Press Room

About the Ella Baker Center

To interview our staff, or learn more about our work, contact:
Zakiya Scott
Email: zakiya@ellabakercenter.org


Our namesake Ella Baker was a hero of the civil rights movement and like her, we believe in the power of everyday people to win change. The Ella Baker Center organizes with Black, Brown, and low-income people to shift resources away from prisons and punishment and towards opportunities that make our communities safe, healthy, and strong.

  • For more information read our About Us page
  • For analysis, updates, and action please visit our blog, Ella's Voice
  • For the latest news articles on our work, visit In the News

 

Press Releases:

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

New Report Reveals Negative Health Impacts of Public Housing Policies that Discriminate Against People with Criminal Records

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... Read More

#FreeJasmine: Ella Baker Center Statement on Jasmine Richards

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... Read More

Racial Justice Bill on Sentencing Falls Short on Close Vote in CA State Senate

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... Read More

Senator Mitchell Bill to Prohibit California Jails from Eliminating In-Person Visitation Rights Successfully Approved by Senate Public Safety Committee

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... Read More

Bill to Repeal Sentencing Enhancements for Prior Drug Convictions Passes Its First Test

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... Read More

Probation Chiefs and Youth Advocates Partner on Legislation to Address Room Confinement in Juvenile Facilities

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... Read More

Ella Baker Center Statement on Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2016

Today, Governor Jerry Brown announced a ballot initiative that will reduce wasteful spending on prisons, improve rehabilitation, and require judges instead of prosecutors to decide whether youth should be tried as adults. The following is a statement from Ella Baker Center for Human Rights Director... Read More