The Human Rights Documentation Initiative

The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights documentary footage collection



Descriptive Summary

Creator Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, WITNESS (organization)
Title The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights documentary footage collection
Dates: circa 1998-1999
Abstract The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights documentary footage collection consists of seventeen videos of raw footage documenting political protests, rallies, interviews and community events that draw attention to police brutality, youth, and the U.S. prison industry. The organization used the footage to create the documentaries Books Not Bars (2001) and System Failure: Violence, Abuse and Neglect in the California Youth Authority (2004).
Accession No. 2014-01
OCLC Record No.
Extent 17 videos
Language English
Repository Human Rights Documentation Initiative, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Note

The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights is an Oakland, California based organization that works to advance racial and economic justice for low-income people and people of color. The center opened in 1996 and has closed five youth prisons in California and created a statewide advocacy network for families of incarcerated youth as part of their larger goal to break the cycle of mass incarceration, particularly in communities of color. The Ella Baker Center supports community rebuilding and reinvestment by advocating for the reallocation of state and federal resources from prisons towards education and employment opportunities for the communities most affected by the system of mass incarceration in the United States.

In collaboration with WITNESS, The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights has produced two documentaries: Books Not Bars (2001) and System Failure: Violence, Abuse and Neglect in the California Youth Authority (2004). Named for the organization’s campaign to close California’s youth prisons, Books Not Bars is geared toward educating youth about the growth of the U.S. prison system and the human rights abuses which occur within the criminal justice system. The documentary chronicles the youth-led movement against the U.S. prison industry and aims to mobilize audiences to participate in youth activism, focusing specifically on campaigns that were working in opposition to a proposed youth jail in Alameda, California. System Failure highlights the disparity between expenditures on prisons and education in the state of California as well as the ways in which such discrepancies in spending disproportionately affect communities of color. The documentary focuses specifically on the abuses experienced by those imprisoned by the California Youth Authority and the effects of such abuses thereafter. Both documentaries utilize the footage from this collection, which includes recordings of political protests, teach-ins, interviews, and other community events, many involving the Bay Area youth activist organization The Third Eye Movement.

References:

Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. “Ella Baker Center for Human Rights: About Us,” http://ellabakercenter.org/about/about-us (Accessed July 22, 2014)


Scope and Contents Note

This collection is comprised of one series, Raw Footage, which consists of seventeen digitized videos that document various activities focused on police brutality, youth, and the U.S. prison industry. The raw video footage includes political protests, rallies, teach-ins, conferences, interviews, court hearings, and community events taking place in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1998-1999. The videos are organized in chronological order. Titles provided by WITNESS.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Use Restrictions

Standard copyright restrictions apply.


Index Terms

The is classified under the following Subject Headings in the University of Texas Libraries catalog:
Subjects (Persons)
Subjects
Books Not Bars
California Youth Authority
Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
Police brutality—United States
Prison-industrial complex
Prisons—California
Racism—United States
Youth protest movements
Places
San Francisco Bay Area (Calif.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Cite as: [Name of video], Human Rights Documentation Initiative, University of Texas Libraries, the University of Texas at Austin.


Box and Folder Inventory

Raw Footage, circa 1998-1999

box folder
1 B01102 People describe police raid of the MLK co-op apartments, 2 September 1998
B01101 Martin Luther King Jr / Marcus Garvey Raid / Police Commission, 30 October 1998
B01107 Demonstration addressing the death of Sheila Detoy and wrongful arrest of Michael Negron, 13 November 1998
B01108 Protest rally against the wrongful arrest of Michael Negron, 25 November 1998
B01103 Rally against police brutality, 8 February 1999
B01104 Interviews with victims of police brutality, 13 May 1999
B01105 Scenes in a house that was raided by police 6 months before, 13 May 1999
B01106 Cultural event from the Third Eye Movement, 09 July 1999
B01112 Rally for Mumia Abu-Jamal in Oakland, speakers include Angela Davis, 7 October 1999
B01113 Police Misconduct Legal training, part 1, 14 October 1999
BO1114 Police Misconduct Legal training, part 2, 14 October 1999
B01329 Juvi Crime Pop Action against Hilton, 27 October 1999
B01110 Droppin’ Game teach-in / training part 2, no date
B01111 Droppin’ Game teach-in / training part 3, no date
B01330 Hearing on jail conditions, no date
B01115 Police Misconduct Legal training, part 3, no date
B01109 Rally against police brutality, no date