I’m really honored to be among KCET’s Seven Women of Vision this week.
In response to the folly of the not guilty verdict of George Zimmerman by a jury of six Florida women, this week L.A. Letters presents Southern California women with vision that have spent their lifetimes working for true social justice and the betterment of their community. As always there is an endless list of women to cite, but due to space and time limits, here are seven influential women making a big difference and working towards social justice in Los Angeles and beyond.
Jasmyne Cannick is one of the most ubiquitous and visible LGBT activists, journalists, and civil rights advocates in not only Los Angeles but across the country. A frequent speaker on National Public Radio, she was named by Essence magazine as one of 25 women shaping the world in 2005. She also co-founded the National Black Justice Coalition, the largest and oldest black LGBT civil rights organization in the nation. Most recently she has been an important part of the peaceful protests to the Zimmerman verdict. Cannick is also a performer and filmmaker with a long history in theatrical productions and documentary film. Following in the footsteps of giants like bell hooks and Susan Sontag, Cannick is a powerful voice exerting her reach as a national opinion columnist and political commentator for print, television, and radio.
Read Mike Sonksen’s full article here and congrats to my fellow honorees all who are doing great work towards social justice. Thanks Mike!