Tag Archives: Ella Baker Center

The 34 body bags symbolize the 33 deaths that protesters say occurred in Santa Rita Jail, plus the death of Jessica St. Louis.

Protesters call for audit of Alameda County Sheriff’s Office

Protesters marched from Glenn Dyer jail to the Alameda County Administration Building to advocate for an audit of the Alameda County Sheriff's Office.

Formerly incarcerated students return to school

Last year in June, East Bay-resident Dieudonné Brou graduated from UCLA in African American studies. During his commencement speech, he revealed himself as formerly incarcerated. Even though higher education offers a chance to break the...

Past cannabis convictions can be dismissed in Alameda County–by petition, says DA

Proposition 64, which voters passed in November 2016, not only legalized the adult use of cannabis, but also established protocols for reducing, dismissing and sealing old marijuana-related convictions. That means Californians convicted of cannabis crimes...
Mule Creek State Prison, 2006 (Photo Courtesy of California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation)

As Prop 57 goes into effect, experts debate impact on youth, prison overcrowding

In November, Californians passed Proposition 57 by a 64.5 percent vote. Formally known as the California Parole for Non-Violent Criminals and Juvenile Court Trial Requirements Initiative, and strongly endorsed by Governor Jerry Brown, Oakland’s former...

This Saturday, Throw Down for the Town invites volunteers to improve Oakland

This Saturday, dozens of volunteering opportunities will be available during the second annual “Throw Down for the Town,” a service festival that gives Oakland residents several options to transform their neighborhoods.

Jakada Imani on the Ella Baker Center, his port commission bid, and fighting for Oakland

Jakada Imani has had to battle his entire life. As a child, he said, he was diagnosed with dyslexia, lived in a home with parents addicted to drugs, and was homeless for a brief period...

Hundreds of Oaklanders volunteer for city-wide “Throw Down” service day

Over 200 Oaklanders spent Saturday cleaning up parks, gardens and bus stops, or volunteering at 24 other service sites throughout the city for the first-ever “Throw Down for the Town” event. Organized by the Ella...

Manifesto celebrates three years of Bike Church

Manifesto’s Bike Church isn’t your typical Sunday morning of sitting inside a stained-glass structure, listening to scripture and quietly reciting prayers. But there are some similarities. People with similar beliefs do congregate, listen to music...
Agenda poster for Fast Cities breakfast

Business magazine lauds Oakland as a “Fast City” for urban innovation

Imagine a city with blue skies and clear roads, populated by healthy people commuting on quiet, non-polluting buses. That’s how the business magazine Fast Company envisions the perfect city, and it’s borrowing some ideas from...