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Renaldo Michael Pearson|
February 29, 1988
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Alma mater||Morehouse College|
|Movement||The Democracy Movement|
Born and raised in the metropolitan area of Washington, DC (otherwise known as "The DMV"), Renaldo Michael Pearson is a freedom-loving futurist and social engineer who currently resides in Boston, where he works as an administrator at Harvard University. A proud alumnus of Morehouse College (the alma mater of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.), he also serves on the National Coordinating Committee (NCC) of Democracy Spring, a colorful, history-making millennial-led movement formation committed to winning fundamental reforms to end the corruption of big money in politics and guarantee the right to vote for all Americans.
At Harvard -- where he was both promoted and selected to represent Harvard as keynote speaker at The University of Hong Kong's international conference on residential education within his first year -- Pearson serves as the House Administrator of Winthrop House (the Gryffindor of the 12 undergraduate Houses of Harvard College). As the youngest administrator at Harvard College, he serves as part Chief of Staff (for Winthrop's 100+ full and part-time, resident and non-resident staff), CFO, Resident Director (for Winthrop's 400+ students), COO or events (including commencement) and projects manager, and Executive Assistant to the Faculty Deans.
Prior to becoming a board member of the National Coordinating Committee of Democracy Spring (www.democracyspring.org), Pearson selflessly spent 3 years as a criminal justice advocate organizing and lobbying for revolutionary change to our nation’s criminal (in)justice system, while working locally to serve those most affected by it. His work fell along 3 registers: (1) as Member & Spokesman of The #EndMassIncarceration Coalition, he was the youngest member and spokesperson of the 200-member, all-star coalition (which included everyone from Michelle Alexander to Rosario Dawson, John Legend to the now-late Julian Bond) that petitioned and pushed the Obama administration toward its recent historic embrace of criminal justice reform; (2) as a writer and columnist, he was able to instantly broaden his reach and advocacy with several articles that made the front page of The Huffington Post; and (3) as deputy director of a network of halfway houses in metro Atlanta, he merged his macro (or "abolition") work with the micro (or "underground railroad") work of the movement to end mass incarceration.
However, despite making solid strides, it soon became clear to Pearson that the egalitarian movement at large would continue to yield diminishing returns hacking at the branches, instead of striking at the root of the problem: a broken democracy exacerbated by the corrupting influence of big money in politics. He saw that whether it was mass incarceration or mass deportation, environmental and economic injustice or gun control, the moneyed interests and big corporations were there at every turn to block progress through campaign finance and lobbying. So in April of 2016, Pearson answered Democracy Spring's clarion call, participated in the 140-mile march from Philadelphia to DC, and led freedom songs on the front-lines of the largest act of American civil disobedience this century, where he was arrested with over 1300 others while sitting-in and demanding that congress enact fundamental democracy reform. Most recently, he disrupted the January 2017 congressional certification of the Electoral College Vote in protest of what Pearson calls "the second leg of The New Jim Crow" (the first leg being the mass incarceration of the black and brown people) -- the mass disenfranchisement of black and brown people via the insidious pretext of voter fraud (see Greg Palast's best-selling documentary, "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy" to learn how this happened in the 2016 Presidential Election with the Interstate Crosscheck System created by Republican Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach).Pearson's mentors and major influences include: Robert M. Franklin Jr., Ronald S. Sullivan Jr., Michelle Alexander, Robert Reich, George William Domhoff, Peter Dreier, Richard Wilkinson, Gar Alperovitz, Bernie Sanders, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Martin Luther King Jr., Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. Du Bois, Benjamin Elijah Mays, Howard Thurman, Fannie Lou Hamer, Dorothy Height, Harry Belafonte, Muhammad Ali, and Malcolm X.
- "House Administrator". Retrieved 2017-07-10.
- "Renaldo M. Pearson | HuffPost". www.huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2017-07-10.
- "Protesters Arrested As Congress Certifies Trump's Victory". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 2017-07-10.