Since the shooting death of Mike Brown, his name has sparked international protest and has inspired people from all over the world to join the residents of Ferguson, Missouri in protest –including, youth activist Dante Barry. Dante currently, works as the Deputy Director for Million Hoodies Movement for Justice; Million Hoodies was established in March 2012 in response to the murder of Trayvon Martin. What began as a grassroots effort to pursue justice on behalf of his family, quickly evolved into a full-fledged organization. Million Hoodies is a national organization with over 50,000 members working to protect and empower young people of color from racial profiling and senseless gun violence through creative technology, strategic communications, and grassroots organizing.
Before joining Million Hoodies, Dante worked at Roosevelt Institute Campus Network, the nation’s largest student policy organization, Dante ran operations and led the group’s online organizing work, including training regional communications coordinators, developing and implementing national policy campaigns, and supporting communications. Additionally, Dante directed the Campus Network’s premiere three-city fellowship program, providing undergraduate college students with the skills and resources to design local grassroots policy ideas and action plans for social change. At the School-Based Health Alliance, Dante helped launch the organization’s first-ever youth track at their annual conference and supported federal and state advocacy efforts.
As an activist, Dante felt compiled to not only to lend his voice but also his organization, whose purpose is to transform the public narrative on gun violence and racial profiling while providing the tools necessary for communities to protect themselves to the organizing taking place in Ferguson. Since the shooting, videos /pictures documenting the interaction between protesters and police have been released which have generated mixed emotions around peaceful outcomes for Ferguson. To see Dante’s firsthand account of what he saw on the ground in Ferguson, check out the pictures and video below: