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The Ballot LIVE: Ja’Mal Green Discusses Mayoral Candidacy With Laura Washington

Tune in 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30, for a one-hour conversation with Ja'Mal Green and journalist Laura Washington.

Activist Ja'mal Green speaks to the press as outside Saint Sabina Church in Chicago's Auburn Gresham neighborhood on January 6, 2021.
Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago

CHICAGO — Ja’Mal Green, a community activist on the South Side, is one of two candidates in the mayoral race to have never held political office.

Tune in 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 30, to watch Green’s one-hour conversation with Laura Washington live, or catch the recording here after streaming ends at 6 p.m.

Green has been part of high-profile protests, including against Chase Bank’s lending practices, which prompted the bank to announce it would increase lending to Black and Latino Chicagoans by $600 million. Green was arrested in 2016 protesting after police shot and killed Laquan McDonald.

At 27, Green is the youngest candidate in the field. He ran for mayor in 2015 but dropped out after not gaining enough ballot petition signatures. 

Green’s candidate website identifies him as a real-estate broker and social entrepreneur, and he said he has started a nonprofit that plans to build a youth center in Auburn Gresham. 

Green has focused his candidacy around crime prevention, banning the boot and “universal 3K.” He is a self-identified progressive and said he supported Bernie Sanders for president. 

Read more about his mayoral platform in our candidate guide here, part of The Ballot, our one-stop shop for election resources and coverage.