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.

Belivie Rooks: educator, writer, producer, and veteran of the multiple civil rights and environmental justice movements around the world. You would think that speaking with her could be a rather intimidating for a 25 year old activist but talking with her was like talking with my mom. Her voice was...
Attending the community vigil for Tiansheng Yu, the victim of a day-time attack in downtown Oakland on April 16th, was both highly emotional and extremely uplifting. The Yu incident was tragic and awful for all involved. But what inspired me was what I saw at the memorial on the same corner where...
The following post is part three of our short series in recognition of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. Moved by the greatest feelings of love for people and the planet, more than 20,000 people gathered yesterday for the inauguration of the...
The following post is part one of our short series in recognition of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. By Sahar Shirazi April 22 of this year marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day and the creation of the Environmental...
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Check out this video from our Heal the Streets campaign with Christina Gomez who lives in the neighborhood covered by the proposed injunction.Saying No the Gang Injunction - A...
Next week, Oakland could become the first city in the country to stop a proposed gang injunction from being put in place. City Attorney John Russo filed the proposed gang injunction in February which covers over 100 blocks...
This week a historic moment will be recognized: the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Student Nonviolent...
Tax day is here.  Hopefully, you got some money back.  But maybe you just found out you owe.  Either way, if you are like me, you might wonder...
I arrived to La Paz, Bolivia just in time to greet the sun on April 11th, 2010. The air was thinner than Oakland´s and...