Local and National Changemakers Recognized at 2012 Ellas

Did you miss the 2012 Ellas? Fortunately for you, we have a recap of the special evening organized and hosted by our grant partner, the Ella Baker Center held last week at the Scottish Rite Temple in Oakland. Ellas 2012, Unbreakable: Solidarity in Action brought the Bay Area social justice community together with a recognition celebration, highlighting the contributions of key individuals and groups who are doing extraordinary work in the racial justice, workers rights, and peace movements. Honorees included prominent changemakers, Rinku Sen, President and Executive Director of the Applied Research Center; publisher of Colorlines, Father Greg Boyle, Director and Founder of Homeboy Industries, and our grant recipient, domestic workers rights group, Mujeres Unidas y Activas.

Opening and closing the evening was co-founder of the Ella Baker Center, Van Jones who highlighted some important wins for the organization over the past year. One of the biggest includes the ending of the dangerous time adds in California’s youth prisons which impacted 1,000 youth.

Also providing words of inspiration was Executive Director, Jakada Imani who moved the audience with his own personal story and revealed that the Ella Baker Center will soon be taking their campaigns to the next level, going from local to national!

Kapor Foundation staff had a fantastic time at the Ellas 2012! We congratulate each of the awardees and are excited about the Ella Baker Center’s upcoming efforts to take their people-powered campaigns to a national audience.

To view photos from the Ellas on Facebook, please click here.

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