Chicago activist Ja’Mal Green to run for mayor

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CHICAGO — Community activist Ja’Mal Green has announced plans to run for mayor of Chicago in 2019.

The South Side native regularly speaks out against police shootings and is currently raising money to build a new youth center in Auburn Gresham.

He paid tribute to late mayor Harold Washington when announcing the candidacy this week — noting that Washington was ahead of his time in representing people of all backgrounds in Chicago. Green said he hopes to carry on that legacy.

Green made headlines in 2016 when he was indicted on allegations he hit one Chicago police officer and tried to disarm another during a protest. Green maintained his innocence and later pleaded down to a misdemeanor in the case.

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