Million Hoodies Movement for Justice is a national racial justice network with 50,000 members founded to protect and empower young people of color from mass criminalization and gun violence. By leveraging strategic communications, grassroots organizing, and creative technology, we seek to build a safer and fair America by transforming the public narrative on the criminalization of young people of color while providing the tools necessary for communities to protect themselves. Million Hoodies empowers a network of online members and college chapters across the U.S., and is home to the Frequency, our online media platform.
NATIONAL NETWORK ORGANIZING:
Through the Million Hoodies Action Network we support a nationwide network of college chapters working to achieve a safer and fair America. Sign up to start a chapter in your community today.
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
Hannah Rose, Action Network Field Organizer
Allegra Phox, Action Network Campaigns Organizer
Frank Romo, Program Manager
Autumn Alston, Contributor
Amy Frame, Director of Digital Strategies
Brianna Sarabia, Managing Editor
Annie Schoening, Social Media Manager
Paul Lawrence, Web Master
Dai Cao, Digital Organizer
Looking for a job, internship, or volunteer opportunity? Apply to join our team.
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.