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:

Contra Costa County Bans Solitary Confinement of Youth as Vote Nears to Limit the Isolation of Youth in Juvenile Facilities Across California

Contact: Zaineb Mohammed, Communications Manager, , 630-921-1741 Emily Harris, State Field Director, , 510-285-8231 Contra Costa County Bans Solitary Confinement of Youth as Vote Nears to Limit the Isolation of Youth in Juvenile Facilities Across... Read More

Ella Baker Center Partners with ACLU on Tool to Hold Law Enforcement Accountable

(Los Angeles) – The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights (EBC) is partnering with the ACLU of California to support their launch today of Mobile Justice CA, a free smart phone app allowing Californians to automatically record and submit cell phone videos to their ACLU affiliate when they feel... Read More

Ella Baker Center Wins Jobs Not Jails in Alameda County

Today, on Tuesday, March 24 th , the Ella Baker Center won a major victory in our campaign for Jobs Not Jails in Alameda County. The Board of Supervisors voted to pass Supervisor Keith Carson’s proposal to allocate 50% of the public safety realignment funds towards community-based re-entry... Read More

Ella Baker Center Disrupts Board of Supervisors Meeting, Wins Key Victories for Jobs Not Jails Campaign

Today, on Tuesday, March 3 rd , approximately 75 community members gathered with the Ella Baker Center and peacefully disrupted the Alameda County Board of Supervisors meeting to demand that the county officials support our campaign for Jobs Not Jails. Amidst chants of #JobsNotJails and #... Read More

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