Million Hoodies Movement for Justice was born out of outrage after the tragic shooting of Black teenager Trayvon Martin in 2012. Since our founding, Million Hoodies for Justice has been working to bridge the intellectual gap between gun violence and the criminalization of communities of color. Too many young people from our communities are dying and aren’t provided the opportunity to realize their dreams of living prosperous and healthy lives. Gun violence is a public health crisis in the United States and part of a vicious cycle of racial and economic injustice, leading to thousands of deaths each year.
Million Hoodies Movement for Justice is a human rights organization dedicated to ending gun violence and reimagining safety and justice for all communities. Million Hoodies for Justice partners with leaders and advocates to advance state reform through advocacy, public education, coalition-building, and research. Million Hoodies for Justice 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.
We Stand United started as an idea to foster connections and unity, and to provide a hopeful vision in the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election. On the night before Trump’s Inauguration, We Stand United hosted a rally that brought together more than 25,000 New Yorkers outside Trump International Hotel and Tower in Columbus Circle. The rally featured advocates from over 70 immigrants rights, civil rights, environmental, LGBTQ, and human rights organizations as well as Mayor de Blasio, Reverend Al Sharpton, Robert De Niro, Cher, Rosie Perez, Alec Baldwin, Mark Ruffalo, Marisa Tomei, Sally Field, Michael Moore, Natalie Merchant, Shailene Woodley, Julianne Moore, and Cynthia Nixon. The rally was featured prominently in news stories, reaching tens of millions of Americans including more than 13.6 million people who watched on Livestream. #WeStandUnited trended on Twitter on the night of the rally and became prominent over the Inauguration weekend.
Since then, We Stand United has continued to build alliances and collaboration across the resistance movement and around critical fights. We Stand United is a 501(c)4 organization, coordinated by a group of organizers, advocates, artists, and others, with ties across the Resistance Movement.