Our Work

The Ella Baker Center works locally, statewide, and nationally to shift resources away from prisons and punishment and towards opportunities that make our communities safe, healthy, and strong. We believe that what you water grows. That's why we mobilize everyday people to build power and prosperity in our communities.   

Local  |  State  | National

Local Campaigns: 

We believe that budgets are moral documents, and we organize with allies to demand that elected officials enact budgets that reflect our values. 

  • Audit Ahern: Alameda County residents deserve a budget that prioritizes investment in long-term public safety solutions that can improve the health and well-being of all people. That’s why we’re calling on an audit of Sheriff Ahern’s Department to reveal how he is spending taxpayer dollars, improve transparency and accountability, and uncover potential savings that can be invested directly back into our communities.

  • Heal not Harm: Safety begins with stable and healthy homes, neighborhoods and communities. That’s why we are standing up to win change and community-led solutions for unsheltered Oaklanders who are being displaced and criminalized.

  • Restore Oakland: We have officially moved into our forever home at Restore Oakland in the Fruitvale! Restore Oakland is the first building with dedicated space to restorative justice and restorative economics. 


State Policy:

We win policies that reduce sentences, remove barriers, and restore opportunities. 



National Narrative Work:

We change the conversation about public safety to be less focused on fear and punishment, and more focused on having a living wage job, healthy food, and affordable childcare, healthcare, and housing. 

Photo credit: Brooke Anderson
  • Night Out for Safety and Liberation: We bring people across the country together on the first Tuesday in August to redefine what #SafetyIs: dignity, opportunity, and power in our communities.
  • Freedom Cities is a movement that seeks to make entire cities, towns, and communities safe for workers, people with disabilities, immigrants, Black people, Muslims, LGBTQ people, and all oppressed communities.

Read more about our history and victories.