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5 Mayoral Candidates Will Debate Progressive Policy Proposals Thursday

Brandon Johnson, Ja’Mal Green, Kam Buckner, Paul Vallas and Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6th) are expected to attend to discuss issues on housing, education, air, environmental quality, community safety and worker's rights.

Mayoral candidates at the Northwest Side Chicago Mayoral Candidates Forum at the Copernicus Center in Jefferson Park on Dec. 14, 2022.
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WEST GARFIELD PARK — Some mayoral challengers are expected to attend a forum this week centered around issues top of mind for progressive voters.

The People’s Unity Coalition’s mayoral forum is 6:30 p.m. Thursday at New Mount Pilgrim MB Church, 4301 W. Washington Blvd. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Brandon Johnson, Ja’Mal Green, Kam Buckner, Paul Vallas and Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6th) are scheduled to appear.

The free event is in collaboration with dozens of local nonprofits, trade unions and activist groups pushing a “progressive platform developed in partnership with neighborhood residents across the city,” according to a news release.

“People’s Unity Platform” is a set of policy proposals on issues like housing, education, air, environmental quality, community safety and worker’s rights.

Those include raising and standardizing wages for ride-share drivers, ending the police department’s use of ShotSpotter technology and the gang database, and supporting the Bring Chicago Home ordinance, which would raise taxes on sales of luxury properties to build affordable housing.

Partnering organizations include BLM Chicago, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, Chicago Teachers Union, Defund CPD, Good Kids Mad City and the Sunrise Movement, according to the news release.

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