About Million Hoodies

Million Hoodies Movement for Justice is a national network with 50,000 members founded to protect and empower young people of color from mass criminalization and gun violence. Million Hoodies empowers a network of students, artists, activists, and organizers across the U.S.

We use three strategies to build a safer and just America:

- strategic communications

- grassroots organizing

- creative technology 


NATIONAL NETWORK ORGANIZING:

Through the Million Hoodies Action Network we support a nationwide network of college chapters working to achieve a safer and just America. Sign up to start a chapter in your community today.

STAFF

Our team works tirelessly to support Million Hoodies' national network. Meet our Central Coordinating Office:

Dante Barry, Executive Director      

Pete Haviland-Eduah, Policy and Communications Director 

Allegra Phox, Campaigns Organizer, Action Network

Matthew Richardson, Western Field Organizer, Action Network

Brittany Williams, National Coordinator, Artist Network

Frank Romo, Program Manager

Amy Frame, Director of Digital Strategies

Annie Schoening, Social Media Manager 

Looking for a job, internship, or volunteer opportunity? Apply to join our team.

 


HISTORY:

On February 26, 2012, unarmed Black teenager Trayvon Martin, was shot and killed by a neighborhood watchman in Sanford, Florida, simply because he “looked suspicious.” Million Hoodies was founded in March 2012 by Daniel Maree in response to the murder of Trayvon and the events leading up to and after his death. While George Zimmerman remained free, mainstream media had failed at covering the story.

Million Hoodies successfully helped to generate global support for the arrest of George Zimmerman by collecting over two million petition signatures on Change.org (created by students at Howard University), which became the fastest growing petition in the history of the Internet. In 2012, Million Hoodies created a new tool to help track and document incidents of police misconduct and institutional discrimination and has since collected over 2,000 incidents of misconduct in New York City alone. Trayvon Martin became the only news story of 2012 to surpass the presidential election in mainstream media coverage. In 2014, Fox News Correspondent Bill O’Reilly named Million Hoodies onto his ‘evil-doers’ list for our leadership on police accountability.

Million Hoodies has generated millions of dollars in earned media for victims and families of senseless gun violence and received several awards, including: 2 Cannes Lions, 2 Gold Andy Awards, 2 Bronze Art Director’s Club Awards, a 2013 D&AD Silver Pencil nomination, a 2013 Webby Award Nomination for Public Service and Activism (which places Million Hoodies as one of the 5 best campaigns in the world in its category), and the 2013 Do Something Award Grand Prize, which honors world changers aged 25 and younger.