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.

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...
The safety of the local public is jeopardized by the many wrongdoings of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department (ACSD). It is no secret that Sheriff Ahern’s time in office has been marked by multiple scandals and controversies. The ACSD has continued to create new profit motives...
 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...

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