The Ella Baker Center is named for an unsung hero of the civil rights movement who inspired and guided emerging leaders. We build on her legacy by giving people opportunities and skills to work together to strengthen our communities so that all of us can thrive.
Decades of disinvestment in our communities have led to despair and hopelessness. Too many of us are incarcerated, too many lack access to educational and professional opportunities, and too many of our communities are viewed as the problem rather than as part of the solution. This keeps all of us from reaching our potential.
Through our people-powered campaigns, the Ella Baker Center offers smart solutions and uplifting alternatives to violence and incarceration. The safest neighborhoods aren’t the ones with the most prisons and the most police. They’re the ones with the best schools, the cleanest environment, and the most opportunities for young people and working people. Instead of basing policies on fear, we’re building a society where decisions and laws are based on love and common concerns.
Like Miss Baker, we believe that when people have the knowledge, inspiration and solutions they need to address the challenges they face, they can make a difference. The Ella Baker Center motivates and mobilizes leaders to work on a variety of initiatives that bring peace, justice and opportunity to our communities.
We use a mix of tactics to accomplish our mission, from grassroots organizing, direct action and media advocacy to public education, policy reform and legal service. This has earned us a reputation for tenacity and innovation. But more importantly, it has earned victory after victory for our campaigns.
The information above can be found on the official website of Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. For more details about the organization and to find out how you can volunteer, please visit their website: http://www.ellabakercenter.org