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:

Oakland Mayor Quan to join Anti-Violence Youth Fellows for Graduation

YOUTH GRADUATE FROM HEAL THE STREETS LEADERSHIP FELLOWSHIP For Immediate Release: 6/22, 2011 Contact: Abel Habtegeorgis Media Relations Manager (510) 428-3939 x232 abel@ellabakercenter.org Interviews with the youth fellows of Heal the Streets are available. OAKLAND, CA- The Ella Baker Center for... Read More

Residents Call for Fair City Budget Compromise

RALLY CALLED IN WAKE OF CITY BUDGET CRISIS For Immediate Release: 6/21, 2011 Contact: Abel Habtegeorgis Media Relations Manager (510) 428-3939 x232 abel@ellabakercenter.org (Oakland, Ca)- Families will join teachers and community activists to rally calling for a fair and equitable city budget that... Read More

State To Close Norwalk Youth Prison

ELLA BAKER CENTER APPLAUDS CLOSURE OF CALIFORNIA YOUTH PRISON Norwalk Becomes Fifth Prison to Close in 7 Years For Immediate Release: 6/13, 2011 Contact: Abel Habtegeorgis Media Relations Manager (510) 428-3939 x232 abel@ellabakercenter.org NOTE: Ella Baker Center staff and members of our Families... Read More

SB 535 (de León) CA Climate Change Community Benefits Fund

Community Benefits Fund policy clears important legislative hurdle, passes State Senate For Immediate Release: 6/3, 2011 Contact: Abel Habtegeorgis Media Relations Manager (510) 428-3939 x232 abel@ellabakercenter.org California State Senate bill 535, authored by State Senator Kevin de León (... Read More

24 Hour Lock-up of Youth Rampant in California Youth Prisons

For Immediate Release: 6/1, 2011 Contact: Abel Habtegeorgis Media Relations Manager (510) 428-3939 x232 abel@ellabakercenter.org (Oakland,CA) Advocates at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights urge the state Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) youth prisons to immediately stop extensive isolation... Read More

US Supreme Court Decision Presents New Opportunities for California

Advocates Urge California to Focus on Resolving Over-crowding Crisis, Including Ending Prison as Response to Drug Use 9,000 in Prison for Drug Possession at Cost of $450 Million a Year For Immediate Release: 5/23, 2011 Contact: Abel Habtegeorgis Media Relations Manager (510) 428-3939 x232 abel@... Read More

Revised Budget Reaffirms Realignment, Leaves Out Sentencing Reform

Advocacy Organizations Point to Simple & Safe Reforms as Key to Realignment’s Success For Immediate Release: 5/17, 2011 Contact: Abel Habtegeorgis Media Relations Manager (510) 428-3939 x232 abel@ellabakercenter.org SACRAMENTO – In his revised 2011-12 state budget, Governor Brown... Read More

Families of Incarcerated Youth Join Educators Calling for an Investment in Books, Not Bars

Families Join Statewide Coalition of Education, Labor and Community Groups May 10 in conjunction with week-long actions to Pressure Lawmakers For Immediate Release: 5/5, 2011 Contact: Abel Habtegeorgis Media Relations Manager (510) 428-3939 x232 abel@ellabakercenter.org Sacramento,CA –... Read More

“Californians for Clean Energy and Jobs” Re-launched

Governor Brown Praises Effort by Former Sec. Shultz, Businessman Tom Steyer to Lead Bipartisan Effort to Keep California the World Leader in Clean Tech For Immediate Release: 4/18, 2011 Contact: Abel Habtegeorgis Media Relations Manager (510) 428-3939 x232 abel@ellabakercenter.org SACRAMENTO -- The... Read More

Crowdfunding for Clean Energy Launches in Oakland

Unique Partnership to Bring Clean Energy to Urban Areas For Immediate Release: 4/15, 2011 Contact: Abel Habtegeorgis Media Relations Manager (510) 428-3939 x232 abel@ellabakercenter.org April 15, 2011, Washington, DC -- A groundbreaking partnership of community and business leaders will bring solar... Read More