Jasmyne Cannick

If they don't give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.

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Meet Jasmyne

Jasmyne Cannick lives in the Adams-Normandie area of Los Angeles is a candidate for County Central Committee in the 53rd Assembly District.

For nearly 15 years Jasmyne has worked at all levels of government including in the California State Assembly as a press secretary before reprising that role in the House of Representatives for a member of Congress. Locally, she’s worked for several city and county governments including five mayors.

Jasmyne continues to work on numerous local, state and federal candidate and ballot measure campaigns in California providing strategic communications including medial relations, public affairs and crisis communications. In 2018, Jasmyne led the effort as campaign director for Reform L.A. Jails (now known as Measure R), a criminal justice reform ballot measure that will appear on the 2020 ballot in Los Angeles County.

A Southern California native, Jasmyne spent her childhood growing up in Hermosa Beach and Compton before she was placed in foster care in South Los Angeles.  Jasmyne emancipated from the foster care system at the age of 17.

She currently works part-time as a Special Assistant to the President of the Los Angeles City Council and spends the rest of her time honing her passion of working with some of California’s top civil rights attorneys, criminal justice reform and social justice organizations providing communications counsel.

Jasmyne is honored to be one of the instructors for the prestigious Los Angeles African American Women’s Political Institute (LAAAWPI) and was recently awarded the prestigious John Anson Ford Human Relations Award from the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission.


ADVOCATECommitted to Bettering The Community

She proudly credits Democratic major donor Ed Buck with giving her the push she needed to get more engaged in the Democratic Party locally and on a statewide level.  This came after Buck was not immediately prosecuted in the 2017 crystal meth overdose deaths of 26-year-old- Gemmel Moore and 2019 death of 55-year-old Timithy Dean at Buck’s West Hollywood apartment.  Buck, at the time was close friends with the chair of the California Democratic Party who remained silent on the issue.

Jasmyne decided she didn’t want to belong to a Party that was unwilling to speak up for and about the lives of Black gay men when a major donor was involved.

John and Ken
Jasmyne meets with KFI radio hosts John and Ken after they called Whitney Houston a “crack ho” on live air.

Jasmyne has been a voice and an advocate for causes near and dear to her heart. She led a national campaign to retire white gay comedian Charles Knipp’s character Shirley Q. Liquor, a self-described inarticulate Black woman on welfare with 19 kids. In 2005, she used her to voice to help make sure that the Los Angeles City taxpayers did not foot the bill to honor a homophobic Black pastor. That same year, she helped lead a protest against the”Tookie Must Die Hour”  on KFI AM with talk-show hosts John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou.  Stanley “Tookie” Williams was the founder of the Crips gang and scheduled to be executed after being convicted in the 1979 killings of four people. Cannick also was the last person to interview Williams before his execution. She would go on to face off against KFI AM again after talk-show hosts John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou  made fun of Whitney Houston after she was found dead in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton calling her a “crack ho.” A comment that resulted in their suspension from the station–a first in the duo’s 20 plus year career.  Several years later Jasmyne took KFI AM morning show host Bill Handel to task for calling Florida Congresswoman Frederica Wilson a “cheap sleazy Democrat whore” on air that resulted in him having to make a public apology.

Jasmyne stands with Mitrice’s father Michael Richardson at the sheriff’s department in 2007 when it’s confirmed that Mitrice’s body was found.

When Mitrice Richardson went missing after being released from a Los Angeles County jail in Malibu in 2006, through her journalism and activism, Jasmyne worked with Mitrice’s family to call attention to the case and to challenge the Sheriff’s Department on the narrative they were spinning in the media.

South L.A. Tenants
Jasmyne with some of the tenants she advocated for her were victims of a rental scam in South L.A.

In 2018, she won a major victory on behalf of a dozen tenants in South Los Angeles facing homelessness after a transitional housing manager took their money, failed to pay rent and abandoned the property. Through her advocacy for the victims, she was able to get them relocation assistance as well as call attention to a new practice taking place in Los Angeles where low-income renters are being taken advantage of with rent-a-room scams


Most recently Jasmyne spent two years going after Democratic major donor Ed Buck after two men died in his apartment of meth overdoses and countless other Black gay men came forward about the white man in West Hollywood who had a Tuskegee Experiment like fetish that included injecting young Black men with meth. Ed Buck was finally arrested in September 2019 and charged in the deaths of Gemmel Moore and Timothy Dean.

She is the founder of Justice For Gemmel and All of Ed Buck’s Victims, the co-founder of My Hood Votes along with Compton rapper Eric “Eazy-E” Wright’s son Lil E, a voter registration initiative focused on Los Angeles County’s roughest neighborhoods.  Jasmyne is a proud co-founder of the National Black Justice Coalition, the nation’s largest and oldest Black lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization.  She is a former co-chair of the National Stonewall Democrats Black Caucus.

MEDIAJournalist & Political Commentator

Jasmyne Cannick has developed a strong national following for her willingness to take on uncomfortable and hard to discuss issues around race, politics and society and tell it like it is.  She is known for bringing attention to stories that would have gone under-reported,  overlooked, or just ignored.

She has won numerous awards for her op-eds and reporting and is a frequent on-air contributor. Her writings and commentary have been featured in newspapers from coast to coast and on websites including the award-winning Huff Post, L.A. Weekly, Advocate, Los Angeles Sentinel, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Daily News, and Ebony Magazine to name a few. Her television credits include CNN, Fox News, Dateline, Good Morning America, The Young Turks and more.

Among her many accolades, Jasmyne was named one of ESSENCE Magazine’s 25 Women Shaping the World, one of the Most Influential African-Americans in Los Angeles Under 40 and one of Los Angeles’ Most Fascinating Angelenos by the L.A. Weekly. In 2019, she was one of the Out100 as Journalist of the Year award from Out Magazine

A forward thinker with the ability to tackle hard to address issues from an unapologetically Black point of view, Jasmyne continues to challenge and shape public opinion while encouraging civic engagement for positive social change and advocating for underrepresented and marginalized communities.

No stranger to radio, she is a former co-anchor and reporter for the “Evening News” on Los Angeles Pacifica radio station 90.7FM KPFK. Prior to its recent cancellation, Ms. Cannick was a regular on TVOne’s NewsOne Now with Roland Martin and continues to appear on Martin’s new show “Roland Martin: Unfiltered.”

Jasmyne has been a regular commentator on NPR including the now-defunct “News and Notes” shows.  She’s worked as a segment producer on KJLH-FM’s “Front Page” show and continues to be a regular contributor to Southern California’s premier news and current affairs show focused on the African-American community. She is also a regular contributor to KABC 790 AM’s “Midday Live with Dr. Drew.”


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