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:

New Report Reaffirms Crisis in Juvenile Justice System, Devastating Impacts on Families & Proposed Solutions

Contact Media Relations Manager Abel Habtegeorgis (510) 910 - 2672 On Tuesday, September 11, Justice for Families and the DataCenter will release a new research report, Families Unlocking Futures: Solutions to the Crisis in Juvenile Justice. This first-of-its kind analysis details how the juvenile... Read More

Cap and Trade Funds Could Be Used to Support Projects In Low-Income Communities Across the State

Contact Media Relations Manager Abel Habtegeorgis (510) 910 - 2672 Bills on Governor’s Desk Would Authorize Hundreds of Millions of Dollars in Investments to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Disadvantaged Communities (SACRAMENTO,CA) - Communities throughout California will benefit from two... Read More

Statement: Chevron Fire Explosion affecting residents of Richmond

The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights is deeply concerned for the residents of Richmond California following a series of explosions that ignited a large fire at the Richmond Chevron Refinery, its second in five years. The Ella Baker Center is launching an email petition urging leaders at Chevron... Read More

Ella Baker Center Honors Three Heroes and Innovators for Annual Gala

Oakland, CA- The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights will host the 2012 Ella Awards on Thursday, September 13, 2012. 6:00 - 9:00 PM, at the Scottish Rite Center (1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland.) The event features food, music, and high-profile special guests from throughout the state of California... Read More

Oakland Prepares for Annual City-Wide Service Day and Festival

Contact Media Relations Manager Abel Habtegeorgis (510) 910 - 2672 (Oakland, CA)- On July 28, 2012, the City of Oakland will have its 2nd Annual Service Festival organized by the award winning Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. Over 30 service projects throughout Oakland and more than 300... Read More

Controversial Youth Prison Practice to End

Contact Media Relations Manager Abel Habtegeorgis (510) 910 - 2672 Dangerous Time Adds Provision No Longer Allowed in California Youth Prisons, Impacting 1,000 Youth After many years, guards at the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) will no longer be able to impose time adds on youths’... Read More

Supreme Court rejects mandatory life-without-parole for youth

Contact Media Relations Manager Abel Habtegeorgis (510) 910 - 2672 On June 25th, 2012 the United States Supreme Court held that mandatory sentences of life without the possibility of parole (“LWOP”) for youth are unconstitutional. In Miller v. Alabama, the Court found that such extreme... Read More

Statement: State Senate Votes Against Lowering Penalty For Drug Possession

Contact Media Relations Manager Abel Habtegeorgis (510) 910 - 2672 The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights is disappointed with the State Senate’s failure to pass common-sense drug reform on May 31, 2012. Senator Mark Leno’s historic bill to make felony drug possession a misdemeanor, co-... Read More

New Poll Confirms 70% Support for Revising CA’S Drug Laws, Across Party and Geographic Lines

Senate Bill 1506 will be voted upon in state senate before the end of the month Voters overwhelmingly believe that California’s prisons and jails are overcrowded and want more alternatives to incarceration for non-violent offenders, according to new poll released today. Support for the shift... Read More

Division of Juvenile Justice to Remain Open, Costing State Over $100 million in Potential Savings

Contact Media Relations Manager Abel Habtegeorgis (510) 910 - 2672 Prisons Spared While Higher Education and Health Services Suffer Further Cuts (Oakland, CA) Despite ongoing failures and shocking abuse , the Governor once again backed down on his budget proposal to close California’s state... Read More