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Update: I am so excited to announce that I was recently selected as a 2021 Soros Equality Fellow. The fellowship supports mid-career professionals advancing racial justice through 18-month projects. The fellowship will allow me to be at home with my…

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The Ella Baker Center is launching a new program this fall: Healing Through Action (HTA) is a twelve-week program that seeks to empower community members through advocacy and healing sessions.  HTA is a unique social justice initiative that will combine…

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The Oakland community came together for Night Out for Safety and Liberation (NOSL) this year on August 3 to create spaces of joy, safety, freedom and community. The Restore Oakland parking lot transformed into an entertainment and resource space where…

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Centering Healing and the Leadership of Incarcerated People in the Fight By Ashley Chambers In the past year, communities across the nation have banded together in the fight for racial justice and to defend Black and Brown lives like George…

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Today, we remember Breonna Taylor, a year after her tragic and unjustified police killing at 26 years old. A year of community uprisings and protests to demand justice for Breonna around the country, from Louisville to New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Oakland. A year of her family having to deal with the tremendous loss of their daughter, sister, partner, and friend.

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The fallout from the Capitol is a stark reminder that our notion of justice remains steeped in white supremacy.

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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.

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The concept of justice and exactly what it means to each of us is something that we’ve all engaged with over the past few months, given our current social and political climate.

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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.

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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.

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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 6.1 million.

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