Press Releases

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...
June 28, 2016 CONTACT: Zaineb Mohammed, zaineb@ellabakercenter.org, 630-921-1741 Justice Reinvestment Coalition Wins 1,400 Jobs for Formerly Incarcerated People in Alameda County Oakland, CA-- On Tuesday, June 28th, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously (5-0) in favor of a new...
CONTACT: Zaineb Mohammed, Zaineb@ellabakercenter.org , 510-285-8236 New Report Reveals Negative Health Impacts of Public Housing Policies that Discriminate Against People with Criminal Records Oakland, Calif. — The Long Road Home: Decreasing Barriers to Public Housing for People with Criminal...
On June 1st, Black Lives Matter Pasadena organizer Jasmine Richards was convicted of “felony lynching.” Jasmine was accused of trying to prevent the police from arresting a person last September, which falls under the description of “lynching” under an antiquated California...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 25, 2016 Contact: Zaineb Mohammed, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights: Zaineb@ellabakercenter.org or 630-921-1741 Racial Justice Bill on Sentencing Falls Short on Close Vote in CA State Senate Reconsideration Granted – Needs 3 More Votes to Pass Sacramento—A...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 12, 2016 Media Contact: Zaineb Mohammed, Zaineb@ellabakercenter.org or 510-285-8236 Sacramento, CA - Today, a bill sponsored by Senator Holly J. Mitchell (D- South Los Angeles), SB 1157, was successfully approved by the Senate Public Safety Committee. The bill would...
CONTACT: Zaineb Mohammed, Zaineb@ellabakercenter.org or 510-285-8236 Sacramento, CA – Today, a bill authored by Senator Holly Mitchell to repeal ineffective sentencing enhancements for prior drug convictions passed the California Senate Public Safety Committee. “Piling extra years onto...
CONTACT: Laura Dixon, Chief Probation Officers of California, Laura@lauradixoncommunications.com or 510.384.3020 Zaineb Mohammed, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Zaineb@ellabakercenter.org or 510.285.8236 Sacramento, CA – The Chief Probation Officers of California (CPOC) and youth...