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.

With a little help from Ella Baker Center Political Director Nicole Lee, the San Francisco Chronicle took a look at the "hyphy" movement in Oakland - and its positive impact on young people: "Youth culture to me, whether it's rock or alternative or punk or hyphy, there's a stream of it that's...
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis J. Herrera is seeking a civil injunction against a street gang called the “Oakdale Mob”. His reasoning is that the community of Bay View Hunters Point needs protection from members of this infamous gang, whose members commute there to sell drugs, kill rivals...
This past Monday in Los Angeles, eighty Families for Books Not Bars members and our allies took our case right to the Governor. At his Los Angeles campaign headquarters, families of youth in California's terrible system demanded justice and change. La Opinion - the most widely read newspaper in...
In light of the recent Copley decision, which basically says that we, the public, no longer have the right to know the names of police officers that have had any disciplinary action taken against them, as a community, we are headed in a very distressing direction. For some of us, this may not seem...