April 13, 2024

r 25 Years The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights has impacted the community of Oakland with positivity. The Ella Baker Center is named after Ella Baker, a gifted , Black hero of the civil rights movement. Following in her footsteps, and using her work as a blueprint to “organize with Black, Brown, and low-income people to shift resources”  away from prisons and punishment and towards opportunities that make our communities safe, healthy, and strong”. 

Oppressed people, whatever their level of formal education, have the ability to understand and interpret the world around them, to see the world for what it is, and move to transform it.” 
— Ella Baker 

The Oakland Based Organization has been a leading voice in dealing with policy makers on prison laws and economic justice. The times are heated politically and socially. The Oakland area has always been involved in change. The Ella Baker Center for Human rights have completed many difficult tasks including stopping a “super youth jailing in Alameda”, organizing participants in the “Soul of the City” campaign to contribute over 1,500 hours of community service and voter mobilization, enacting multiple bills to help families stay connected with their children while they are locked up in youth prisons.” This is a critical service for the community and its survival as incarceration and crime has riddled its families. The Ella Baker Center gives families hope and light where there was dispair and uncertainty.
“Green Collar Jobs” promoted solutions to pollution and climate change that would restore the planet and create opportunity and prosperity for all, “Bay Area Police Watch” created one of the first online databases connected to police brutality via a police misconduct hotline.” 

“Books Not Bars” organized a network of families of incarcerated youth to champion alternatives to California’s costly, broken prison system. The campaign fought to close the Division of Juvenile Justice, end solitary confinement in California’s youth prisons and jails, and enact sentencing reform.  Please Visit and support an organization fighting for Human Rights and Equality. https://ellabakercenter.org 

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