Ella's Voice

Welcome to the blog of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights! This is where we share reflections from the movement to end mass incarceration and criminalization, analysis on criminal, economic, and racial justice issues, and updates on our work. Please read, share, and comment.

I grew up being afraid of the police.  For my family and I, one bad police encounter was just a slippery road away from an immigration detention center, from being pulled away from everything we knew.  In retrospect I am surprised it took me so long to see the connections between...
This year is the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights' 20th anniversary—we hope that you will join us in celebrating and honoring our revolutionary roots and giving light to our liberated futures. Our anniversary celebration, From Revolutionary Roots to Liberated Futures,...
At this years’ BET Awards Grey’s Anatomy actor Jesse Williams delivered a heart wrenching speech urging Black people to not accept conditional...
I have a fifteen year old sister, Suniya Barnes; she is a rising sophomore in high school, she hangs out at Bay St. nearly every weekend, she gets attitudes every five minutes, she’s a cheerleader, runs track, and she occasionally gets caught up in lies to my mom like many other Oakland...
UPDATE: Black Lives Matter activist Jasmine Richards has been released from jail on bail. Last week, Black Lives Matter Pasadena chapter founder Jasmine Richards was sentenced to 3 months for trying to save someone from the potential dangers of law enforcement. Through this act, the...
Last summer as an intern with Ella Baker Center, I allowed my light to resurface and rehabilitate after falling upon harsh times. Trauma is defined by the unbearable...
As I turned page after mesmerizing page of Shaka Senghor’s memoir Writing My Wrongs, I immediately was reminded of this quote: "Either they don’t know, don’t show, or don’t care about what happens in the ‘hood'." These were the words...
Last week, reproductive justice advocates celebrated a significant win when the Supreme Court temporarily blocked a Louisiana abortion law and allowed four abortion...
$8.75…8.85…8.95….9 dollars! Woo-hoo! After weeks of collecting bottles and cans and doing odd jobs around the neighborhood, this ten-year-old finally succeeded in scraping together enough nickels, dimes, and quarters to purchase my very first ticket to a pro wrestling match...
Welcome to the Ella Baker Center's new website! We've been working on a redesign of our website with the fantastic communications firm Rootid for several months and we are excited to finally share it with the world. Our main...