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.

As a former High School teacher in Philadelphia, I know too well the challenges facing urban youth. Connecting with the fellows of Heal the Streets has been a reassurance that the solutions to those challenges are in good hands when youth voices are empowered.I am so excited for the...
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Yesterday morning, Downtown Oakland closed over a mile of roads to cars and hosted a festival known as Oaklavia ...
As many in the com...
With thousands of jobs and millions of public dollars at stake in the Oakland Army Base project, the Revive Oakland! Coalition is calling on developers to sign a contract with the community to make sure the project creates good jobs for Oaklanders....
Today is the 38th anniversary of Title IX, a landmark victory for Women’s Rights signed into legislation on June 23, 1972.  Even after the Civil Rights Act prohibited...
Today marks the start of the US Social Forum in Detroit, MI, and the Ella Baker Center will be there!  Our team members Zachary Norris, Jennifer Kim, Crystallee Crain and Emily Kirsch are excited to represent Ella...
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) issued a press release late last week stating that they would be canceling all non-mandated visiting at all 33 adult prisons from June...
This week marks the...