Press Room

About the Ella Baker Center

To interview our staff, or learn more about our work, contact:
Zaineb Mohammed, Communications Director
Email: zaineb@ellabakercenter.org
Office: 510.285.8236
Cell: 630.921.1741


We are named after Ella Baker, a brilliant, black hero of the civil rights movement. Following in her footsteps, we build the power of black, brown, and poor people to break the cycles of incarceration and poverty and make our communities safe, healthy, and strong.

  • For more information read our About Us page
  • For analysis, updates, and action please visit our blog, Ella's Voice
  • For the latest news articles on our work, visit In the News

 

Press Releases:

Ella Baker Center Statement on Shooting at Charleston Church

On Wednesday night, a shooter killed nine people who had gathered at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina to pray. The following is a statement from the staff of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights about this tragedy: We send our deepest and most sincere... Read More

The Ella Baker Center's Statement Supporting #OurBudgetOurCity Day of Action

On Wednesday, June 10th, the Refund Oakland coalition is organizing a day of action demanding that city offiicals refund and reinvest in Oakland. The following is Ella Baker Center Executive Director Zachary Norris' statement supporting the action, and denouncing the city's nighttime... Read More

Leno Bill Limiting Use of Solitary Confinement in Juvenile Facilities Clears Senate

SACRAMENTO – Legislation that limits the use of solitary confinement at state and county juvenile correctional facilities passed the Senate today. Senate Bill 124, authored by Senator Mark Leno, creates statewide standards that encourage the use of less damaging and more effective... Read More

Contra Costa County Bans Solitary Confinement of Youth as Vote Nears to Limit the Isolation of Youth in Juvenile Facilities Across California

Contact: Zaineb Mohammed, Communications Manager, Zaineb@ellabakercenter.org , 630-921-1741 Emily Harris, State Field Director, Emily@ellabakercenter.org , 510-285-8231 Contra Costa County Bans Solitary Confinement of Youth as Vote Nears to Limit the Isolation of Youth in Juvenile Facilities Across... Read More

Ella Baker Center Partners with ACLU on Tool to Hold Law Enforcement Accountable

(Los Angeles) – The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights (EBC) is partnering with the ACLU of California to support their launch today of Mobile Justice CA, a free smart phone app allowing Californians to automatically record and submit cell phone videos to their ACLU affiliate when they feel... Read More

Ella Baker Center Wins Jobs Not Jails in Alameda County

Today, on Tuesday, March 24 th , the Ella Baker Center won a major victory in our campaign for Jobs Not Jails in Alameda County. The Board of Supervisors voted to pass Supervisor Keith Carson’s proposal to allocate 50% of the public safety realignment funds towards community-based re-entry... Read More

Ella Baker Center Disrupts Board of Supervisors Meeting, Wins Key Victories for Jobs Not Jails Campaign

Today, on Tuesday, March 3 rd , approximately 75 community members gathered with the Ella Baker Center and peacefully disrupted the Alameda County Board of Supervisors meeting to demand that the county officials support our campaign for Jobs Not Jails. Amidst chants of #JobsNotJails and #... Read More

New Bill Limits Use of Solitary Confinement in Juvenile Facilities

Sacramento, CA –Senator Mark Leno introduced legislation today that would limit the use of solitary confinement in state and county juvenile correctional facilities in California. The Ella Baker Center, along with Youth Justice Coalition, Children’s Defense Fund-CA, and California... Read More

The Ella Baker Center Hosts Human Rights Day Vigil for Jobs Not Jails

Oakland, CA — In honor of Human Rights Day on Wednesday, December 10th, the Ella Baker Center is hosting a vigil for Jobs Not Jails in Oakland. This vigil is part of our campaign calling on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors to put 50% of their public safety budget towards community-... Read More

The Ella Baker Center's Statement on the Darren Wilson Grand Jury Decision

On November 24th, the grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri failed to indict Darren Wilson for the killing of Mike Brown on August 9th. The following is Ella Baker Center Executive Director Zachary Norris' statement on the grand jury's decision, and how we should move forward: "Yesterday we... Read More