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.

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PART TWO As 2011 draws to a close, we look back in a two-part series at some of the movements, organizations, and moments that made up the year. ...
As 2011 draws to a close, we look back in a two-part series at some of the movements, organizations, and moments that made up the year.  ...
The following Poem was written by Ella Baker Center Books Not Bars organizer and parent Lourdes Duarte.  This heartfelt...
When police officers pepper sprayed non-violent student protestors on the campus of University of California, Davis, the whole country reacted. Many of us were outraged, and some were in support of the action. However, few of us can truly understand the physical effects of police-grade pepper...
Planting Justice is a nonprofit organization based in Oakland dedicated to food justice, economic justice, and sustainable local food systems. Planting Justice brings people together to transform empty lots, paved backyards, and grass lawns into productive organic gardens. Through edible gardening...
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Gene Marks, author of the recent “If I were a Poor Black Kid” article in Forbes, seems to think that all that poor Black kids need to do differently to succeed is “be smart enough to go for it.” But if the only answer for poor youth is to be the exception to the rule, why aren't we then looking at...