Our vision: The Ella Baker Center’s membership is a way for anyone, anywhere—especially those who have been harmed by the justice system—to join the movement to create a truly safe and just nation. Together, we will organize to win jobs not jails, books not bars, and healthcare not handcuffs. Like our namesake Ella Baker, we believe in the power of ordinary people to create change and community-driven solutions.

Members of the Ella Baker Center believe that every person has the right to dignity, safety, self-determination, and equality, and share a commitment to building the power and leadership of incarcerated people, formerly incarcerated people, victims and survivors of law enforcement abuse, and their families.