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.

 Kanyon Sayers-Roods sang a native song, honoring our grandmothers as the soothing smell of sage filled the air at San Antonio Park. Then she blessed the...
Ella Baker Center Aswan Boudreaux attended one of the series of panel discussions hosted by the Ella Baker Center in June and shared her experience.
"A trip to the U.S. South to visit the recently opened National Memorial for Peace and Justice, Legacy Museum and other important sites only affirmed for me that building community is the necessary work that we must to do to re-imagine and re-make the world we want to live in."
The President has said the First Step Act will be the best prison reform bill ever passed. It won’t be. While I have never agreed with Donald Trump, I agree with him that...
Artwork by Amir Khadar (@AmirKhadar)As Mother’s Day 2018 draws near, the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights...
Allen Feaster is one of the founding members of Families for Books Not Bars, a statewide network of families of youth incarcerated in California’s youth prisons. Allen’s eighteen-year old son Durrell died inside the Preston Youth Correctional Facility, and Allen turned the pain and...
On September 1, 2017, I attended a public hearing in Sacramento on Prop 57.  Over a hundred people from across California commented on how the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) should revise its suggested “Regulations” on Prop 57.  ...
The wildfires in California over the past few months have once more highlighted the issue of prison labor, and the injustices faced by people locked up. As the wildfires dominated headlines, mainstream media also covered the role incarcerated people play in fighting fires....
I realized, I couldn’t be a bystander anymore....
Those that I love are at the mercy of the inherently unjust systems of education, immigration, and criminal justice.  My mother was 15 when I was born.  She struggled, so the state placed me into foster care.  When the judge ruled that I had to be returned to my mother, the social...

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