criminal justice reform

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 14, 2019 Press Contact : Ashley Chambers, Ella Baker Center, ashley@ellabakercenter.org, 510-417-6071 Daisy Vieyra, ACLU, dvieyra@acluca.org, 916-824-3266 Ella Baker Center for Human Rights Calls on California Legislature to Dismantle Cruel, Ineffective Sentence...
My daughter Tai is my number one priority. She’s always been ambitious and independent, and as a mother, I want to make sure she has what she needs to pursue her dreams. Last summer, she was at the BET awards, interviewing celebrities on the red carpet. I was so proud of her success. But only...
During the Ella Baker Center’s 20 th anniversary event, From Revolutionary Roots to Liberated Futures, we will have a panel featuring Eva Paterson, Patrisse Cullors, and Bryan Stevenson, moderated by W. Kamau Bell. Eva Paterson is the co-founder and president of the Equal Justice Society , an...
Last summer as an intern with Ella Baker Center, I allowed my light to resurface and rehabilitate after falling upon harsh times. Trauma is defined by the unbearable and the unspeakable; it's what we feel isolates us the most in our lives and it's so hard to rid one's self of menacing...
As I turned page after mesmerizing page of Shaka Senghor’s memoir Writing My Wrongs , I immediately was reminded of this quote: "Either they don’t know, don’t show, or don’t care about what happens in the ‘hood'." These were the words uttered by rapper...
Last week, reproductive justice advocates celebrated a significant win when the Supreme Court temporarily blocked a Louisiana abortion law and allowed four abortion clinics to re-open. The court is now deciding whether to uphold a Texas law that also places major restrictions on facilities...
Welcome to the Ella Baker Center's new website! We've been working on a redesign of our website with the fantastic communications firm Rootid for several months and we are excited to finally share it with the world. Our main goal was to create a simple and modern website that is easy to...
On Saturday, December 5th, the Ella Baker Center co-hosted the recurring event, “A Fair Chance to Advance” at Primera Iglesia Presbiteriana Hispana – a Spanish-speaking community church in the heart of Oakland. Through collaboration with the Alameda County Public Defender's...
It’s been a big week for criminal justice news. Here are a few of the top news stories, essays, and must-read articles from this historic week, good and bad: Obama’s Call for Reform Obama Commutes Sentences of 46 Nonviolent Drug Offenders Kicking off his week of criminal justice reform...
“[Prison] relieves us of the responsibility of seriously engaging with the problems of our society, especially those produced by racism and, increasingly, global capitalism.” – Angela Davis A national tragedy, the systematic targeting of black, brown, and poor bodies by the...