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:

Solar Mosaic Breaks Barriers to Going Solar in Oakland

For Immediate Release: 9/1/2011 Contact: Abel Habtegeorgis Media Relations Manager (510) 428-3939 x232 abel@ellabakercenter.org * New video released today showcases a new model of solar development being pioneered in Oakland. Asian Resource Center Begins Crowdfunding Campaign for Solar ( More on... Read More

Protest Demands an end to Abusive Practices in the Ventura Youth Correctional Facility

For Immediate Release: 8/16/2011 Contact: Abel Habtegeorgis Media Relations Manager (510) 428-3939 x232 abel@ellabakercenter.org FAMILIES OF INCARCERATED YOUTH; FORMERLY INCARCERATED YOUTH AND CIVIL RIGHTS ADVOCATES SCHEDULE PROTEST AT ONE OF STATES LARGEST YOUTH PRISON FACILITIES To speak with... Read More

Oakland Prepares for 1st City-Wide Service Day and Festival

For Immediate Release: 8/9/2011 Contact: Abel Habtegeorgis Media Relations Manager (510) 428-3939 x232 abel@ellabakercenter.org Inaugural “Throw Down for the Town” planned with more than 25 service projects and hundreds of Volunteers confirmed throughout the city (Oakland,CA)- On August... Read More

Center Honors Three Bay Area-based Heroes and Innovators at 15th Anniversary Gala

For Immediate Release: 7/18/2011 Contact: Abel Habtegeorgis Media Relations Manager (510) 428-3939 x232 abel@ellabakercenter.org The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights hosts 15th anniversary ceremony in Oakland featuring live music, food and special guests Oakland, CA- The Ella Baker Center for... Read More

Victory: Retroactive Federal Crack Sentencing Reform

For Immediate Release: 6/30/2011 Contact: Abel Habtegeorgis Media Relations Manager (510) 428-3939 x232 abel@ellabakercenter.org WASHINGTON, DC – Ella Baker Center for Human Rights applauds the United States Sentencing Commission’s decision today to apply the Fair Sentencing Act... Read More

Community Groups Support Union Concessions for Oakland Budget Deal

COALITION APPLAUDS UNION LEADERSHIP FOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO SOLVE CITIES HISTORIC BUDGET DEFICIT AND URGES COUNCIL TO ACCEPT For Immediate Release: 6/30, 2011 Contact: Abel Habtegeorgis Media Relations Manager (510) 428-3939 x232 abel@ellabakercenter.org OAKLAND, CA- Oakland Rising, a coalition of... Read More

Brown’s New Budget Prioritizes Jails & Prisons, Cuts Schools, Universities and Healthcare

Advocates Call for Permanent Cuts to Prisons Through Sentencing Reform Poll Finds That California Voters Believe “Too Many People in Prisons” and Support for Lessening Penalties for Drug Possession For Immediate Release: 6/28, 2011 Contact: Abel Habtegeorgis Media Relations Manager (510... Read More

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