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.

  • 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:

#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

Demanding Justice for Mario Woods

On Wednesday, December 2, a young Black man named Mario Woods was shot multiple times and killed by five San Francisco police officers who opened fire as he walked away. The horrific incident was caught on camera and posted online by a bystander. The following is a statement from the staff of the... Read More

Google.org Invests $2.35 million in Community Organizations Fighting for Racial Justice

Contact: Zaineb Mohammed, Communications Manager: zaineb@ellabakercenter.org, 510-285-8236 Oakland, CA—Yesterday, Google.org announced a $2.35 million investment in the movement for racial justice via grants to three community groups in the Bay Area. The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights is... Read More

Ella Baker Center Statement on #AssaultAtSpringValleyHigh

On October 26, a female student at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, South Carolina, was violently thrown from her desk and arrested by Richland County Sheriff’s Deputy Ben Fields. The following is a statement from the staff of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights regarding this... Read More

Caravan for Justice to Mobilize Communities Throughout California Against Police Violence

Oakland, CA—From October 3 through October 10, a #CaravanForJustice featuring survivors of law enforcement violence and grassroots organizers will travel throughout California to mobilize communities of color against police brutality. Led by the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, in... Read More