mass incarceration

This post is part of our #Roots2Liberation blog series highlighting our history and our vision for the future, leading up to our celebration of our 20th anniversary on Thursday, September 8th in downtown Oakland. "Which side are you on my people? Which side are you on? We're on freedom...
This year is the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights' 20th anniversary—we hope that you will join us in celebrating and honoring our revolutionary roots and giving light to our liberated futures. Our anniversary celebration, From Revolutionary Roots to Liberated Futures, will take place in...
Welcome to the Ella Baker Center's new website! We've been working on a redesign of our website with the fantastic communications firm Rootid for several months and we are excited to finally share it with the world. Our main goal was to create a simple and modern website that is easy to...
In Jennifer Maytorena Taylor’s short film, Visiting Day: The Unrelenting Stress of Family Prison Visits , for the Atlantic, she demonstrates the personal and financial tolls that Daisy Gomez faces while her husband, Max, is in federal prison. The story of Daisy and Max’s family has...
This week marks the anniversary of Mike Brown’s death and therefore, this has been a week of reflection on what has changed since then. The answer seems to be a resounding: not enough, as there are plenty of injustices to report this week. How Ferguson Changed America This article tries to...
This week, as with every other week in 2015, and likely before, has been punctured with the loss of Black lives at the hands of police and the criminal justice system. Here are this week's stories on the harsh realities and glimmers of hope in the criminal justice system. The Shooting of Samuel...
Laura Browder, a single mother of a two and a six-year-old, had just moved to Houston and was trying to start her life there by getting a job. Called in for a last-minute job interview, she had no one to watch her kids, so she decided to bring them and station them 30 yards away in the food court...
“[Prison] relieves us of the responsibility of seriously engaging with the problems of our society, especially those produced by racism and, increasingly, global capitalism.” – Angela Davis A national tragedy, the systematic targeting of black, brown, and poor bodies by the...
The “Transforming Grief/Moving Towards Justice: Preventing and Reducing Incarceration” conference, to be held in the San Francisco Bay Area on April 12 and 13, invites all who work with marginalized communities to explore the link between severe loss, unresolved grief, and incarceration.