Executive Director and Co-Founder
With 12+ years of experience in community organizing and leadership development, Dante Barry joins Million Hoodies with a commitment to developing the next generation of activists and organizers. Dante Barry is a writer, strategist, Executive Director and co-founder of Million Hoodies Movement for Justice.
Leadership Development Consultant
Kaydrianne Young is a justice advocate proudly born and raised in Miami, FL. While earning her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and Sustainability at the University of Florida, she worked with grassroots public education groups and her university to recruit, train, and mentor youth for leadership in environmental entrepreneurship and renewable energy advocacy.
Through her work with the American Heart Association and the Florida Legislature she has catalyzed investment in the growth of local healthy food entrepreneurs in black and brown communities disproportionately effected by food deserts across Florida. Believing in both the power of good government and civic engagement she has worked to elect progressive champions up and down the ticket and inspired increased political efficacy through public education events on pressing civil liberties and human rights issues. She is currently focused on building inclusive and intersectional structures for justice with the scope and capacity to aggressively fight to align political will with the will of the people.
Organizing Fellow, Internal Organizing
Paul is a social justice advocate working endlessly to serve his community.
As Base Building Lead Organizer at Million Hoodies Movement for Justice, he leads the organization’s efforts to build its membership and communicate its strategies and initiatives. As Membership and Recruitment chair of the NYC chapter of Million Hoodies Movement for Justice, Paul recruits and retains young activists in engaging ways for the chapter to further build next generation leaders to end anti-Black racism and systemic violence.
As Manager of Mayoral Outreach at Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a program of the gun violence prevention organization Everytown for Gun Safety, Paul works with current and former mayors across the country to amplify their voices in support of legislation that will reduce gun violence.
Paul also serves as President of the New York City Chapter of Penn State’s African American Alumni Organization after recently serving as Community Service Chair. As president, he leads the chapter and oversees all committees in efforts to serve the Black PSU alumni community in New York. As community service chair, he ran a mentorship program that builds relationships between Black undergraduates and alumni, he moderated roundtable discussions on topics ranging from romantic relationships to defining Blackness, and he worked with committee members to provide community service opportunities for the chapter.
And, as Board President of The Montana Racial Equity Project, Paul presides over the board of a non-profit organization that advocates equity and justice for historically marginalized, disenfranchised, and oppressed peoples in Montana. MTREP educates, trains, and activates organizers, individuals, groups, organizations, institutions, and businesses to invest in interrupting racism, bigotry, and prejudice whenever encountered.
Paul was born in St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the West Indies and now resides in Brooklyn, New York.
Organizing Fellow, External Organizing & Partner Engagement
Giavonni is a fierce social justice advocate originating from one of the epicenters of black culture, New Orleans. She is currently studying History & Economics at Bard College where she advocates, mentors, and organizes for multiple organizations. No matter what she’s working on she constantly integrates her passion for vocalizing the needs of underrepresented groups. Giavonni plays a vital role throughout all her involvement, primarily because of her ability to constructively challenge archaic ideas while offering tangible blueprints to produce meaningful change.
National Coordinating Committee
New York City Chapter
Serving over 5,000 residents yearly through programing, workshops and special events for youth, teen and adults through the Ingersoll Community Center, Samantha Johnson has begun to create a name in Fort Green since 2010. Through her partnerships with families and community stakeholders within the Fort Greene community and across New York, Ms. Johnson has connected community members to a multitude of services to strengthen family and community relations. Samantha’s passion is that she takes pride in community, youth development and social justice and feels that there are no limits to what a person should have access to. She is an active member of the NYC Chapter of Million Hoodies for Justice, NAACP and has partnered with SOS (Save our Streets). Ms. Johnson is an active member of Brooklyn Community Board No. 2, Youth Education and Cultural arts Committee and a proud graduate of The New School University. She is presently working on her masters for Social Work in Community Organizing at Hunter College. Ms. Johnson has been recognized by numerous organizations and received awards from Mothers Against Gangs Appreciation Award (2012), Brooklyn Community Church Sisterhood Award (2014) and Brooklyn Trailblazer Award (2013) Citation for community service from the Brooklyn Boro President (2015) and the Barclays Community Service Award (2016).
New York City Chapter
Jacqueline Bediako is a writer, educator and organizer. Her work has been published by: Atlanta Blackstar, Truthout, Feministing.com and My Joy Online in Ghana, among others. The daughter of Ghanaian immigrants, Jacqueline was born and raised in London and now lives in Brooklyn, New York. A graduate of the University of Bristol in England and Brooklyn College, she is currently working towards certification as a behavior analyst. As an organizer, Jacqueline’s work focuses on supporting immigrants seeking opportunity and civil rights in New York City. As a member of the New York City Chapter of Million Hoodies Movement for Justice, Jacqueline focuses on empowering black and brown communities through education and community building. She also focuses on expanding coalitions with allied organizations to challenge systemic violence and anti-black racism.
Washington, DC Chapter
Pete Haviland-Eduah is a public policy professional and graduate of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. Originally from Saratoga Springs, NY, Pete has served as a spokesperson for and member of the Million Hoodies Movement for Justice since 2014.
Pete has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, the Hill, the Nation, and NBC News. He’s participated as a panelist and invited keynote public speaker at colleges and universities in the U.S. and was a co-creator of the 2015 short documentary film, Walking the Line of Blackness.
Bard College Chapter
Lexi Parra is a Venezuelan-American originally from Minneapolis, MN. She is a rising senior Photography and Human Rights Joint Major at Bard College. As an artist and young organizer, she is constantly learning the many ways to uplift and create space for our communities as we fight for true liberation.
West Florida Chapter
Dajé Austrie is Carribean-American hailing from the U.S. Virgin Islands. Dajé Austrie is a third year undergraduate student at New College of Florida, seeking a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. He expects to attend medical school after successfully finishing his time at New College. When off campus, Dajé is the Executive Co-chair and cofounder of the West Florida Chapter of Million Hoodies. He sees this organization as a medium for both peer-driven community service and as a space for young black and brown people to find support from one another.