Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 21, 2017 CONTACT: Zaineb Mohammed, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, zaineb@ellabakercenter.org , 630-921-1741 Community Members Demand Audit of Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern During Rally at Board of Supervisors Building Oakland, CA—On Tuesday, November...
Today, a workgroup established by Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye to study current bail and pretrial detention practices and provide recommendations for potential reforms released their report , identifying recommendations to overhaul California’s pretrial system. The following is a...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 11, 2017 CONTACT: Zaineb Mohammed, Zaineb@ellabakercenter.org , 630-921-1741 California Governor Signs Historic Drug Sentencing Reform Legislation By signing the RISE Act into law, Governor Brown repealed sentence enhancements for prior drug convictions. Sacramento, CA...
For Immediate Release September 12, 2017 CONTACT: Zaineb Mohammed, (630) 921-1741 , Zaineb@ellabakercenter.org California Lawmakers Approve Drug Sentencing Reform Bill as Federal Government Seeks to Revive Shameful War on Drugs Senate Bill 180, which would repeal sentence enhancements for prior...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 15, 2017 Contact: Zaineb Mohammed, Zaineb@ellabakercenter.org , 630-921-1741 Ella Baker Center Demands Alameda County Sheriff’s Department Be Held Accountable for Support of White Supremacy Following the Sheriff’s Department retweet of white supremacist...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 8, 2017 Contact: Zaineb Mohammed, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Zaineb@ellabakercenter.org , 630-921-1741 California Counties Should Build Upon Distribution of Proposition 47 Statewide Savings with Reinvestment of Local Savings Ella Baker Center Statement on Prop 47...
This week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions made clear his intention to reinvigorate the War on Drugs when he announced that he would be directing federal prosecutors to “charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense.” The Drug War is a war on Black and Brown communities,...
Read the following statement by our Executive Director, Zachary Norris, following the election of Donald Trump as the President of the United States: "When my daughter was about to go to sleep she said "tell me who wins tomorrow. Tell me Hillary Clinton won." I told her I would tell...
CONTACT: Zaineb Mohammed, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights: Zaineb@ellabakercenter.org or 510.285.8236 SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation limiting the use of room confinement of youth in California’s juvenile facilities. The landmark bill was authored by...
CONTACT: Zaineb Mohammed, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights: Zaineb@ellabakercenter.org or 510.285.8236 Governor Brown Signs Legislation Protecting Right to Legal Representation for People in California Jails Sacramento, CA — On Friday, September 23rd Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation...