Ella's Voice

Welcome to the blog of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights! This is where we share reflections from the movement to end mass incarceration and criminalization, analysis on criminal, economic, and racial justice issues, and updates on our work. Please read, share, and comment.

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%, from 1.17 million to a record...
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 calls for a full and transparent audit of the Alameda County Sheriff...
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 mother, with an outpouring of love, prayers, positive thoughts, and...
After lobbying with our members, allies, advocates and formerly incarcerated Californians at the State Capitol last month, calling our legislators, and sharing...
If you follow the Ella Baker Center on social media you may have seen the amazing graphics created by Communications Intern Emma Li, who contributed so much creativity during her short time with the Ella Baker Center this summer....
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. The free Oakland event brought together families, community activists, artists,...
“In order to see where we are going, we not only must remember where we have been, but we must understand where we have...
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 staff and we try to keep them in their original form. The Beyond Bars series is meant to foster...
California has one of the highest rates of police violence in the country, and people of color are disproportionately the victims of violence at the hands of law enforcement. According to the Mapping Police Violence Project, of 1,072 people killed...
The Fair and Just Sentencing Reform Act of 2018 - SB 1393 (Mitchell and Lara)This year was an amazing year for Criminal...