Mr. Jonathan W. Hutto, Sr. embraced his calling laboring for Social Justice and Peace at the age of 20 as the President of the Howard University Student Association (HUSA) in 1997-98. As President of HUSA he represented the student body at the World Festival of Youth and Students in Havana, Cuba. While he was there Jonathan met a number of survivors of America’s War against the Black Liberation Movement, including Assata Shakur who was granted asylum by the government of the late Fidel Castro. Upon graduation from Howard University, Jonathan worked as the Community Outreach Director for the American Civil Liberties Union of the National Capital Area (ACLU-NCA). From there he went on to became the Membership Program Coordinator for Amnesty International’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Office.
In 2004, Jonathan enlisted in the United States Navy as a Mass Communications Specialist. He immediately confronted a culture of ingrained racism and xenophobia. Using the Military Whistle-blower Protection Act, Jonathan helped to mobilize over 2000 service members, through the Appeal for Redress campaign, to send protected communications to their members of Congress calling for an end to the occupations in Iraq-Afghanistan and to send the troops home. Jonathan was Honorably discharged from the Navy in 2011.
In the aftermath of Trayvon Martin’s tragic murder in 2012, Jonathan reorganized the Prince George’s People’s Coalition. At the Maryland Legislature for both the 2015 and 2016 sessions, Jonathan mobilized activists from Prince George’s County to testify in support of Police Accountability legislation.
Jonathan is married to fellow Howard Bison Yolanda B. Hutto. They recently gave birth to their daughter Nadira on November 25th 2017.