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.

On Tuesday July 26, 2007, at 10:00 am, the Public Safety Committee (San Francisco, City Hall, Rm 263) is holding a hearing to discuss the MOU between the SF Police Officer’s Association and the City of San Francisco. Why is this important? Because at a time where Mayor Newsom is cutting services...
Over the course of this summer, the staff of Books Not Bars will tour all of California’s youth prisons. The first was a tour of the Heman G. Stark, commonly called simply Stark. Books Not Bars Policy Director Sumayyah Waheed writes of her impressions and experiences in the youth prison. Ms....
Thanks to everyone’s hard work and support, SB 1019, the bill introduced by Senator Gloria Romero passed the Senate by 21 votes to 10. The ACLU's Sacramento lobbyist regards this as one of their most successful campaigns ever. In its final form, the bill reverses Copley by authorizing open...