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:

Senator Nancy Skinner Joins Growing Movement Calling for an Audit of Alameda County Sheriff Ahern

Contact: Terence Long, 510-936-0344 Oakland, California -- In a letter to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) expressed concern about reports of abuse and civil rights violations by the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) and support for Alameda... Read More

Ella Baker Center Commends Governor Newsom’s Proposal to Reform California’s Juvenile Justice System

Ella Baker Center Commends Governor Newsom’s Proposal to Reform California’s Juvenile Justice System Reaffirms Call to Replace Youth Prisons with Effective Alternatives Press contact: Terence Long, 510-936-0344 California Governor Gavin Newsom’s budget proposal for the 2019-20... Read More

Ella Baker Center Members Disrupt California Lottery Commission Meeting, Call for Alameda Sheriff Accountability

Ella Baker Center Members Disrupt California Lottery Commission Meeting, Call for Alameda Sheriff Accountability As demands for an audit of the Sheriff’s Office grow, community members, leaders and advocates traveled to Sacramento to confront the Lottery Commission Chair, Alameda County... Read More

Loitering Law Targeting Oakland Public Housing Residents is Repealed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October 31, 2018 Contact: Terence Long, 510-936-0344 Loitering Law Targeting Oakland Public Housing Residents is Repealed Advocates Say Harassment by the Oakland Housing Authority Police Remains an Issue OAKLAND, CA - Facing a federal lawsuit filed by residents of Lockwood...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

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... 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