This was a rough year. We lost legendary celebrity icons and our communities continued to be targets of criminalization and violence. Despite those challenges, we had a banner year at Million Hoodies and we wanted to celebrate our “Best of 2016” with you.
As our members and staff prepare for what’s ahead in 2017, we hope this list brings solace in what is possible in moments of despair. We must remain hopeful in our ability to build a winning movement for human dignity and democracy.
If you believe in our movement for Black lives and the people joining the ranks of the front lines, I hope that you’ll chip in with an end-of-year gift of $25 to help us keep building and defending our communities in 2017.
I believe that we will win.
We joined our partners at the Black Lives Matter Network and BYP100 in a national day of action after the murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by occupying police union headquarters around the country. [Read more]
2. Ella Baker Leadership Program
We launched the Ella Baker Leadership Program to train our chapter leadership to be effective community organizers and change agents. The Ella Baker Leadership Program introduces our members to the basics of building a chapter and community organizing.
3. Vision for Black Lives
We joined 20+ Black-led organizations in producing a comprehensive policy platform and vision for Black lives, demanding an end to the war on Black people. Our Policy Co-Chair Pete Haviland-Eduah contributed to the policy brief (click to read) about demilitarizing law enforcement. [Read more]
4. We Fight, We Love — A Revolutionary Act
Our Executive Director Dante Barry was published in Ebony Magazine’s February issue cover story about Black love. Dante Barry was also included in a new book, The Future We Want: Radical Ideas for the New Century (click to purchase) [Read more]
5. Anti-Spellings protests erupt on campus and across North Carolina
Our Greensboro chapter led actions against the newly elected University of North Carolina system president Margaret Spellings. [Read more]
6. Education Justice Partner of the Year
Our members accepted the Education Justice Partner of the Year award from the United States Student Association.
7. Speak Your Peace
Our New York City chapter hosted a fun community-building open mic night in partnership with the Peace Poets.
8. Bard for Black Lives
Bard College, one of our newest chapters organized a powerful rally and vigil on campus after the murder of Tyre King in coordination with our national day of action.
9. Post-Election Convening
We felt the need to bring some of our members together after the election for community healing and strategizing.
10. Telling the Stories of Activism in New York City Today
In their renovated ActivistNY exhibit, The Museum of the City of New York profiled Million Hoodies and our Executive Director Dante Barry in an interactive video station at the museum. [Read more]
We have a hard year ahead of us but we will stand strong, committed to win and be powerful as ever.
Always in community,
Dante Barry & the MHJ Squad