Press Room

About the Ella Baker Center

To interview our staff, or learn more about our work, contact:
Zaineb Mohammed, Communications Director
Email: zaineb@ellabakercenter.org
Office: 510.285.8236
Cell: 630.921.1741


We are named after Ella Baker, a brilliant, black hero of the civil rights movement. Following in her footsteps, we build the power of black, brown, and poor people to break the cycles of incarceration and poverty and make our communities safe, healthy, and strong.

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  • For the latest news articles on our work, visit In the News

 

Press Releases:

Ella Baker Center Statement on Findings from California Chief Justice's Bail Workgroup

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... Read More

California Governor Signs Historic Drug Sentencing Reform Legislation

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California Governor Signs Historic Drug Sentencing Reform Legislation By signing the RISE Act into law, Governor Brown repealed sentence enhancements for prior drug convictions.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... Read More

California Lawmakers Approve Drug Sentencing Reform Bill as Federal Government Seeks to Revive Shameful War on Drugs

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... Read More

Ella Baker Center Demands Alameda County Sheriff’s Department Be Held Accountable for Support of White Supremacy

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... Read More

California Counties Should Build Upon Distribution of Proposition 47 Statewide Savings with Reinvestment of Local Savings

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... Read More

No More Drug War: Ella Baker Center Statement on Sessions' Criminal Justice Policies

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 More

Ella Baker Center's Statement on Donald Trump's Election

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... Read More

Governor Brown Signs Legislation Ending Long-Term Isolation of Youth in California’s Juvenile Facilities

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... Read More

Governor Brown Signs Legislation Protecting Right to Legal Representation for People in California Jails

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... Read More

Justice Reinvestment Coalition Wins 1,400 Jobs for Formerly Incarcerated People in Alameda County

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... Read More