Antoniese (Tony) Gant is the Mid-Michigan Regional Coordinator for Nation Outside. He believes that directly impacted people should have the power to impact the political process so that their communities are safe and vibrant, with real opportunities and support for people who have been incarcerated. As a young man Mr. Gant was incarcerated within the Michigan Department of Corrections for 20 years from 1995 to 2015.  Mr. Gant has organized successful campaigns around housing and employment for directly impacted people, along with working with currently incarcerated people around their experiences of COVID-19 in prison, with a focus on people serving long sentences and life. He is also currently working to improve jail voting policies in the state of Michigan. He is a 2021 Leading with Conviction Fellow with JustLeadership USA, & is also a father, author (Midnight Whispers), and business owner (T&T Lawn Care, @Gantlawncare).