VoyageMIA: Meet Jasmen Rogers-Shaw of Folding Chair Consulting in South Florida

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jasmen Rogers-Shaw.

Jasmen, before we jump into specific questions about your work, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I am the oldest child of Caribbean immigrants that were taught to assimilate into an America that would show them little love. Both are very religious, which shaped my childhood innocence and adult rebellion. I was sheltered from many oppressions throughout my life, simply because my parents thought that if we behaved, got an education, and minded our business, we could build better opportunities for ourselves – the quintessential immigrant narrative.

My parents forced me to overachieve in everything. I competed in spelling bees, not sports. Skipped first grade. Graduated high school with my Associate’s degree. And then graduated from The Florida State University at 19 years old with my Bachelor’s Degree. My mother was determined that I would be a doctor or an engineer, but I had other plans.

While I was in college, I became quickly aware of how skewed the world is after the murder of 17-year-old Martin Lee Anderson at a Panama City bootcamp. His murder at the hands of the bootcamp guards and a nurse was filmed by security cameras, and yet… all of the staff were acquitted.

This led into a future full of advocacy, resistance, and power building. Martin Lee Anderson opened my eyes and lit my fire to fight against state-sanctioned violence in Florida and anti-Blackness across the globe.

My vision then focused on highlighting disparities facing Black women and working to building our political power towards more equity for more people. We mobilized thousands of Black women over the past two years, built a political platform that represents our interests, and continue to build sites of education and action.

Now, I work primarily in policy, amplifying issues that disproportionately impact Black women, specifically reproductive health, rights, and justice. And I recently founded a consulting firm dedicated to building political power for Black women and allies through culturally competent training, uncompromising political campaign strategy, coaching, and support, and strategic partnerships.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Trusting Black Women is not the norm… even though it should be. We know our pain. We know our discomfort. We know our neighborhoods and our schools. We have predicted political outcomes far before anyone else. We’re consistent and reliable, and yet, we’re never seen as the experts. We’re very rarely tapped for leadership unless people are in crisis and our stories are not heard with the same appetite as others.

I have found myself constantly fighting to uplift our narratives and to prove our power while being discounted and left out of conversations.

This become even more interesting in Miami where, power has been extended beyond just white people, and now includes white Latinx folks that bring a particularly sinister level of anti-Blackness into government, community, and our non-profits.

Black women are tired. And yet, we persist for the salvation of folks who don’t care about our humanity.

Tell us more about your work.
Folding Chair Consulting is building political power for Black women and allies through culturally competent training, uncompromising political campaign strategy, coaching and support, and strategic partnerships. We aim to be an intergenerational political hub for progressive Black women throughout the state of Florida, pushing the political needle to do more good for more people, with the most marginalized at the center of power. Simply put, we equip Black women to people to run for office… and win.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I got lucky with the parents I was given. They laid a firm foundation for me to achieve levels of success in this lifetime that they never imagined for themselves. But luck is not a luxury regularly afforded to Black women.

We work twice as hard to make it just as far (or still further behind) and hope to leave a path that’s a little easier for the next Black girl. Every achievement I have and every goal that I’ve reached has been through hard work in steps that have built on each other. Through relationships built, through doors knocked down, through study and unpaid labor, we’re doing our best to thrive.

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VoyageMIA: Meet Jasmen Rogers-Shaw of Folding Chair Consulting in South Florida

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jasmen Rogers-Shaw.

Jasmen, before we jump into specific questions about your work, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I am the oldest child of Caribbean immigrants that were taught to assimilate into an America that would show them little love. Both are very religious, which shaped my childhood innocence and adult rebellion. I was sheltered from many oppressions throughout my life, simply because my parents thought that if we behaved, got an education, and minded our business, we could build better opportunities for ourselves – the quintessential immigrant narrative.

My parents forced me to overachieve in everything. I competed in spelling bees, not sports. Skipped first grade. Graduated high school with my Associate’s degree. And then graduated from The Florida State University at 19 years old with my Bachelor’s Degree. My mother was determined that I would be a doctor or an engineer, but I had other plans.

While I was in college, I became quickly aware of how skewed the world is after the murder of 17-year-old Martin Lee Anderson at a Panama City bootcamp. His murder at the hands of the bootcamp guards and a nurse was filmed by security cameras, and yet… all of the staff were acquitted.

This led into a future full of advocacy, resistance, and power building. Martin Lee Anderson opened my eyes and lit my fire to fight against state-sanctioned violence in Florida and anti-Blackness across the globe.

My vision then focused on highlighting disparities facing Black women and working to building our political power towards more equity for more people. We mobilized thousands of Black women over the past two years, built a political platform that represents our interests, and continue to build sites of education and action.

Now, I work primarily in policy, amplifying issues that disproportionately impact Black women, specifically reproductive health, rights, and justice. And I recently founded a consulting firm dedicated to building political power for Black women and allies through culturally competent training, uncompromising political campaign strategy, coaching, and support, and strategic partnerships.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Trusting Black Women is not the norm… even though it should be. We know our pain. We know our discomfort. We know our neighborhoods and our schools. We have predicted political outcomes far before anyone else. We’re consistent and reliable, and yet, we’re never seen as the experts. We’re very rarely tapped for leadership unless people are in crisis and our stories are not heard with the same appetite as others.

I have found myself constantly fighting to uplift our narratives and to prove our power while being discounted and left out of conversations.

This become even more interesting in Miami where, power has been extended beyond just white people, and now includes white Latinx folks that bring a particularly sinister level of anti-Blackness into government, community, and our non-profits.

Black women are tired. And yet, we persist for the salvation of folks who don’t care about our humanity.

Tell us more about your work.
Folding Chair Consulting is building political power for Black women and allies through culturally competent training, uncompromising political campaign strategy, coaching and support, and strategic partnerships. We aim to be an intergenerational political hub for progressive Black women throughout the state of Florida, pushing the political needle to do more good for more people, with the most marginalized at the center of power. Simply put, we equip Black women to people to run for office… and win.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I got lucky with the parents I was given. They laid a firm foundation for me to achieve levels of success in this lifetime that they never imagined for themselves. But luck is not a luxury regularly afforded to Black women.

We work twice as hard to make it just as far (or still further behind) and hope to leave a path that’s a little easier for the next Black girl. Every achievement I have and every goal that I’ve reached has been through hard work in steps that have built on each other. Through relationships built, through doors knocked down, through study and unpaid labor, we’re doing our best to thrive.

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Read the original article here.

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TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR JASMEN.

Help Jasmen win this race and continue the fight for justice and equity in the Florida House. Make a donation today to support bold, inclusive leadership for the people of House District 95.

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TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR JASMEN.

Help Jasmen win this race and continue the fight for justice and equity in the Florida House. Make a donation today to support bold, inclusive leadership for the people of House District 95.

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