Ja'Mal Green

grew up on the Southside of Chicago and has experienced the effects of poverty and gun violence firsthand. Green is an activist and entrepreneur whose activism and efforts have reached national and international audiences. Ja'Mal brings a marginalized perspective to issues such as race relations, economics and the current state of political justice in America. Since starting his first youth organization at age 15, Ja'Mal has worked tirelessly as a community organizer and motivational speaker, mentoring youth and implementing programs and policies to help reduce gun violence, while also serving as a conduit between law enforcement, politicians and the community at large.

A leading voice at the forefront of the pursuit of justice, Ja’Mal was handpicked by Bernie Sanders to serve as his official surrogate during the senator’s groundbreaking 2016 campaign, where the young activist electrified crowds of thousands with his rousing introductions. A popular media figure, Green is a frequent panelist on ABC, BBC, CBS, CNN, FOX News, MSNBC and has amassed thousands of followers through his growing social network. Green is also the founder of Majostee Allstars, a non-profit with the mission of empowering underprivileged youth and encouraging self-improvement through training, mentoring, and guidance.

Working Toward A Safer Chicago

Making Chicago safe is a task that requires us to focus on several issues plaguing blighted communities. Here is our platform that brings new solutions and ideas that will help our city give the assistance that it should to residents in all communities.

Education:

Designed For Destiny – The triangle program initiative will allow CPS graduates to choose college, trade school, or entrepreneurial boot camp and their payment is made through community service and civic engagement hours. Currently there is a program to fund students who graduate with a ‘B’ average throughout all four years of high school. Our program will cover all graduates regardless of GPA. We must promote the creation of tomorrow’s leadership through not only college but trade and business, and this will allow our non-profit sector to have students available to contribute time to communities. We will have less high school graduates taking a lot of time to figure out their path in life working jobs that won’t allow them to live their dreams. This program will also be offered to DACA recipients.

Elected school Board – In Chicago’s last municipal election, the referendum that asked “Should residents of the city of Chicago have an elected school board?” garnered approval from 89% of voters on average in the 37 wards that voted. We believe that democracy should come to education by implementing 14 districts that will allow residents to vote in a representative. The appointed school board has failed taxpayers. They have shut down 54 schools and counting, silenced our parents, mismanaged the public school’s budget, weakened neighborhood schools, and they are beholden to the current administration. Chicago neighborhoods need representation and that will begin with a Green administration.

Rebuild neighborhood schools – Our neighborhood schools have been failing students way too long. They have been suffering from a lack of investment. We need to properly fund our schools with progressive sources of revenue, and hold the state accountable to pay their share. The investment into neighborhood schools will come in the form of infrastructure, curriculum, clinical staff, and after school programs. It takes a village to maintain the neighborhood schools. These schools are not tools to be used by politicians. The schools are vital resources in the communities that help foster comradery and self-reliance. Preserving these schools will help residents gain more of a sense of ownership. The stakeholders in the community can help make the difference between a struggling school and a thriving school. Gaining the support of all the stakeholders helps to keep the authentic synergy that only a community who knows the residents can procure.

Economic Development / Cryptocurrency / Small Business:

Old school buildings – Mayor Emanuel has shut down over 50 schools primarily in urban communities throughout Chicago. We have a plan to introduce a matching program. Banks have history of “redlining” loans in urban communities. The city will partner with banks to match any amount given to an investment group looking to renovate the properties. The plans for the building have to benefit the community, and create jobs. The buildings could be turned into homeless shelters, used for manufacturing, vertical farms / greenhouses, community centers, day care facilities, and more.

Blockchain – Chicago will explore innovative technology and launch a city–wide pilot program to implement blockchain technology and cryptocurrency into city services. The goal is to offer government services on the block chain and create a cohesive ecosystem that can dramatically reduce wasted time, effort and resources, at the same time saving the city of Chicago money. This pilot program will also welcome blockchain companies to the city of Chicago and we will offer these companies business tax credits. This will boost the cities economy by bringing more jobs to the city of Chicago.

Small Business Department – The city of Chicago will implement a small business department in city hall where new businesses can come for guidance. The city of Chicago has a lot of permits, licenses, fees etc which causes business owners to have a hard time getting up and running. The small business department will guide businesses through licensing, permits, offer accountants, and help with business plans.

Police Reform

Community Policing

Police Recruit Hours – Those recruited by the Chicago Police Department will have to do 50 community service hours in the district they are assigned to before they can start patrol. This will provide the opportunity for officers to build relationships with residents, businesses, and nonprofits where they will be soon patrolling. Doing community service will also allow the officers to understand the culture and neighborhood they will be working in.

Excuse Me Officer (XMO) – the newest technology based community resource for monitoring and analyzing police behavioral trends. In the form of a powerful new free mobile application, the public may now leave reviews and ratings on any police interactions. Increasing transparency and accountability of data between local police departments and the communities they serve. Filters ranging from heroic deeds to sexual misconduct can now be applied after any interactions to display police effectiveness within any given community. Through a patented algorithm that reviews, processes, and aggregates archived/real-time events and user-submitted reviews, XMO offers a transparent and comprehensive platform on police engagement details.

Accountability

Bonding, licensing, and insuring officers – Chicago Police Officers would be bonded, licensed and insured to add a level of accountability. A licensing committee would be able to suspend or revoke an officers license with the license being attached to their pay. Lawyers, doctors, even nail technicians are licensed and police officers should be as well. Bonding and insuring police officers adds another level of accountability. Insurance companies will have the power to access the liability of an officer deciding if they are too risky to insure. Officers who are deemed “too risky” will be reassigned to office duties. This measure would save taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars for years to come.

People Policing Police – Residents of Chicago will serve on a police oversight committee. These residents will be from different backgrounds and careers. Regular civilians, doctors, lawyers, retired judges, and retired police officers will decide the fate in misconduct cases. Seven residents will analyze every case and make the decision on firing officers.

Full platform will be released at a later date