The Activated People LLC (TAP) is the nation’s premier online magazine and media platform dedicated to highlighting the progressive social justice topics shaping America’s cultural landscape, and showcasing the activists on the front lines of these battles. The publication serves as a hub for grassroots activists and those seeking to network and gain a deeper understanding of the issues. It is the brainchild of Mr. Kofi Annan, who is himself a social justice activist residing in northern Virginia.
TAP covers the full spectrum of topics to include: Racial/Ethnic Discrimination, Immigration, Economic Justice, Criminal Justice, Gun Control, Women’s Rights, Healthcare, Environmental Justice, Education, Voting Rights, and LGBTQ Rights.
The Activated People (TAP) was founded by Mr. Kofi Annan in 2019. Mr. Annan previously served as the president of the Fairfax County, Virginia National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) from 2016 to 2019. The branch led multiple successful advocacy efforts including: convincing the county to designate over $10M for affordable housing and police body-worn cameras; helped draft the county’s first police body-worn camera policy; adoption of county-funded five-year study to eliminate its pre-K waiting list; adoption of county-funded study aimed at eliminating racial disparity in police use of force; reform of the County’s School Resource officer policy which led to an almost 60% reduction in student arrests; and successfully advocated for the Fairfax County Public Schools to reform their teacher hiring practices to help reduce discrimination against African American teachers. Under his leadership the branch experienced a dramatic increase in advocacy efforts, resulting in the branch being awarded the Thalheimer Award, a National NAACP recognition as the best unit of its size in the country. He also served as the Virginia State Conference NAACP Criminal Justice Committee Chair, where he led the first ever state-wide Criminal Justice Symposium, championed legislation aimed at reforming police practices and policies, prosecutorial reform, and prison reform, juvenile justice, eliminating hate crimes.
Mr. Annan proudly served eight years in the U.S Army. He served in both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. He also founded Veteran Career Counseling Services LLC, a company that helped over 700 transitioning veterans. He holds a Master’s of Science in International Relations from Troy University, and a Bachelor's of Science in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology from Tennessee State University.