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Manuel Oliver      

Co-Founder at Change the Ref; Father of Joaquin Oliver, a Victim of Mass Shooting in Parkland, Florida; Gun Control Activist

Manuel Oliver's 17-year-old son Joaquin "Guac" Oliver was among the 14 students and three staff members killed in a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Oliver, who immigrated to Parkland from Venezuela, has dedicated himself to a particular brand of not-so-subtle activism. He started a non-profit advocacy group called “Change the Ref,” which seeks to vote out politicians who take NRA money and vote in politicians with gun-safety agendas and used his artist training and guerilla advertising instincts to keep focus on Guac and the more than 40K victims/year from gun violence in US. Recently, he went viral for confronting congressman Matt Gaetz and went viral for eviscerating Louis C.K’s recent “jokes” about Parkland. But Manuel’s biggest project has been a more than a year-long art installment. He and his team created 30 separate murals, sculptures, 3D printed likenesses, and paintings of Guac all over the country.


U.S. Manuel Oliver, father of Parkland shooting victim, addresses Texas elementary school shooting: "The families don't need your freaking hearts. They need their kids."
"My son Joaquin, my beautiful son Joaquin, my innocent son Joaquin, was shot four times with an AR-15," Oliver told CBS News' Lana Zak. "And today, we saw an 18-year-old in Texas was able to carry a weapon and kill kids inside their school."

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