DC Statehood Advocate Running for Green Party Presidential Nomination

According to this press release, Jared Ball will be seeking the Green Party nomination to run for President. The first few paragraphs of the release provide a fair amount about the candidate’s background and motivation:

Prior to becoming the second African American male to graduate with a PhD in journalism from the University of Maryland at College Park, Jared Ball determined that his thesis would focus on what he coined “the emancipatory mixtape.”

Ball, saw how the popularity of hiphop mixtapes distributed through an underground economy could be utilized to mobilize African American youth towards activism. Today, in running for the Green Party nomination, he sees his campaign to expand their reach of the Greens, relative to the major political parties functioning similar to the mixtape relative to products from the major music labels.

“Our campaign, just like the mixtape, is designed to reach the grassroots without corporate backing,” said Dr. Ball, professor of communications at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. “We hope to prove that a message that addresses the issues of the poor, disenfranchised without comprising to corporate interests still resonates with people. It’s not just about ending the war in Iraq, it’s about a political will to apply the same type of energy and resources to the problems of violence, incarceration, unemployment and despair faced by young people in America and around the world,” added Ball.

The current host of the Jazz & Justice show on Pacifica Radio’s Washington DC station WPFW 89.3 FM, he also serves as editor-at-large for the Words, Beats and life Global Journal of Hip-Hop Culture. Ball is joined in his revolutionary campaign by DC native and independent hiphop recording artist Head-Roc. According to Head-Roc, who recently released his new album “Negrophobia,” this campaign is the proper evolution of the hiphop community, particularly those who grew up nodding their heads to groups like Public Enemy, Tribe Called Quest, Gangstarr and other politically conscious hiphop artists.

Ball states that he is a member of the Green Party because he originally joined the DC Statehood Green Party. “It was the explicit call for statehood that attracted me,” he wrote on his website about DC statehood issues. “We’d like to see statehood for DC before gentrification wins outright and this city is no longer a majority Black one.”

25 Responses to “DC Statehood Advocate Running for Green Party Presidential Nomination”

  1. Preston Says:

    I’m undecided on Ball specifically, but I am sort of starting to worry that the Green party may becoming prejudiced against white folks…
    I am not sure how the Green principles are more applicable to Blacks than Whites—I understand why a lot of Blacks would be attracted to the Green party because we’re a left wing party, but still.
    All I see from the Greens these days is “End the war” and “Black power”, neither of which really appeals to me. But hey, I don’t know.

  2. Trent Hill Says:

    ““We’d like to see statehood for DC before gentrification wins outright and this city is no longer a majority Black one.””

    Where would you get THAT idea Preston?

    I hate racism. And I hate counter-racism.

  3. Rev. Pat Robertson Says:

    I think a Green Party that is pro-war and pro-white power would be a lot more interesting.

  4. Robert Milnes Says:

    Preston, pass the word to the greens that the progressive alliance calls for green endorsement of the LP ticket. & EITHER a green OR libertarian on EVERY ballot. First come first served.

  5. G.E. Says:

    This guy’s a racist, but hey, what do you expect from the Green Party?

    “Counter-racism” = anti-racism. What you’re referring to as “counter-racism” here, Trent, is simply racism. It’s racist to imply otherwise.

    The Greens are a racist, war-mongering platoon of greying communists. When they’re all dead, the world will be a better place.

  6. Trent Hill Says:


    I know. I equated them equally. Perhaps counter-racism was the wrong term though.

  7. Tom the Trotskyist Says:

    I agree with Robert Milnes about the progressive alliance. also include Ron Paul Republicans, Dennis Kucinich/Gravel Democrats, centrists and socialists. The nationalists and the globalists both do not have the solution to the world’s problems. What’s necessary is Constitutional World Socialism.

    Tom G,
    President, American World Constitutional Socialist Party, and Founder of Broad Front Coalition of Parties

  8. Rev. Pat Robertson Says:

    Tom T,

    Would you include the Libertarian National Socialist Green Party in your coalition?


  9. Mike Indiana Says:

    While Jared Ball’s comments are an example of revese racism, the issue of gentrification and lack of political rights in D.C. is very real (Ball has confused a socioeconomic problem for one of race). D.C. a city of 500,000 while having “shadow” representatives does not have a vote in congress. Furthermore congress has final authority over the cities budget and any member can propose to change it (former Indiana Congressmen john hostettler used to love to due this, removed city approved funding for condom distribution in the middle of a syphilis outbreak) taking away power of the purse (and for that matter the ability to do anything) away from the elected city government. The lack of voting rights is sometimes seen as being racist because a considerable percentage of the white population of the city is not registered to vote there but rather retains registrations in the states they lived in prior to moving to the district for work (examples congressional staffers, lobbyists, and federal appointees) this further alters the racial makeup of the cities electorate. So what you wind up with is a mostly poor African American population (electorate has larger % AA then census data) that works primarily in the service industry and as hourly govermental employees but lacks the same rights of federal representation as the rest of the country and who’s local elected officals routinely get overruled on local issues by federal officeholders.

  10. Trent Hill Says:

    Mike Indiana,

    DC is not a state. It is a Federal District,and thus does not GET representation in Congress. This is outlined in the Constitution.

  11. G.E. Says:

    I agree that the citizens of D.C. are subjects to taxation without representation and the seat of government described in the Constitution was never intended to consist of 500,000 people. I am largely supportive of D.C. statehood. I am not supportive of racial collectivism.

  12. Mike Indiana Says:

    D.C. does have Representation in Congress
    Eleanor Holmes Norton - non-voting delegate in the house

    D.C. also has “sort of” senate rep.
    Michael Brown/Paul Strauss Shadow Senators - recognized as equivalent to U.S. Senators by the District of Columbia, but who are not actually recognized by the U.S. government as senators

    I never argued that D.C. was a state and yes D.C. even though it is not a state has a federal representative in the house (they just don’t get to vote)

  13. Mike Indiana Says:

    Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico have representation in the form of (Delegates to Congress)

    From 1907 to 1945 The Philippines also sent a non-voting Resident Commissioner (Delegate) to the House

    Delegates are able to serve on and vote with committees, as well as speak from the House floor. However, they are not permitted to vote on final passage of legislation.

  14. Fred C. Says:

    While I respect that residents of DC are in a disadvantaged position compared to the rest of us, I cannot support giving them full statehood while there are 24 larger cities in this country that no one wants to give this status to. Give it to Maryland and let them get representation on the same terms as the rest of us, or else give LA, NYC, Chicago etc their own 2 senators and 3+ electoral votes as well.

  15. Rev. Pat Robertson Says:

    Maybe we could sell DC to a wealthy foreigner? There would be many advantages to having be outside the US, and it would help solve the debt problem.

  16. Stephen Gordon Says:

    For the record (as a two time District resident), I support DC statehood, but only through constitutional means.

  17. Tom the Trotskyist Says:

    Pat, I would not include that Nazi party in the coalition. Fascism and stalinism are bureaucratic collectivist deviations perpetuated by various nationalists and anarcho-capitalist globalist elements.

  18. Carl Says:

    DC, except perhaps the Mall area, could go back to Maryland. There is ample precedent. Arlington County VA used to be part of DC. This Virginia county is the home of the Pentagon. I have never heard a complaint that Virginia has power over the Pentagon because it is in Virginia.

  19. G.E. Says:

    Fred - If size is your argument, then Vermont and Wyoming should be stripped of their statehood.

  20. Paul Wayne Snyder, PhD Says:

    Size? Wyoming? Oh, population maybe?

  21. Fred C. Says:

    G.E. - I’m aware of the the low pops of those two, but that’s the way the pieces fell. I would never argue for diminishing the status of a state, and if DC did get its statehood I wouldn’t argue for it to revert. I just don’t think we should be creating more states of that size unless we’re willing to take it all the way and get a union of around 100 small states. If that’s a program we’re prepared to start up, I’ll be there on day one to help found the Los Angeles Statehood Party. If it isn’t going down that way, then I say give DC to Maryland and let the borders of our capitol city cover the actual seats of government and maybe a few of the monuments.

  22. Green in Brooklyn Says:

    Fred C.

    Statehood or not - DC has no voting representatives in the Senate or the House, and has their budget approved/mandated by congress. Taxation without representation was one of the battle cries of the Revolution 230 years ago, and yet in 2007 it still exists. We need a constitutional amendment to correct more than two centuries of injustice.

    To some of the other comments, I don’t believe Jared Ball is a racist, although his choice of words in desribing the situation in DC might have been poor. I have met the man, and he is incredibly intelligent, full of energy and ideas, and exactly the kind of politician we in the Green Party so desperately need more of. Whether I decide to back him over Cynthia McKinney is too soon to tell, but the self proclaimed first ‘hip-hop candidate’ for president deserves to be heard.

  23. will Says:

    weve kinda got off topic, i like this guy, but i want to know what people think, do you think this guy is better suited to but the greens over the 5% mark or do you think Mckinney is. i think this Ball would make a good VP.

  24. will Says:

    weve kinda got off topic, i like this guy, but i want to know what people think, do you think this guy is better suited to but the greens over the 5% mark or do you think Mckinney is. i think this Ball would make a good VP.

  25. Fred C. Says:

    G in B - I agree the situation is unfair and needs to be corrected, I just don’t think that giving DC statehood - and thus, more represenation than the residents of much larger metropolitan centers - is the right solution. Attaching it to a neighboring state requires no ammendment and doesn’t create a new imbalance in power. 200 years of unfairness doesn’t entitle anyone to special status in the future.

    Will: McKinney has some name recognition to her, and a record to point back at. Ball has neither as far as I can tell. I think having him at the top of the Green ticket would do no better than David Cobb - even if Nader isn’t running a competing ticket this time. As a VP candidate, at least he’d draw some attention to the DC affiliate and it’s work.

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