There is no acceptable level of racism, sexism, classism, or ablism in economic and community development.


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Elected leaders are now being called to confront systemically bias policies and enact new public policies to change the experience and life trajectories of communities of color, disable, LGBTQIA+ and historically marginalized groups. We need to be willing to hold our legacy of being both ground zero for racism in America and a center for connecting the world to creativity and innovation. 

As a councilmember, Jackie will:

Ensure that Norfolk is a culturally equitable tourism and entertainment investment are equitable and inclusive.


Adopt a modified version of the SANCTUARY city model for local governance:


Support and actively recognize that ethnic minorities and people of color are not one homogenous group. We will continue to develop meaningful relationships that cut through the barriers from within communities preventing people from being seen and heard and engaging in a two-way dialogue to understand and address the issues that impact disproportionately on minoritize people

Actively promote and celebrate the history and achievements of ethnic minorities and people of color in communities, schools, colleges, universities, workplaces, and through arts and cultural events to realize our shared history as core to Norfolk’s history

Nurture, showcase and award the talent in our diverse communities, so that people of color, ethnic minorities, disable and LGBTQIA+ are recognized and celebrated as role models too, not just by ethnic minorities and the minoritized, but also the wider community

Community spaces used by the public are accessible, affordable, and inclusive for everyone’s use, reflecting the diverse needs of the people in the city. Work together to ensure the governance structures of organizations in this city are diverse and representative of the people they serve 


Tackle institutional and structural racism. People in positions of power and leadership exhibit the moral leadership and conscience to raise their voices against racial injustice and empower people to speak truth to power in a fear-free, supportive environment

Understand fully the damaging impact of the “Hostile Environment” (all ‘policies which make life difficult for immigrants living in the United States) on ethnic minoritized and people of color in our City including the legacy of the gentrification and redlining that impacts on the Black community to the present day

Acknowledge that people of color, ethnic minorities, disable and LGBTQ+ people will have a ‘lived experience’ of the -isms that all communities and generations need to learn from, to prevent future generations from experiencing the same systemic discrimination and outcomes

Represent and equitably resource initiatives that advance equality for ethnic minoritized and people of color, as a key feature of local democracy and future equality, diversity, and inclusion initiatives

Young people from working-class communities and minoritized backgrounds are provided with equitable access to places, facilities, and opportunities that may be perceived by them to be reserved for people with privilege. Young people are recognized as enablers, educators, and agents for change

Jackie's record:

  • Worked with Senator Spruill to bring the Crown Act to Virginia making it illegal to discriminate against hair. 

  • Serves as a commissioner on the Mayor's Commission for Social Equity and Economic Opportunity

  • Lead the effort to diversity boards commissions and authorities which influenced ten minoritized and/or women residents to apply  

  • Partnered with the Virginia Museum Of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and The Chrysler Museum to being programming, community events and conversation that unpacked bias and -isms.

  • Host and developed a nationally recognized podcast for uncomfortable culture conversations specifically about race born out of her experience on the campaign trail in Norfolk in 2018

  • Created a race conversation card used by local businesses to support patrons in talking about race

  • Moderated several WHRO community conversations on race and race relations

  • Worked with civic, profit, and nonprofit businesses/organizations upending racism, sexism, and classism in their culture, policy, and practices

  • Developed youth community conversation on politics, bias, and the way forward