Dr. V. Drew Jemison received a Bachelor of Science in legal studies and Master of Science in Legal Studies from Kaplan University in 2012 and a doctor-of-management in organizational leadership degree from the University of Phoenix in Tempe, AZ, in 2018. Jemison’s professional career is enhanced by extensive involvement in the communities where he has lived and worked, including volunteerism, community activism, with 20+ years of honorable Army military service, retiring on June 23, 2019.
Aside from his in-depth knowledge of the complex applied theories that define structured leadership management, development and training his focus is on enhancing operational leadership performance of military personnel. Dr. Jemison is an innovative deep thinker, and has led research teams that focused on fundraising, logistics, budgets, and development. He is always looking for original solutions to address problems in the field of applied physics in organizational leadership. He is the author of a recently published book entitled The Power of Structured Leadership: Optimizing, Leadership, Performance.
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What is your response to the Black Lives Matter movement?
The momentum of the Black Lives Matter movement after Floyd’s death has motivated lawmakers, to inspire them to demand that they and the African American community want accountability, and transparency. I believe that the Black Lives Matter movement has undoubtedly shaped the way Americans view racial inequality in the last three years. The movement’s approach to organization, and its roots in social media, mark Black Lives Matter as a novel chapter in the centuries-long struggle for Black freedom.
However, this approach may create, and in some cases already has created, issues for the direction that the movement takes. Misappropriation, severing of ideals, and other issues may interfere with the movement’s effectiveness in the future. As a matter of clarification, and with all due respect to those who were responsible for the inception of the Black Lives Matter (“BLM”) movement my humble opinion only addresses the Black Lives Matter movement in the context of America’s history of civil rights movements.
What do you think needs to be done to promote social and racial justice?
I believe that racial justice is the systematic fair treatment of people of all races, resulting in equitable opportunities and outcomes for all. However, racial justice or racial equity goes beyond “anti-racism.” It is not just the absence of discrimination and inequities, but also the presence of deliberate systems and supports to achieve and sustain racial equity through proactive and preventative measures.
- My plan is to expand our definition of racism beyond personal prejudice and hate to systemic racism.
- Focus on actions and impacts rather than attitudes and intentions.
Are you in favor of police reform? If so, what should it look like?
Yes, I am. My plan and focus for police reform is on repairing the damage done by centuries of abusive policing practices in minority communities, from addressing racial biases to limiting use of force to holding police accountable. And in working to rebuild trust in police, the ideas could actually help cops do their jobs — enabling them to help keep minority communities safe, instead of terrorizing these communities.
What should it look like?
- Police should be trained to address their racial biases
- Police should avoid situations that lead them to use force: this can happen when an officer decides to approach a scene in a certain way, and
- Officers must be held accountable in a very transparent way
- Police reform should include bans the use of chokeholds and carotid control holds
- Limits when police are allowed to shoot at a fleeing person and requires officers to intervene in cases of excessive force or face criminal charges.
- I would introduce law that all officers to use body-worn cameras and departments to release the footage within 45 days
- It would allow for officers to be held personally liable for civil rights violations.
What are your thoughts on how the U.S. has responded to the coronavirus pandemic? What would you want to be done differently?
Establish policies and practices for social distancing. Alter the workspace to help workers and customers maintain social distancing and physically separate employees from each other and from customers, when possible. Here are some of my plans and strategies that businesses can use:
- Implement flexible worksites (e.g., telework).
- Implement flexible work hours (e.g., rotate or stagger shifts to limit the number of employees in the workplace at the same time).
- Increase physical space between employees at the worksite by modifying the workspace.
- Increase physical space between employees and customers (e.g., drive-through service, physical barriers such as partitions).
- Use signs, tape marks, or other visual cues such as decals or colored tape on the floor, placed 6 feet apart, to indicate where to stand when physical barriers are not possible.
- Implement flexible meeting and travel options (e.g., postpone non-essential meetings or events in accordance with state and local regulations and guidance).
- Close or limit access to common areas where employees are likely to congregate and interact.
- Prohibit handshaking
Do you support more stimulus money? If so, how should Congress pay for the stimulus?
Yes. However, I would rely on experts in this field to focus on and create policy that targets consumption taxes such as value-added taxes or carbon taxes that is loved by many economists but not by the public or most politicians to me the focus of how the stimulus is paid for.
What do you believe is the biggest issue constituents in the district you are running for are facing?
- The need for a Full-Fledged Grocery Store: For too long, citizens residing in the Scotlandville area have been without access to fresh food and have resorted to eating unhealthy food that was available and within reason to obtain.
- Blighted Property: This has been an eye sore in Scotlandville for too long. Pictures are being provided so we can see just how neglected some areas are in the community.
- The need to reduce or eliminate Crime: Crime is rampant in the Scotlandville area as well as other areas across the parish. However, we want to see a reduction/elimination of crime in our area.
- Criminal Justice Reform
- Health Equity District
- Local Control over ITEP
Why do you feel that you are the perfect candidate for metro council?
I am running for office because I now have the education, passion, and professional experience to make a difference and bring the change that is so much needed in District 2. I am a fast-track, highly motivated, team and results oriented executive with a successful background in turnaround situations in the consulting and emergency management industry.
I feel that I am the perfect candidate for metro council because I have been recognized for my exceptional ability in delivering business results and effectively motivating others at all levels in the achievement. I sincerely believe that am spiritually, and mentally disciplined to serve once again to make peoples lives safer and better.