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:

Petition Launched by Youth inside Ventura Youth Prison Highlights Unlivable Conditions

TOILETS BROKEN, SEWAGE, CHEMICAL AGENTS ALL DOCUMENTED IN YOUTH-LED PETITION TO VENTURA YOUTH PRISON For Immediate Release: 2/2/2012 Contact: Abel Habtegeorgis Media Relations Manager (510) 428-3939 x232 abel@ellabakercenter.org (Camarillo, CA) -Youth inside one of California’s most notorious... Read More

Prison Media Access Bill Passes California Assembly

For Immediate Release: 1/26/2012 Contact: Abel Habtegeorgis Media Relations Manager (510) 428-3939 x232 abel@ellabakercenter.org SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Tom Ammiano’s bill (D-San Francisco) to restore media access to prisoners, AB 1270, passed the California Assembly today. The bill... Read More

Governor Proposes to Shut Down Division of Juvenile Justice

For Immediate Release: 1/6/2012 Contact: Abel Habtegeorgis Media Relations Manager (510) 428-3939 x232 abel@ellabakercenter.org Multi-Year Battle For DJJ Closure Nears End With Governor’s Announcement (SACRAMENTO,CA) Today, Governor Brown proposed to close the Division of Juvenile Justice (... Read More

Statement: Jakada Imani Withdraws Nomination for Oakland Port Commission

For Immediate Release: 11/15/2011 Contact: Abel Habtegeorgis Media Relations Manager (510) 428-3939 x232 abel@ellabakercenter.org I am withdrawing my name at this time from nomination to the Oakland Port Commission. At this critical time in our city’s history we need to all be working... Read More

Bay Area Solar Companies Lead Nation in Job Growth, Fighting Global Warming

For Immediate Release: 10/28/2011 Contact: Abel Habtegeorgis Media Relations Manager (510) 428-3939 x232 abel@ellabakercenter.org New Report Maps How Clean Energy Can Help Stop Global Warming While Creating Jobs San Francisco – Environmental groups, clean energy experts and local businesses... Read More

Groundbreaking Ceremony Celebrates New Model of Community Solar in Oakland

For Immediate Release: 10/7/2011 Contact: Meredith Fenton Director of Communications, Ella Baker Center (510) 533-3482 meredith@ellabakercenter.org Lisa Curtis Communications Manager, Solar Mosaic (510) 872-9269 lisa@solarmosaic.com Solar Project Saves Vital Community Center over $100,000 and... Read More

Solution Cannot be Found In an Ineffective City-Wide Youth Curfew

For Immediate Release: 10/3/2011 Contact: Abel Habtegeorgis Media Relations Manager (510) 428-3939 x232 abel@ellabakercenter.org (Oakland, CA) Oakland's Ella Baker Center for Human Rights has authored a letter urging Oakland City Council to reject the proposed youth curfew. The curfew was... Read More

Ella Baker Center: State Realignment Plan Long Overdue but Misses Target

For Immediate Release: 9/29/2011 Contact: Abel Habtegeorgis Media Relations Manager (510) 428-3939 x232 abel@ellabakercenter.org Without Sentencing Reform, California Will Still Pay Too High A Price for Lock-Ups (Oakland, CA) Beginning October 1st, 2011, California counties will no longer send... Read More

Jakada Imani to Keynote Awards Dinner

For Immediate Release: 9/22/2011 Contact: Abel Habtegeorgis Media Relations Manager (510) 428-3939 x232 abel@ellabakercenter.org Our Executive Director, Jakada Imani often talks about what leadership looks like. He emphasizes the importance of leading together and leading from a place of great love... Read More

Public Goods Charge gets support from Key California Civil Rights Group

For Immediate Release: 9/8/2011 Contact: Abel Habtegeorgis Media Relations Manager (510) 428-3939 x232 abel@ellabakercenter.org Vulnerable communities stand to directly gain from this investment through new jobs, needed home improvements, and energy savings (Oakland,CA)- The Ella Baker Center for... Read More