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.

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...
I saw Sweet Honey in the Rock perform “Ella’s Song” in college and the words remained in my consciousness for many years. It never occurred to me that life would come full circle, and I would again be stirred by the lyrics at an organization named for the woman who inspired...
The following post is an accompanying piece to Koko’s Beyond Bar entry. Koko is a currently incarcerated trans woman of color. The following is a more in-depth look at the incarceration of trans people on a...
The following post is a part of our series Beyond Bars. Beyond Bars blog posts are pieces sent to us from currently incarcerated people. These posts are not written by Ella Baker Center staff and we try to keep them in their original form. This blog is meant as a way to foster dialogue and...
Katrina is a member of the Ella Baker Center and was one of the congress planners. You can learn more about our membership and join here!Attend our next meeting on Wednesday,...

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