Since Million Hoodies Movement for Justice’s inception, we have worked to tackle issues of mass criminalization in Black and Brown communities. When cutting through the issues in our communities: racial profiling, police brutality, the school to prison pipeline, the war on drugs, the attacks on immigrants, and gun violence, a common thread appears. The link between all of these issues is the prison industrial complex: interests of the government and private industries to use surveillance, policing, and imprisonment as solutions to economic, social, and political ills.
The Million Hoodies Movement for Justice is a national racial justice organization 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 50,000+ members and college chapters across the U.S., and home to the Frequency, an online media platform sharing stories from our members, aggregate news, and feature multimedia.
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.
NATIONAL NETWORK ORGANIZING:
Through the Million Hoodies Action Network we support a nationwide network of high school and 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
Dante began organizing walk-outs, demonstrations, speak outs and rallies at 17 while high school teachers' union fought for a contract. As a grassroots and online organizer in the racial justice and police accountability movements, Dante brings experience in community organizing, advocacy, and leadership development to this work. Recently named in Revolt TV's New Leaders of Social Justice, Dante Barry is the Executive Director of the Million Hoodies Movement for Justice, a national racial justice organization that protects and empower young people of color from mass criminalization and gun violence through strategic communications, grassroots organizing, and creative technology.
Dante has previously worked for national progressive organizations such as the Roosevelt Institute, Roosevelt Institute Campus Network, School Based Health Alliance, Political Development Group, LLC and supported local New Jersey electoral races. During his tenure at the Roosevelt Institute, Dante ran the organization’s national online organizing programs, ran Campus Network operations, implemented student-driven national policy campaigns, and directed the Campus Network’s premiere three-city fellowship program. At the School Based Health Alliance, Dante helped launch the organization’s first youth track at their annual conference and supported federal and state advocacy efforts for health and education of low-income communities.
Dante has appeared on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, CNN, NPR, New York Times, Al Jazeera America, ABC News, Next City, Colorlines, Huffington Post, and BBC World Service. Dante received his BA in Political Science and International Relations with a minor in Communications from Monmouth University where he also served as Class President. Dante is a graduate of the 2011 New Organizing Institute BlackRoots New Media Bootcamp. Dante can be found on Twitter @DanteBarry. Email Dante.
Pete Haviland-Eduah, Media & National Policy Director
Pete is Million Hoodies' policy director and working towards completing his Master’s degree at the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. Originally from Saratoga Springs, New York, Pete received his Bachelor’s degree in History and Africana Studies from Union College and has worked on political campaigns, in the United States Senate, and in communications consulting in Washington, D.C. Pete is passionate about continuing the March towards true equality and working with the Million Hoodies Team to further that mission. Follow Pete on Twitter at @TheNotoriousPHE. Email Pete.
Hannah Rose, Field Organizer
Hannah is a 19 year old sophomore studying Public Health at Binghamton University in New York. She is currently working as Social Media assistant for Femillennials and is involved with the food co-op and fossil fuel divestment initiative on the Binghamton campus. Along with Million Hoodies, Hannah works within the causes of food justice, environmentalism, and gender equality. You can find Hannah on Twitter at @HannahPenina. Email Hannah.
Francisco Romo, Data Analyst
Francisco is a reporter and data analyst for the Million Hoodies Movement. He is a trained community organizer and educator focusing on community development and educational attainment in low-income communities. While working in Los Angeles he organized for higher wages for service workers throughout the city and established a sustainable mentoring program for underrepresented youth. Francisco has worked with public agencies across the U.S. as an educational consultant, community organizer, and planning associate advocating for greater equality in cities. He is currently working towards a Master’s in Urban Planning at the University of Michigan and furthering his passions of activism, organizing and data analysis. Email Francisco.
Autumn Alston, Contributing Writer
Amy Frame, Director of Digital Strategies
Amy brings years of experience as an activist and community advocate to her role as the Director of Digital Strategies for Million Hoodies. She has worked on a variety of issues and has worked on numerous local, state, and national election campaigns for progressive candidates and has been elected as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention.
Amy holds a BA from the American University School of International Service and an MA from the New School Graduate Program in International Affairs and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Her studies sparked an interest in the use if digital media for promoting human rights and developing relationships between government institutions and citizens.
Her interest in digital engagement has led her to co-found and create the Webby nominated sites Crasstalk and CrassParenting. She has also managed several successful campaigns on online privacy, whistle blower protections, and human rights. She also does freelance web design, social media consulting, and digital campaign consulting. Amy lives in beautiful Washington, DC with her loyal beagle. You can find her on Twitter at @themercenary. Email Amy.
Brianna Sarabia, Managing Editor
Brianna Sarabia is a born and raised Californian with degrees in Political Science and Sociology from UC Santa Barbara. Though new to activism, she used her time at UCSB to study social movements and what makes them succeed. She works with struggling students from economically challenged backgrounds as a teaching assistant. Brianna brings with her a long-held interest in making government more accountable to the people it is supposed to protect, especially children, and four years experience as an online editor and community moderator. Email Brianna.
Annie Schoening, Social Media Manager
Annie Schoening grew up in Louisville, Kentucky and Cleveland, Ohio and now lives in NYC. She has 8+ years of digital marketing experience, including MTV and Columbia Business School. She is honored to work with the Million Hoodies team and believes in the power of digital activism to end stop-and-frisk and America's lax gun policies. Follow her on Twitter at @Schoprah #HoodiesUp Email Annie.
Paul Lawrence, Web Master
Dai Cao, Digital Organizer
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