…we can all flourish.

Jasmine Leeward is a Communications Specialist for New Virginia Majority, a group organizing for racial, environmental, and economic justice through strategic electoral work and grassroots campaigns. Jasmine sees her work as a manifestation of Audre Lorde’s definition of survival “learning how to stand alone, unpopular and sometimes reviled, and how to make common cause with those others identified as outside the structures in order to define and seek a world in which we can all flourish.”

March, 2018…

“Almost half of uninsured Virginians who would benefit from Medicaid expansion are people of color. In Richmond, one in four residents live below the poverty level and an estimated 15,000 Richmonders stand to gain health care if Medicaid is expanded. Black people are the majority in both of these statistics. It is not surprising that black and brown communities have the worst access to health care.

The devastating reality is our government has confirmed time and time again that black lives are disposable. It shows in the pervasive disparities in access to health care that have begun to narrow only since the start of the Affordable Care Act during former President Obama’s tenure.”

— Jasmine Leeward, “Vote on Medicaid expansion will tell if black lives matter.”

Meet Jasmine

Jasmine Leeward earned her Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology and Africana Studies from the College of William and Mary. She is currently the Communications Specialist for New Virginia Majority, a group organizing for racial, environmental, and economic justice through strategic electoral work and grassroots campaigns.

In her capacity as Communications Specialist, Jasmine uses strategic communications to cultivate campaign-specific earned media and narrative frameworks that empower communities to tell the stories that win. One of her primary goals as a communicator is to translate complex policy into the stories people can relate to. She identifies community leaders and grooms them to use their experiences to move the hearts and minds of key decision makers.

Jasmine has facilitated canvasser trainings and storytelling workshops across Virginia. She has worked on campaigns to expand access to affordable healthcare, diverting youth from incarceration, and increasing state-funding for public education.  

Jasmine sees her work as a manifestation of Audre Lorde’s definition of survival “learning how to stand alone, unpopular and sometimes reviled, and how to make common cause with those others identified as outside the structures in order to define and seek a world in which we can all flourish.”

Shine a light

“The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.”

– Ida B. Wells