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:

Crowdfunding for Clean Energy Launches in Oakland

Unique Partnership to Bring Clean Energy to Urban Areas For Immediate Release: 4/15, 2011 Contact: Abel Habtegeorgis Media Relations Manager (510) 428-3939 x232 April 15, 2011, Washington, DC -- A groundbreaking partnership of community and business leaders will bring solar... Read More

New Poll Finds Strong Majority of CA Voters Believe Too Many People Imprisoned, Favor Reducing Drug Possession Penalty from a Felony to a Misdemeanor

Voters More Likely to Vote for Candidates Who Support Reducing Drug Possession Penalty For Immediate Release: 4/11, 2011 Contact: Abel Habtegeorgis Media Relations Manager (510) 428-3939 x232 Sacramento – A new statewide poll released today finds that nearly three-... Read More

Local Movie Wins Prestigious Award

FILM HIGHLIGHTING INJUSTICES AND SOLUTIONS FOR CALIFORNIA’S YOUTH PRISON PROBLEM RECEIVES NATIONAL HONOR For Immediate Release: 4/6, 2011 Contact: Abel Habtegeorgis Media Relations Manager (510) 428-3939 x232 Oakland, CA- The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights’... Read More

Team Ella Baker Center Gears Up for Oakland Running Festival Weekend

Slate of Activities Planned for 2nd Annaul Running Festival For Immediate Release: 3/22, 2011 Contact: Abel Habtegeorgis Media Relations Manager (510) 428-3939 x232 Oakland, CA- Team Ella Baker Center is set to participate in the 2nd Annual Oakland Running Festival... Read More

Senator De Leon Sets Sights on Cleaning-up California’s Most Polluted Neighborhoods

Bill Ensures State is Keeping its Promise of Environmental Justice For Immediate Release: 2/23, 2011 Contact: Abel Habtegeorgis Media Relations Manager (510) 428-3939 x232 (Sacramento, CA) – When California adopted AB 32 in 2006, its landmark global warming... Read More

Advocates Celebrate Historic Proposal to Close Youth Prisons

Seven Year Battle For DJJ Closure Hits Milestone With Governor’s Announcement For Immediate Release: 1/10, 2010 Contact: Abel Habtegeorgis Media Relations Manager (510) 428-3939 x232 (Oakland, CA 12:27pm)- The Ella Baker Center and its Books Not Bars campaign... Read More

Jakada Imani selected for Mayoral Transition Advisory Committee

For Interviews with Jakada, please contact: Abel Habtegeorgis at 510-910-2672 / OAKLAND, CA--- Oakland's Mayor-elect Jean Quan announced the formation of her Transition Advisory Committee today. The Ella Baker Center is thrilled that our Executive Director, Jakada Imani... Read More

New Alameda County Probation Chief Announced

(Oakland,Ca)- Today, Alameda County announced that David Muhammad will become its new Chief Probation Officer. The Ella Baker Center advocated for Mr. Muhammad as a candidate for this position and is thrilled that the County has chosen a successful, reform-minded professional. Mr. Muhammad... Read More

New Report Highlights Stimulus's Impact on Green Growth in California

For Interviews with representatives of the California Green Recovery Network and/or receive a copy of the report please contact Abel Habtegeorgis at 510-910-2672 / The California Green Recovery Network (CGRN) released a report today that breaks down the impact of the... Read More

State To Shut Down Preston Youth Prison

Immediate Release Abel Habtegeorgis: 510.910.2672 or ELLA BAKER CENTER APPLAUDS CLOSURE OF ONE OF THE STATE'S MOST NOTORIOUS YOUTH PRISONS NOTE: Ella Baker Center staff and members of our Families for Books Not Bars Network available for interviews Oakland- The Ella Baker... Read More