Since our inception, we have worked to tackle issues of mass criminalization and systemic violence 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. Ultimately, safety for Black and Brown communities requires a move away from mass criminalization and a move towards grassroots organizing and community-driven solutions. Community-driven solutions must reflect an investment in youth of color communities that for too long been victims of violence, economic deprivation, incarceration, and political isolation.
Million Hoodies is tapping into its network to challenge the defining issue of our time: inequality. Following the tradition of our Safety Beyond Policing campaign in New York City, Million Hoodies works on the issue of inequality and reimagining community safety. We believe that we need to convey a more expansive vision about safety and justice that reflects the lived experiences of communities that have been historically disinvested in. Safety is about more than crime and punishment – safety is when people are paid living wages, have rights at work, have sustainable jobs and have the right to receive shelter.