baker Center Calls for Oakland to Reimagine Justice... Read More

Ella Baker Center Encouraged by Governor Newsom’s 2020 Budget Proposal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 10, 2020 CONTACT: Terence Long, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, terence@ellabakercenter.org, 510-936-0344 Ella Baker Center Encouraged by Governor Newsom’s 2020 Budget Proposal Oakland, CA –California Governor Gavin Newsom’s budget proposal for... Read More

Alameda County Supervisors Fail to Act as Advocates Call for a People’s Audit of the Sheriff’s Office

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contacts: Ashley Chambers, ashley@ellabakercenter.org, 510-417-6071 Alameda County Supervisors Fail to Act as Advocates Call for a People’s Audit of the Sheriff’s Office Community Members Urge Transparency and Accountability OAKLAND, CA -- After two years of... Read More

California to Become First State to Stop Charging Copays in Jails and Prisons After Governor Signs New Law

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 9, 2019 Press Contacts: Daisy Vieyra, dvieyra@acluca.org, 916-824-3266 Ashley Chambers, ashley@ellabakercenter.org, 510-417-6071 California to Become First State to Stop Charging Copays in Jails and Prisons After Governor Signs New Law AB 45 will eliminate medical and... Read More

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 9, 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