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:

Ella Baker Center Announces New Executive Director, Board Members

Zachary Norris, former Books Not Bars campaign director, will return to the Ella Baker Center as Executive Director; civil rights luminaries Van Jones and Michelle Alexander will join Board. Today, we’re thrilled to announce that Zachary Norris, founder and former co-director of Justice for... Read More

CA Bill to Limit Solitary Confinement in Local & State Juvenile Facilities Passes Senate Floor 24-14

Historic SB 61 marks California as national leader in rethinking juvenile justice policies to maximize public safety SACRAMENTO, CA -- Family members of youth who have languished in California's juvenile prisons released a collective sigh of relief as a historic bill made its way out of the... Read More

CA Carbon Auction Begins With New Pledge of Aid for Disadvantaged Areas

Contact Media Relations Manager Abel Habtegeorgis (510) 910 - 2672 SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA – With the California Air Resources Board set to hold its first auction of carbon emissions permits under the state’s cap-and-trade program on Nov. 14, recently-signed legislation guarantees that a... Read More

New Report Reaffirms Crisis in Juvenile Justice System, Devastating Impacts on Families & Proposed Solutions

Contact Media Relations Manager Abel Habtegeorgis (510) 910 - 2672 On Tuesday, September 11, Justice for Families and the DataCenter will release a new research report, Families Unlocking Futures: Solutions to the Crisis in Juvenile Justice. This first-of-its kind analysis details how the juvenile... Read More

Cap and Trade Funds Could Be Used to Support Projects In Low-Income Communities Across the State

Contact Media Relations Manager Abel Habtegeorgis (510) 910 - 2672 Bills on Governor’s Desk Would Authorize Hundreds of Millions of Dollars in Investments to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Disadvantaged Communities (SACRAMENTO,CA) - Communities throughout California will benefit from two... Read More

Statement: Chevron Fire Explosion affecting residents of Richmond

The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights is deeply concerned for the residents of Richmond California following a series of explosions that ignited a large fire at the Richmond Chevron Refinery, its second in five years. The Ella Baker Center is launching an email petition urging leaders at Chevron... Read More

Ella Baker Center Honors Three Heroes and Innovators for Annual Gala

Oakland, CA- The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights will host the 2012 Ella Awards on Thursday, September 13, 2012. 6:00 - 9:00 PM, at the Scottish Rite Center (1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland.) The event features food, music, and high-profile special guests from throughout the state of California... Read More

Oakland Prepares for Annual City-Wide Service Day and Festival

Contact Media Relations Manager Abel Habtegeorgis (510) 910 - 2672 (Oakland, CA)- On July 28, 2012, the City of Oakland will have its 2nd Annual Service Festival organized by the award winning Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. Over 30 service projects throughout Oakland and more than 300... Read More

Controversial Youth Prison Practice to End

Contact Media Relations Manager Abel Habtegeorgis (510) 910 - 2672 Dangerous Time Adds Provision No Longer Allowed in California Youth Prisons, Impacting 1,000 Youth After many years, guards at the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) will no longer be able to impose time adds on youths’... Read More

Supreme Court rejects mandatory life-without-parole for youth

Contact Media Relations Manager Abel Habtegeorgis (510) 910 - 2672 On June 25th, 2012 the United States Supreme Court held that mandatory sentences of life without the possibility of parole (“LWOP”) for youth are unconstitutional. In Miller v. Alabama, the Court found that such extreme... Read More