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The Ella Baker Center hosted a mutual aid event and livestream concert for Night Out for Safety and Liberation (NOSL) – an annual community-focused event held in cities across the country since 2013. NOSL began as an alternative to the…

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Off of the main yard at Avenal State Prison, fenced off, is their garden – one of the garden sites that the Ella Baker Center had a chance to visit a few months ago to see the Insight Garden Program (IGP) in action.

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There’s something hopeful or resolute about giving life the space to thrive behind prison walls. Prisons are really desolate constructions. The people living and working there are far away, behind metal and stone. That’s why the Insight Garden Program is…

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I wrote a book, WE KEEP US SAFE: Building Secure, Just, and Inclusive Communities, that talks about how we can cultivate public safety and wellness in our neighborhoods. For 200 years, fear has been used to distract and divide our communities…

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Ariana Apostol-Dooley, November 01, 2019 Currently, 50,000 Californians on parole cannot vote because of their criminal history. Between 1976 and 2016, the percentage of people barred from voting as a result of felony disenfranchisement laws increased by more than 500%,…

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Terence Long, October 24, 2019 As The Alameda County Board of Supervisors convened for their annual October retreat, Ella Baker Center members, advocates and family members who have lost loved ones inside Santa Rita jail marched down the block, repeating…

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Ashley Chambers, October 04, 2019 Community members held a candlelight vigil for Dujuan Armstrong and his family October 2, 2019 at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights in Oakland. Ella Baker Center staff and members surrounded Barbara Doss, Dujuan’s…

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Ashley Chambers, September 25, 2019 After lobbying with our members, allies, advocates and formerly incarcerated Californians at the State Capitol last month, calling our legislators, and sharing stories of the people most impacted by sentence enhancements, the California State Assembly…

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If you follow the Ella Baker Center on social media you may have seen the amazing graphics created by Communications Intern Emma Li.

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Norma Orozco, August 15, 2019 On Tuesday August 6, 2019, we brought together over one hundred community members for live music, food, dancing, community building and activism as a part of our seventh annual Night Out for Safety and Liberation….

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Terence Long, July 01, 2019 “In order to see where we are going, we not only must remember where we have been, but we must understand where we have been.” -Ella Jo Baker On a bright sunny afternoon in June,…

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Philippe Kelly, ‘Kels,’ April 30, 2019 This post is a part of our series, Beyond Bars. Beyond Bars blog posts are pieces sent to us from people who are currently incarcerated. These posts are not written by Ella Baker Center…

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