Ella's Squad

The Ella Baker Center is developing a squad to move national and local campaigns that will end criminalization and mass incarceration, and redirect resources away from punitive policies and towards building strong communities

Ella’s Squad members are local, grassroots base-building organizations that work with communities that are directly affected by criminalization and mass incarceration and share our Principles of Unity.

Read more about Ella's Squad members:

BreakOUT! seeks to end the criminalization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth to build a safer and more just New Orleans. They build on the rich cultural tradition of resistance in the South to build the power of LGBTQ youth ages 13 to 25 and directly impacted by the criminal justice system through youth organizing, healing justice, and leadership development programs. http://www.youthbreakout.org/

Center for Neighborhood Leadership is an incubator for social change that provides curriculum and support necessary to transform people impacted by systematic injustice into leaders with experience building community power that shifts the landscape of social justice, community development, and community-driven public policy. www.azcnl.org

Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children (FFLIC) is a statewide membership-based organization dedicated to creating a better life for all of Louisiana’s youth, especially those who are involved or at risk of becoming involved in the juvenile justice system. They seek to use education, direct action organizing, and peer advocacy to build strong, powerful families and communities and to fight for justice for our children and ourselves. http://www.fflic.org/


Fathers & Families of San Joaquin (FFSJ) is a progressive, solutions-orientated organization that works to address the varying needs of men, women, youth, their families, and the community. By providing socially relevant and culturally relevant services, FFSJ develops local leadership while unifying the efforts of existing groups. FFSJ addresses critical problems such as institutional inequity, fatherless homes, widespread poverty, employment disparities, inadequate access to public health services, community reentry, and youth-on-youth violence. http://www.ffsj.org/

Racial Justice Action Center launched Women on the Rise (a grassroots organizing project for formerly incarcerated women and women wtih records), a Transformative Organizing Institute (a leadership development and somatic training series), and the Solutions Not Punishment (SNaP) Coalition campaign to win implementation of a local diversion program for people arrested for street level sex work that provides substance abuse, mental health and job training support to those in need.   www.rjactioncenter.org

Statewide Poverty Action Network builds grassroots power to end causes of poverty and create opportunities for everyone to prosper. www.povertyaction.org


Workers Center for Racial Justice’s mission is to eliminate the barriers to sustainable and living wage employment for Black workers, strengthen economic security for Black families, and advance a progressive pro-worker agenda that will lead to inclusion and prosperity for all marginalized workers. http://www.center4racialjustice.org/


Women Who Never Give Up is a New Jersey based non-profit organization dedicated to helping families get justice in our criminal justice and prison system. www.wwng.org

The Youth Justice Coalition works to build a youth-led movement to end police violence, mass incarceration & criminalization of youth of color in L.A & abroad. http://www.youth4justice.org




Is your organization interested in joining Ella's Squad? Contact Ella Baker Center Communications Director Zaineb Mohammed for more information: zaineb@ellabakercenter.org.