Former Candidate for State House, District 117
Mokah Jasmine-Johnson, activist and founder of the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement (AADM) and the Athens Hip-Hop Awards, ran for State House 117 in 2020
2020 General Election
Houston Gaines (R) – 56.6%
Mokah Jasmine Johnson (D) – 43.4%
Fighting Discrimination and Hate Crimes — Mokah began her activism in 2016 to end discrimination, downtown and throughout Athens. Her focus at that time was the creation of an Athens Civil Rights Committee and comprehensive civil rights legislation.
At her campaign kickoff event, Mokah voiced her strong support for anti-hate crimes legislation. She criticized her opponent, Houston Gaines, for voting against a hate crimes bill (HB 426) in 2019. Mokah elaborated on this in an article she released to coincide with her kickoff.
Criminal Justice Reform — As part of AADM, Mokah was very active in the fight to end cash bail in Athens, Georgia. Under her leadership, AADM has regularly held forums and workshops on ending the school-to-prison pipeline and other criminal justice reform topics.
Mokah held her campaign kickoff event on January 18, 2020 in downtown Athens.
In addition to her work in the music industry and as an activist in AADM, Mokah Jasmine-Johnson has served on the mayor’s Task Force for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and on the ACC Board of Elections.