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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

Highly Acclaimed Documentary “HEIST” Debuting in Oakland at the Historic Grand Lake Theater

Contact Media Relations Manager Abel Habtegeorgis (510) 910 - 2672 Film highlights the roots of of the American economic crisis, struggles of millions of middle class Americans, nationwide occupy movement. (Oakland,CA) - Producers of the explosive new documentary “Heist” join community... Read More

California Youth Prison Agrees to Improve Inmate Living Conditions Following Online Campaign

Contact - Media Relations Manager: Abel Habtegorgis (510) 910 - 2672 CAMARILLO, CA – Over 10,000 people joined a popular campaign on in partnership with the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, demanding improved living conditions at a California youth prison. As a result, the... Read More