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Dante Barry is a nationally recognized strategist, community organizer, and writer with 12+ years of experience in developing democratic institutions for social change.
Dante is committed to strengthening the progressive movement’s capacity to train the next generation of leaders and win policy victories that transform communities for the long-term. A millennial trailblazer, Dante is widely respected for his creativity and bold leadership at Million Hoodies Movement for Justice. There he has a track record of building effective social change campaigns that have advanced human rights and the movement to end gun violence and police accountability. He is currently featured in the Museum of the City of New York’s #ActivistNY exhibit for his transformative contribution to modern day social movements.
Barry is the co-founder and Executive Director of Million Hoodies Movement for Justice. Million Hoodies Movement for Justice is a human rights organization dedicated to ending gun violence and reimagining safety and justice for all communities. MHJ partners with leaders and advocates to advance state reform through advocacy, public education, coalition-building, and research. MHJ also brings together students, elected officials, and survivors of gun violence to advance policies that help communities most harmed by the criminal justice system. We promote strategies to stop the cycle of violence and build healthy communities. As Executive Director, he is responsible for strengthening and expanding the organization’s approach to engaging young people of color communities through pop culture, innovation, community organizing, and policy advocacy.
Previously he acted as a director of a summer organizing fellowship and Chapter Services Coordinator for the Roosevelt Network, providing triage and training a generation of young people to organize for student-driven policy initiatives at the local level. Dante also served as the Engagement Editor for the Roosevelt Institute, launching the organization’s first digital program. He also advocated for education and healthcare policy at the state and federal levels to provide low-income access to school based health centers at the School Based Health Alliance.
His work has garnered national attention and praise. Dante has been recognized as one of the top most influential African Americans by The Root and has been recognized and honored by the Roosevelt Institute, the CUNY Murphy Institute, Revolt TV, MTV, and the Huffington Post. Dante's work has also been featured in The Future We Want: Radical Ideas for the New Century. Dante has appeared on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, MSNBC, CNN, NPR, The Intercept, The New York Times, Democracy Now, Washington Post, and his words have been published in popular outlets such as The Nation Magazine, The Guardian, Ebony Magazine, and Huffington Post.
Dante found his passion for community organizing as a student organizer in New Jersey where he was born and raised. He deeply believes in and cares about developing new leaders on the front lines of transformative social change and is frequently consulted to provide trainings and workshops. A graduate of Monmouth University, Dante received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Communication. You can find Dante on Twitter at @DantBarry.