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:

Division of Juvenile Justice to Remain Open, Costing State Over $100 million in Potential Savings

Contact Media Relations Manager Abel Habtegeorgis (510) 910 - 2672 Prisons Spared While Higher Education and Health Services Suffer Further Cuts (Oakland, CA) Despite ongoing failures and shocking abuse , the Governor once again backed down on his budget proposal to close California’s state... Read More

Highly Acclaimed Documentary “HEIST” Debuting in Oakland at the Historic Grand Lake Theater

Contact Media Relations Manager Abel Habtegeorgis (510) 910 - 2672 Film highlights the roots of of the American economic crisis, struggles of millions of middle class Americans, nationwide occupy movement. (Oakland,CA) - Producers of the explosive new documentary “Heist” join community... Read More

California Youth Prison Agrees to Improve Inmate Living Conditions Following Online Campaign

Contact - Media Relations Manager: Abel Habtegorgis (510) 910 - 2672 CAMARILLO, CA – Over 10,000 people joined a popular campaign on Change.org in partnership with the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, demanding improved living conditions at a California youth prison. As a result, the... Read More

Civil-rights leaders committed to bill that makes drug possession a misdemeanor

For Immediate Release: 2/27/2012 Contact: Abel Habtegeorgis Media Relations Manager (510) 428-3939 x232 abel@ellabakercenter.org (Oakland, CA) – Civil rights activists responded favorably today to the introduction of legislation in California that would make the maximum penalty for possession... Read More

Legislation would Limit Use of Solitary Confinement at Juvenile Facilities

Human Rights Advocates, Elected Officials declare that Solitary confinement increases rates of recidivism, mental illness and suicide For Immediate Release: 2/24/2012 Contact: Abel Habtegeorgis Media Relations Manager (510) 428-3939 x232 abel@ellabakercenter.org SACRAMENTO – On 2/24/12,... Read More

Petition Launched by Youth inside Ventura Youth Prison Highlights Unlivable Conditions

TOILETS BROKEN, SEWAGE, CHEMICAL AGENTS ALL DOCUMENTED IN YOUTH-LED PETITION TO VENTURA YOUTH PRISON For Immediate Release: 2/2/2012 Contact: Abel Habtegeorgis Media Relations Manager (510) 428-3939 x232 abel@ellabakercenter.org (Camarillo, CA) -Youth inside one of California’s most notorious... Read More

Prison Media Access Bill Passes California Assembly

For Immediate Release: 1/26/2012 Contact: Abel Habtegeorgis Media Relations Manager (510) 428-3939 x232 abel@ellabakercenter.org SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Tom Ammiano’s bill (D-San Francisco) to restore media access to prisoners, AB 1270, passed the California Assembly today. The bill... Read More

Governor Proposes to Shut Down Division of Juvenile Justice

For Immediate Release: 1/6/2012 Contact: Abel Habtegeorgis Media Relations Manager (510) 428-3939 x232 abel@ellabakercenter.org Multi-Year Battle For DJJ Closure Nears End With Governor’s Announcement (SACRAMENTO,CA) Today, Governor Brown proposed to close the Division of Juvenile Justice (... Read More

Statement: Jakada Imani Withdraws Nomination for Oakland Port Commission

For Immediate Release: 11/15/2011 Contact: Abel Habtegeorgis Media Relations Manager (510) 428-3939 x232 abel@ellabakercenter.org I am withdrawing my name at this time from nomination to the Oakland Port Commission. At this critical time in our city’s history we need to all be working... Read More

Bay Area Solar Companies Lead Nation in Job Growth, Fighting Global Warming

For Immediate Release: 10/28/2011 Contact: Abel Habtegeorgis Media Relations Manager (510) 428-3939 x232 abel@ellabakercenter.org New Report Maps How Clean Energy Can Help Stop Global Warming While Creating Jobs San Francisco – Environmental groups, clean energy experts and local businesses... Read More