President, Solutions Institute
The Solutions Institute’s President Andrew Aponick got his first taste of activism working on an international human rights case involving Latvian-American businesswoman Inara Vilkaste, who was falsely imprisoned following her husband Vladimir’s whistleblowing efforts. He then turned his focus to the Occupy Movement, and has been deeply involved in the Black Lives Matter movement as a protestor and organizer. Andrew works with acTVism Munich as a production supervisor, his latest project being their interview of Noam Chomsky following the Paris terror attacks. The interview was picked up by such news outlets as The Real News Network, Salon, Truthdig and The Anti-Media. He writes for American News X on topics including the American police state, the U.S. drone war, and the 2016 presidential election. Andrew is an exercise physiologist with a masters in applied physiology from Columbia University where he also studied biobehavioral science and psychology, in particular the psychology of power. Andrew’s years in the music industry let him develop his talents as a scout, agent and artist manager. He helps run a Facebook group of close to 7,000 members, Mind Banged, where activists connect and discuss the issues of the day.
Issues: Human/Civil Rights, Police Accountability, War on Drugs, Campaign Finance Reform
Social Media, Media Relations, Graphic Design
Steve Beson is the founder of FLActivist, an activist empowerment organization, and founding member of Florida Cop Watch. His day job is small business owner and restauranteur. He specializes in social media content creation and creative writing and planning to help organizations gain support for their cause. He is a frequent contributor to alternative media and activism organizations including The Anti-Media and People Against the NDAA. Ultimately, he believes the best results from activism are accomplished by successfully bridging the gap between social media activism and real world activism. He will focus not only on gaining attention for your cause, but getting the right kind of attention, and most importantly getting meaningful results.
Issues: Drug policy, law enforcement accountability & corruption, small business, and social media events.
Vice President, SI, Direct Action Campaigns, Graphic and Video Design, Social Media
Justin Breen is one of the National Coordinators for The Common Ground Movement, and administrator of “The Activism Exchange”. He has helped organize numerous local protests for many organizations such as March Against Monsanto, No War with Syria, March Against the Mainstream Media, and others, and enjoys working with event planners on how to achieve the desired outcomes for their event. Through a successful career in the Motion Graphics and Visual Effects industry, he has developed innovative, corporate marketing campaigns for AT&T, Coca-Cola, and Aramark at the local and national level and specializes in idea branding, event planning, social media analytics, direct action campaigns (such as call floods and twitter storms) and both print work and video design (13 years experience). His main goals are bringing people together to focus on what they can agree on, rather than what labels define them.
Social Media and Assistant Project Developer
Mitchell first became interested in activism when he was still in middle school. He saw the potential with the internet, and began interacting with others online. Through this network of friends, Mitchell began to get more involved with activism and a growing need to help others. His interests include cyber security, programming, independent journalism, and human rights. In addition to the Solutions Institute, he is also involved in several anti human trafficking groups. His preferred position is working behind the scenes. He has volunteered on a national level with the Center for Search and Investigation for Missing Children. Besides working with SI, he currently is a student attending university, and assists with key projects in certain activist circles. Mitchell’s main goals are internal project development, and growing SI’s social media reach to new levels of success.
Caroline Collins trained in social psychology and interactive telecommunications, and has worked as a front-end web developer and user interface specialist in internet publishing since 1997. Her early clients included IBM, AOL, and Teen Magazine. Her passion for screen printing was born in a high school graphic arts class, and has persisted through a long career in technology. Currently studying screen-printing technology at the college level, Ms. Collins strives to combine images and words to convey an unmistakable message at a glance. In addition, she is an experienced writer and editor, with publications on topics ranging from designing a stealth farm into your ornamental planting beds to the perils of contemporary pharmaceuticals. With her extensive experience, Caroline can help you with your graphic, t-shirt, or web design needs.
Issues: Social cognition, gerontology, nonverbal communication, attitudes, and mental health.
SI Creative Director, Brand Development, Graphic Design, Web Design and Strategy
Joseph Fioramonti is a graphic design professor at The University of Baltimore in Baltimore, MD and the owner and creative director of the brand development studio Dark Square Design. He has worked with local, national, and international companies and organizations to develop their brand and web strategies.
Vincent got into activism after he became a father and started wondering what the world would be like in 50-100 years. He started with People Against the NDAA (PANDA), and still represents PANDA Wisconsin. He has steadily increased his activism since that time. Vincent currently leads SI’s Intake Management division, and ensures new clients get the individualized attention they need to take their activism to new heights.
James is a true freedom activist, with specialties in trades including communications, marketing, engineering design, and construction. As a freelance journalist, he’s written in nearly every news category. His activism began at the early age of 14, where he began boycotting television, speaking out against corporate greed, and attending protests up and down the west coast. Today he directs his energies at filming the police for accountability, and revolutionizing the social structure fabricated for us all.
Dan Johnson, Founder of the Solutions Institute, entered activism at 18. Over the next two and a half years, he grew PANDA, People Against the NDAA, into the largest movement resisting a federal law at the local level in the United States. In the meantime, he wrote for The Huffington Post, Policy Mic, Occupy.com, Western Journalism, BenSwann.com, and many others. He has spoken at nearly 75 events, and has appeared on numerous radio and TV shows, including Coast to Coast AM, Liberty Roundtable, and RT America’s Breaking the Set. He is a certified Nationbuilder Expert, and has extensive experience in public speaking, copyediting, organizational management, legalese (unfortunately), social media, and dealing with every level of government. Sponsor my work.
Issues: NDAA, police militarization, military detention, war on terror.
Ted Metz is a working Activist in Georgia and is involved in many activist organizations including Right2KnowRight2Grow, March Against Monsanto Atlanta, Operation Educate, P.A.N.D.A. and others working to restore the Rule of Law. He is involved in politics fighting for Liberty and working with candidates for public office. Ted is a skilled web developer, graphics designer, writer, videographer, video editor, veteran and patriot. Ted is the assistant Technology Chair and head Graphic Designer for the ActCon series.
Anita MonCrief has over sixteen years of grassroots advocacy and issue-based community organizing experience. MonCrief has collaborated with numerous liberty-minded organizations, and in her free time MonCrief is the vice chair of The Civil Rights Institute and a member of the advisory board of the Black Conservatives Fund. MonCrief attended the University of Alabama where she majored in political science and history. MonCrief has worked with the American Bar Association’s Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative (ABA CEELI), and in 2002, she partnered with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe on their mission to Macedonia as an election observer. In 2008 she came forward as the confidential source of the New York Times and then publicly to expose ACORN, and gained notoriety as the ACORN whistle blower
She currently serves as the Executive Director, leading the charge on many of our relief efforts in Puerto Rico and Flint while also developing curriculum for our activist training programs.
Event Planning, Radio
Robert is an independent constitutionalist and fights for liberty and human rights. A long time business owner, he has produced and hosted many radio shows including All The Way Live on 95 The Met, NY; KNAC in Los Angeles and at present Coffee Party USA Radio. He is a member of the PANDA national team., Coffee Party Newsroom Editorial Team, American Constitution Society for Law and Policy and the Atlanta Organizing Project. He served as Marketing Director for Free and Equal Elections Foundation and is presently the editor of a number of social media pages. Robert has created and produced many events including the Susquehanna Valley Rockfest, the Festival of Nations, the PANDA Take Back Tour and the March Against Monsanto Atlanta rallies. He has also created and produced entertainment contests, pageants and a variety of concerts including for Breaking Benjamin and Doc Severinsen. Robert offers assistance in event management, creation and execution, as well as promotional work and production of events, shows and community organization. Robert has extensive experience in production and hosting radio shows in both music and talk formats.
Issues: NDAA, drone warfare, military law and regulations, and the civil rights movement.
Director of Strategic Programs
Mark Dhaniram is a writer, entertainer, organizer, and activist that started his activism marching with the Black Lives Matter movement in New York City following the murder of Eric Garner. His foray into organizing began when he co-founded MissionFlint, an organization focused on short-term relief and long-term solutions for the city of Flint, Michigan. The ongoing water crisis galvanized an ambitious group of activists from all around the country to come together for a common cause, delivering water to low-income areas and meeting with other activist organizations to strategize . The organization continues to grow, partnering with Solutions Institute on many programs and events in the area. He currently resides in Queens, New York where he continues to develop programs for our work in Puerto Rico and Flint.