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:

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

Ella Baker Center for Human Rights Set to Premiere Juvenile Justice Film

In the United States, 90,000 youth find themselves in juvenile detention centers on any given night and 2.2 million youth are arrested each year. In California, the state youth prison systems costs $216,000 per child per year while a mere $8,000 per child is allocated to Oakland public schools. It... Read More

Mayor Dellums to Speak at Rally

(OAKLAND,CA)-On March 30, the Oakland City Council has an important meeting to discuss and review a summary of Oakland's Energy and Climate Action Plan (ECAP) to reduce green house gas emissions and fight global warming in Oakland. The Oakland Climate Action Coalition will be hosting a rally that... Read More