Ella Baker Center for Human Rights

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The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights "is a strategy and action center working for justice, opportunity and peace in urban America. Based in Oakland, California, we promote positive alternatives to violence and incarceration through our four cutting-edge campaigns." [1]

"When the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights started in 1996, we were small. Very small. In every conceivable way. We had one full-time staff person. We had one computer that co-founder Van Jones brought from his home. Our office was literally a closet, donated by the ever-generous Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights." [2]

Campaigns

  • Books Not Bars addresses the ineffective and inhumane over-incarceration of youth. We're currently working to replace the neglectful and abusive Division of Juvenile Justice with a system of regional rehabilitative care centers.[3]
  • Green-Collar Jobs Campaign addresses the lack of meaningful work opportunities for at-risk youth and formerly incarcerated people in society. The Green-Collar Jobs Campaign catalyzes workforce opportunities in the burgeoning “green” economy, creating dignified jobs for low-income families.[4]
  • Soul of the City is our hands-on, hands-together campaign to create an Oakland that is safe, healthy, and balanced. We're working to transform Oakland into a socially just, spiritually connected, ecologically sustainable city with shared prosperity for all.[5]
  • Heal the Streets is a new ten-month fellowship program that will train Oakland's young leaders (ages 15 - 18) to develop and advocate for policies that bring peace and hope to our streets.[6]

Board of Directors [7]

Contact

Web: http://ellabakercenter.org

Resources and articles

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References

  1. Ella Baker Center: The Basics, Ella Baker Center, accessed July 17, 2007.
  2. Ella Baker Center: A Brief History, Ella Baker Center, accessed July 17, 2007.
  3. About Books Not Bars, Ella Baker Center, accessed August 15, 2010.
  4. About Green-Collar Jobs Campaign, Ella Baker Center, accessed August 15, 2010.
  5. Soul of the City, Ella Baker Center, accessed August 15, 2010.
  6. Heal the Streets Fellowship Program, Ella Baker Center, accessed August 15, 2010.
  7. Ella Baker Center Staff & Board, Ella Baker Center, accessed August 15, 2010.