Father of Joaquin “Guac” Oliver who was murdered in Parkland Florida on February 14/2018 during the MSD high school mass shooting.
Artist, Creative Director and recognizable mentor for the Advertising Industry. Gun Safety campaigner, global activist and international speaker.
Manuel 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.
“Gun violence is beyond schools, beyond Parkland and even beyond our amazing son Joaquin”
Manuel Oliver Job Title Activist, Co-Founder Company CHANGE THE REF