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 love to read. I taught myself to read before I had even started Kindergarten. For me, one of the best ways to stay resilient in the face of oppression and activist burnout is to lose myself in a rich narrative. Words have so much power to transform, to uplift, to politicize and to mobilize. This...
Earlier this month, we celebrated at the passage of AB 1405- the Community Benefits Funds. Sadly, since that day the bill has...
All of the polling to date tells us that voters of color will be the deciding factor for Proposition 23, the Texas Oil company attack on California’s clean air law.  Communities United Against the Dirty Energy Prop, a deep and broad...
Today marks 6 months since President Obama signed the health care bill into law. Starting now, some important pieces of the legislation go into affect- namely young adults will be able to stay on their parents' plans until they turn 26, and kids with pre-existing health conditions won't be denied...
"We know that the safest communities aren't the ones that have the most cops," said Imani. "The safest communities are the ones that have the highest employment rates, the healthiest foods, the cleanest air. Police are an important part of a public safety strategy, but they're only part...
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By Arienna Grody In June 1998, three young white men beat a 49-year-old handicapped Black man, chained him to the back of a pick-up truck, ...
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