Million Hoodies for Justice is a national racial justice network, that builds next generation leaders and uses media to push back against anti-black racism. With 10+ chapters across the country, Million Hoodies organizes students, artists, and young people of color in communities and campuses to end mass criminalization and gun violence.
We seek to build a safer and more just society 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 promotes a racial justice framework to advance a participatory democracy and human rights for all.
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.” Founded in the wake of the murder of Trayvon, Million Hoodies formed in response to the media’s failure to adequately report on the events leading to Trayvon’s 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. Trayvon Martin became the only news story of 2012 to surpass the presidential election in mainstream media coverage. 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. In 2014, Million Hoodies partnered with ColorOfChange.org in a successful grassroots campaign to stop Oklahoma from criminalizing Black youth from wearing hoodies in public spaces.
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 placed 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.