To honor the life of Ariel Rose Hershcopf, her mother, Naomi Baran, and fiance, Major Jones, have established a fund to provide support to the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, specifically their new project Restore Oakland.
Born and raised in Oakland, Ariel was a passionate advocate for social justice throughout her life. At UC Berkeley she studied social welfare and education, and her dream was to make a difference in the lives of marginalized youth in East Oakland.
Ariel would have loved Restore Oakland, a community advocacy and training center where East Oakland families can create a new vision for community safety. Please join us in honoring her memory by making a tax-deductible donation that will directly impact the realization of this inspiring project.
The Ella Baker Center
Based in Oakland, California, the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights advances racial, gender, and economic justice to ensure dignity and opportunity for low-income people and people of color. EBC is named after Ella Baker (1903-1986), a largely behind-the-scenes organizer and architect of the civil rights movement who believed in the power of everyday people to change lives. After decades of organizing for transformative social change, we’ve come to understand that there is a desperate need for a new vision of community safety – one that’s grounded in restorative justice and economic opportunity. This need led us to our most ambitious project ever: Restore Oakland.
A joint initiative between the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, Restore Oakland is a community advocacy and training center that will mobilize Bay Area community members to transform our economic and justice systems and make a safe and healthy future possible for themselves and for their families. Our model is unique because we lead with grassroots organizing and advocacy to build real power and self-determination for our communities, while also providing hands-on job training, cooperative food enterprise incubation, restorative justice mediation, housing rights services, and safe space for community organizing and mobilizing — all in one space.