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 Progressive Chicago
Create Inclusive Communities:
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.
Spur economic development in urban communities – Updated plans coming soon.
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 a 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.
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.
Ending Government Corruption:
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.
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.
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 for police engagement details.
Fairness In City Contracts – Updated Plans Coming Soon!
Take Down Red Light Cameras
Re-Imagining Chicago’s Future:
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.
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 blockchain 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.