JoHanna Thompson

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JoHanna Thompson

Template:TOCnestleft JoHanna Thompson is a South Florida activist. She is member of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization.

Backing Gillum

JoHanna Thompson wrote an article on the Freedom Road Socialist Organization's website “Don’t Let the Socialists Take Over Florida!” on the Gillum for Governor campaign.


Advocating for foster girls

National Black Women's Justice Institute June 3 2019:

NBWJI Spotlight: JoHanna Thompson, MPA shares her experience advocating for girls of color in the foster care system.

"In our initial conversation, she dispelled everything that was shared in her record. She was extremely intelligent and clearly articulated her life goals. She had aspirations of becoming a neurosurgeon like her role model Ben Carson. She spoke of her desire to be in school and her mastery of finding ways to take care of herself despite the instability of constantly being moved to different placements," says Thompson.[2]

A Vision for Black Lives


An Immediate End to the Criminalization and Dehumanization of Black Youth Across All Areas of Society Including, but Not Limited to, Our Nation’s Justice and Education Systems, Social Service Agencies, Media, and Pop Culture.

Authors & Contributors of this 2017 report included ● Whitney Maxey, Miami Public School Teacher ● Kwame Torian Easterling, MD, MPH ● Monica McLemore, PhD, MPH, RN, University of California, San Francisco ● JoHanna Thompson, MPA ● Nimaako Brown, MPH, CHES ● Thena Robinson Mock, Education Law CenterRuth Jeannoel, Power U Center for Social Change ● Rachel Gilmer, Dream DefendersChelsea Fuller, Advancement ProjectMarbre Stahly-Butts, Center for Popular DemocracyRachel Herzing Soros Justice Fellow ● Mary Hooks, Southerners On New GroundMark-Anthony Johnson, Dignity and Power NowTanya Greene, Attorney at Law ● Daryl Atkinson, Southern Coalition for Social JusticeAndrea Ritchie, Soros Justice Fellow ● Arielle Humphries, Center for Popular DemocracyCarl Lipscombe, Black Alliance for Just ImmigrationCrystal Peters, Center for Popular DemocracyChinyere Tutashinda, The Center for Media JusticeMalkia Cyril, The Center for Media JusticePete Haviland-Eduah, Million Hoodies Movement For JusticeKesi Foster, Urban Youth CollaborativeMontague Simmons, Organization for Black StruggleDeAngelo Bester, Workers Center for Racial JusticeDorian Warren, Center for Community ChangeDara Cooper, National Black Food and Justice AllianceBrandon King, Cooperation JacksonLinda TiganiAnja Rudiger, National Economic and Social Rights InitiativeCathy Albisa, National Economic and Social Rights InitiativeKarl Kumodzi, Black Youth Project 100, BlackbirdSteven Pitts, National Black Workers CenterRichard Wallace, Workers Center for Racial JusticeBenjamin Ndugga-Kabuye, Black Alliance for Just ImmigrationErica Smiley, Jobs with JusticePatrick Mason, Ph.D., Florida State University, National Economic and Social Rights InitiativeBeatriz Beckford, National Black Food and Justice AllianceRose Brewer, PhD, University of Minnesota ● Ife KilimanjaroToussaint Losier, Chicago Anti ­Eviction CampaignMya Hunter, Spirit HouseM. Adams, Freedom, Inc.Jonathan Stith, Alliance for Educational JusticeLumumba BandeleEmmanuel Caicedo, DemosViviana Bernal, DemosDamon L. Daniels, DemosTrupania Bonner, Open Democracy Project/Crescent City Media Group[3]



Jonathan MacKenzie, JoHanna Thompson, Yvonne Johnson, & Terry Vento at the Second Annual Reception for the PAMM Fund for African American Art April 2015.

Early days of Occupy Miami

In an effort to make sure their message is heard, organizers have scheduled a press conference for 10:30 a.m. They’re also planning a concert at the encampment Monday evening. This is one of several protests going on around Florida and the world to call attention to what they call financial and social inequality.

Those are the very issues that brought Gihan Perera, director of the Miami Workers Center, to the protest to show his support.

“The message that these young people have and the people that are out here and the people of the Occupy movement is something that we’ve been facing in Liberty City and the poor sections of the community for years and years,” said Perera.

The Occupy Miami event began at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Bayfront Park Amphitheatre. By 2 p.m. approximately 400 participants were in attendance. Later in the day hundreds turned to a thousand and the group marched to the Government Center in Downtown Miami.

About 30 participants, who took part in Saturday’s rally, camped out overnight and rallied again on a soggy Sunday.

“Yeah I hardly got any sleep but that’s because I was inspired, you know it was a good thing I guess,” said Kimo Nour.

So how long was Nour willing to stay?

“As long as it takes to be recognized because right now we’ve been branded as a bunch of liberals hippies, just bums really,” said Nour, “We’re not, we’re people just like everyone else, we’re the 99 percent.”

JoHanna Thompson set up a tent for herself and her two daughters.

“I understand that the banks and the government are giving money to their bosses who make millions and millions of dollars,” said 10-year old Jazz Thompson.

JoHanna Thompson said she hopes this will be a real learning experience for her children.

“I want them one to be able to experience what democracy looks like but I also have two young ladies coming up in America right now so I really do want them to be empowered,” said Thompson.

About 300 people took part in an Occupy Ft. Lauderdale march on Saturday and more than 1,500 people took part in an Occupy Orlando protest. [4]