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jewel marie bush

National Director of Communications
New Orleans, Louisiana
jewel bush is an award-winning journalist and communications strategist with more than 18 years of experience. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Times-Picayune, The (Houma) Courier, Uptown Messenger and Next City. She has won numerous awards including distinctions from the Louisiana Press Association, The New York Times Regional Media Group and American Association of Sunday and Features Editors. The New Orleans native has covered international stories in places like Haiti and Palestine. Her fiction and creative nonfiction has appeared in "Dismantle: An Anthology of Writing from the VONA/Voices Writing Workshop," The New Laurel Review XXVI and Transition Magazine, a Harvard Journal on the African Diaspora. Bush is an alumna of VONA/Voices, the only multi-genre workshop for writers of color in the country and the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop. As a communications strategist, bush has a diverse background in advocacy and organizing (grassroots, labor, political, cultural). She has worked with some of the largest public health organizations such as the American Cancer Society and Planned Parenthood as well as SEIU, Service Employees International Union. As the mother of a teen son, black motherhood and reproductive justice are recurring themes of her work. Bush has served on the board of directors for the following organizations: Patois: New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival, Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools, Konbit Pou Edikasyon and Justice and Accountability Center of Louisiana.

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