Ella Baker Center for Human Rights: $75,000 for one year.
The Ella Baker Center (EBC) is a community organizing and advocacy organization working to end mass incarceration and reinvest resources from punishment systems to schools and services for communities. Over the last year, EBC conducted community research examining impacts of mass incarceration on families, organized the Alameda County Board of Supervisors to establish a $3 million Community Capacity Fund to strengthen community-based programs serving young and older adults in the justice system, continued its one-on-one legal support, and completed regional community town halls to discuss justice reinvestment as a means to end mass incarceration. In the coming year, EBC seeks to change county and statewide policy targeting a small sub-account of realignment dollars to move from jail maintenance and expansion to restorative justice programs, and explore employment opportunities and supports for system involved families in Alameda County. EBC seeks a state-mandated setaside for community-based programs utilizing Assembly Bill 109 realignment funding, and will publish its national research report, Toward A Caring Economy, highlighting public safety solutions that focus on shifting resources away from prisons and punishment and reinvesting in the communities most damaged by incarceration.