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:

Probation Chiefs and Youth Advocates Partner on Legislation to Address Room Confinement in Juvenile Facilities

CONTACT: Laura Dixon, Chief Probation Officers of California, or 510.384.3020 Zaineb Mohammed, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, or 510.285.8236 Sacramento, CA – The Chief Probation Officers of California (CPOC) and youth... Read More

Ella Baker Center Statement on Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2016

Today, Governor Jerry Brown announced a ballot initiative that will reduce wasteful spending on prisons, improve rehabilitation, and require judges instead of prosecutors to decide whether youth should be tried as adults. The following is a statement from Ella Baker Center for Human Rights Director... Read More

Demanding Justice for Mario Woods

On Wednesday, December 2, a young Black man named Mario Woods was shot multiple times and killed by five San Francisco police officers who opened fire as he walked away. The horrific incident was caught on camera and posted online by a bystander. The following is a statement from the staff of the... Read More Invests $2.35 million in Community Organizations Fighting for Racial Justice

Contact: Zaineb Mohammed, Communications Manager:, 510-285-8236 Oakland, CA—Yesterday, announced a $2.35 million investment in the movement for racial justice via grants to three community groups in the Bay Area. The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights is... Read More

Ella Baker Center Statement on #AssaultAtSpringValleyHigh

On October 26, a female student at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, South Carolina, was violently thrown from her desk and arrested by Richland County Sheriff’s Deputy Ben Fields. The following is a statement from the staff of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights regarding this... Read More

Caravan for Justice to Mobilize Communities Throughout California Against Police Violence

Oakland, CA—From October 3 through October 10, a #CaravanForJustice featuring survivors of law enforcement violence and grassroots organizers will travel throughout California to mobilize communities of color against police brutality. Led by the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, in... Read More

Night Out for Safety and Liberation: Nationwide Movement to Redefine Public Safety on August 4th

On Tuesday, August 4 th , organizations across the country will host a Night Out for Safety and Liberation, an alternative to National Night Out where community members can re-imagine and redefine what public safety means to them. Every year, more than 30 million people in the U.S. participate in... Read More

Ella Baker Center Statement on Shooting at Charleston Church

On Wednesday night, a shooter killed nine people who had gathered at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina to pray. The following is a statement from the staff of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights about this tragedy: We send our deepest and most sincere... Read More

The Ella Baker Center's Statement Supporting #OurBudgetOurCity Day of Action

On Wednesday, June 10th, the Refund Oakland coalition is organizing a day of action demanding that city offiicals refund and reinvest in Oakland. The following is Ella Baker Center Executive Director Zachary Norris' statement supporting the action, and denouncing the city's nighttime... Read More

Leno Bill Limiting Use of Solitary Confinement in Juvenile Facilities Clears Senate

SACRAMENTO – Legislation that limits the use of solitary confinement at state and county juvenile correctional facilities passed the Senate today. Senate Bill 124, authored by Senator Mark Leno, creates statewide standards that encourage the use of less damaging and more effective... Read More