In The News

Read the latest coverage of our work in the media, as well as the opinion pieces written by our team. 

3 Women and a Hashtag: Birth of a Movement

Alicia Garza of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Patrisse Cullors of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, and Opal Tometi of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration understand that moments create opportunities to build revolutionary movements. They know that harnessing the energy in the... Read More

Labor's Positive Progress

ROC recently entered into a relationship with the Ella Baker Center — a well-known, Oakland-based racial justice nonprofit — and Google funders to open a restaurant in Oakland. The eatery will pursue a high-road model, paying its employees well... Read More

What One Former Inmate's DIY Candy Flowers Can Teach Us About the American Prison System

“A substantial number of our nation's prisons—state and federal—are built in the most rural parts of the country. Most of our people that are incarcerated are African Americans and Latino men and women that come from the poor inner cities, then they're shipped out to these... Read More

Women Pay the Price When Their Loved Ones Are in Prison

Women, disproportionately, bear the brunt. A September survey of families of formerly incarcerated people found that when a family member takes on court-related conviction costs, 83 percent of the time that relative is a woman. The average debt for court costs was $13,607 and one in three families... Read More

Beyond the convict, R.I. families pay the price

"Four decades of unjust criminal-justice policies have created a legacy of collateral impacts that last for generations and are felt most deeply by women, low-income families, and communities of color," concluded the Oakland, California-based Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and other... Read More

Opponents of New San Francisco Jail Scramble to Head Off Project

“I think it’s outrageous that they’re trying to steamroll the process before the hearing on alternatives tomorrow,” said Tash Nguyen, an activist with the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, as she sat on the floor of the board chambers chained to other protesters... Read More

How to Have an Altruistic Thanksgiving

You could give to organizations that combat police brutality, such as the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights in Oakland, California, and the American Civil Liberties Union , which have teamed up on creating an app to record and report civil rights violations by law enforcement. Read More

Female prisoners in Calif. prep for life outside with Autodesk certificate

With less education and little work history, felons have difficulty finding jobs. A survey by the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights found that for 76% of the formerly incarcerated, finding work was difficult or nearly impossible and 26% were still unemployed five years after their release. Only 40... Read More

Drummond: Oakland exhibit highlights effects of mass incarceration

Over the summer, Darris Young, a community organizer from the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, came to Peralta Hacienda to talk to three dozen middle school students about his experience of being incarcerated for 17 years. "One of the kids in the question-and-answer session said, 'You... Read More

Next for #BlackLivesMatter: Google Backs Tech to Keep Police Accountable

Now, Patrisse Cullors, one of the founders of #BlackLivesMatter, is working with the American Civil Liberties Union and the Ella Baker Center in California to build technology to serve this community. Just this month, Google’s philanthropic arm,, said it would donate $500,000 to... Read More