Speakers


  • Desmond Meade

    Executive Director of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition and Chair of Floridians for a Fair Democracy


    Desmond Meade is a formerly homeless returning citizen who overcame many obstacles to eventually become the current Executive Director of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC), Chair of Floridians for a Fair Democracy, Chair of the Florida Coalition on Black Civic Participation’s Black Men’s Roundtable, and a graduate of Florida International University College of Law.

    Desmond recently orchestrated an historic meeting at the White House between returning citizens and the Obama Administration.  He has appeared on numerous shows such as Samantha Bee’s Full Frontal, the Tucker Carlson Show,  Al, Jazeera, Democracy NOW and MSNBC with Joy Ann Reid. He is a guest columnist for the Huffington Post in which one of his articles about the Trayvon Martin incident garnered national attention.

    Desmond has been featured in several newspaper and magazine articles, and was chosen as a “Game Changer” by Politic 365, as well as being recognized as a “Foot Soldier” on the Melissa Harris-Perry Show on MSNBC.


    Brandon Dasent

    Parkland Survivor and Student Activist


    Brandon Dasent is a survivor from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL. As a student activist, Brandon has been active in speaking about the need for students to feel safe in the classrooms, the impact of money in politics that prevent action from being taken, and racial inequities in the country.


    Erica Ford

    Founder, L.I.F.E. Camps, Inc.


    Erica Ford is a vessel of peace and an example of what a true role model is. Since the age of 18, the Queens native has founded organizations and initiatives to combat violence within the youth of her beloved New York.

    In 2002, she started L.I.F.E. Camps Inc., which came out of the Code Foundation, which was founded by the late Tupac Shakur,
    and was centered around the code of

    the streets. L.I.F.E. Camps, Inc is centered

    around the issue of gun violence in South Jamaica Queens. Erica Ford is one of the leading Gun Violence activists in the nation; she played a leading role in the creation of the Crisis Management system in New York that is responsible for the 10% decline in violence across New York City.

    Ms. Ford has been on NYC Police Commissioner’s advisory committee for police community relations, also she held a seat on former President Obama’s committee to improve police & community with police commissioner and several other police chiefs and commissioners around the nation. Ford has spoken from White House to Harvard University to the Hot Spot on the Back Block Transforming lives & Helping People Heal

    Now, the “Peace Is A Lifestyle” founder has headed countless initiatives
    and touched thousands of lives by working with the world’s most influential leaders, such as Deepak Chopra and Russell Simmons, to bring awareness to problems plaguing our communities. She realized the importance of the voice the message was coming from, knowing her friends and peers would not listen to just anybody, she’s worked with Tupac Shakur, Ja Rule, President Obama, to name a few, to enlighten the people who need peace the most—the youth of our inner cities.