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.

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...
This year was an amazing year for Criminal Justice Reform in California. The weekend of September 30th in particular was a historical moment for criminal reform in California, as Governor Jerry Brown signed into law multiple bills from the Equity and Justice package and other great bills! Below...
“No justice, no peace”“What do we want? Accountability!”Loud and empowered chants echoed throughout the morning of Tuesday, October 2nd, outside the Glenn Dyer Detention Center, where...