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.

Ella Baker Center staff and members spent the day in Sacramento lobbying for the RISE Act and Bail Reform.  Take a look inside our day: ...
“WE ARE FREE! OUR BAIL HAS BEEN PAID!” Tracey shared on Facebook after Ella Baker Center staff members went with her to the bail bonds agency to pay off all of her bail debt. Thanks to your generosity and compassion, Tracey is finally free from her bail debt and can be liberated from...
It is with great enthusiasm that I introduce myself as the newest member of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights staff. I have officially come on board as the Digital Communications Associate and I look forward to connecting...
My daughter Tai is my number one priority. She’s always been ambitious and independent, and as a mother, I want to make sure she has what she needs to pursue her dreams. Last summer, she was at the BET awards, interviewing celebrities on the red carpet. I was so proud of her success....
Our namesake Ella Baker believed in the power of every day people to make change. A brilliant, bold hero of the civil rights movement, Ella Baker engaged communities to create solutions to address injustice.In that spirit, we support the formation of a union at the Ella Baker Center, and...
In 2012, I was a mere 12 year-old middle schooler, and my biggest concern in life was what I was going to have for dinner. That all changed on February 26, 2012, the day 17 year-old Trayvon Benjamin Martin was fatally shot.  The months following the death of Trayvon Martin were a...
Tomorrow is the Ella Baker Center's 20th anniversary celebration! We are excited to reflect on our victories, our journey, and our vision for the future as we gather with almost 500 of our supporters here in Oakland. To remember our revolutionary roots, we talked with Van Jones,...
The Ella Baker Center's 20th anniversary event is coming up in less than a week! During our celebration, From Revolutionary Roots to Liberated Futures, Patrisse Cullors will participate in a panel with Eva Paterson and Bryan Stevenson moderated by W. Kamau Bell. In addition to...
During the Ella Baker Center’s 20th anniversary event, From Revolutionary Roots to Liberated Futures, we will have a panel featuring Eva Paterson, Patrisse Cullors, and Bryan Stevenson, moderated by W. Kamau Bell.Eva Paterson is the co-founder and president of the...
During our 20th anniversary event, From Revolutionary Roots to Liberated Futures, there will be a panel conversation moderated by W. Kamau Bell featuring Patrisse Cullors, Eva Paterson, and Bryan Stevenson. ...