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Van Jones

Anthony Kapel ” Van ” Jones (born September 20, 1968) is an American news commentator, author, and non-practicing attorney . He is a coofounder of several nonprofit organizations, including the Dream Corps, a “social justice accelerator” [1] that operates three advocacy initiatives: # cut50, #Yeswecode and Green for All. He is the author of The Green Collar Economy and Rebuild the Dream, both ranking as New York Times bestselling books. He is a regular CNN contributor and current presenter of the feature documentary series and subsequent studio discussion series, The Messy Truth with Van Jones, also on CNN. [2]

He served as President Barack Obama’s Special Advisor for Green Jobs, [3] as a distinguished visiting fellow at Princeton University, [4] and as a co-host of CNN’s political debate show Crossfire . [5] He is president of the Dream Corps and is among the activists featured in the 13th , a 2016 documentary directed by Ava DuVernay on the US justice system that has resulted in the over-incarceration of minorities and the highest incarceration rate in the world.

In 2004, Jones was recognized as a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum . [6] Fast Company ranked Jones as one of the “12 Most Creative Minds in 2008”. [7] In 2009, Time magazine named Jones as one of the most influential people in the world . [8] In 2010, he received the NAACP President’s award. [9]

Early life and education

Anthony Kapel Jones and his twin sister Angela were born in 1968 in Jackson, Tennessee , about 90 miles east of Memphis. [10] Their mother, Loretta Jean (née Kirkendoll), was a high school teacher, and their father, Willie Anthony Jones, was a senior at a middle school. [10] Jones’ sister said that as a child, Anthony was “the stereotypical geek-he just kind of lived up in his head a lot”. [10] Jones has said he has been “bookish and weird”. [10] His grandfather was a leader in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church , [11]and Jones assisted to religious conferences. He would sit in the kitchen listening to these hot, sweaty black churches. [10]

Jones was born after the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy , Martin Luther King, Jr. , and Bobby Kennedy , but as he has learned about the men’s work, he has become devoted to the heroic figures. He pinned photographs of the Kennedy brothers to a bulletin board in his specially delineated section “Kennedy Section”. As a child he matched his Star Wars action figures with Kennedy-era political figures; Luke Skywalker was John, Han Solo was Bobby, and Lando Calrissian was Martin Luther King, Jr. [12]

Jones was educated at Central Jackson-Merry High School , a high school public in his hometown; He graduated in 1986. Jones received his BS in communication and political science from the University of Tennessee at Martin (UT Martin). During this period, Jones also worked as an intern at the Jackson Sun (Tennessee), the Shreveport Times ( Louisiana ), and the Associated Press ( Nashville office). He adopted the nickname “Van” when he was 17 and working at the Jackson Sun. [13] At UT Martin, Jones helped to launch and lead a number of independent, campus-based publications. They included theFourteenth Circle ( University of Tennessee ), the Periscope ( Vanderbilt University ), the New Alliance Project (statewide in Tennessee), and the Third Eye (Nashville’s African-American community). [14] Jones later credited UT Martin for preparing for a larger life. [15]

Deciding against journalism, Jones moved to Connecticut to attend Yale Law School . In 1992, while still a law student at Yale, he was one of several lawyers selected by the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights , based in San Francisco, to serve as an investigator in the trial of Rodney King . King had been beaten by police officers in an incident caught on camera. Three of the officers were acquitted and the jury was deadlocked on the verdict of the fourth man. Jones participated with many others in protesting the verdicts. He and others were arrested, but the district attorney later dropped the charges against Jones. [12]

The arrested protesters, including Jones, won a small legal settlement . Jones later said that “the incident deepened my disaffection with the system and accelerated my political radicalization”. [16] Jones was deeply affected by the trial and verdict. In an October 2005 interview years later, Jones said he had been “a rowdy nationalist on April 28th” [12] before the King’s verdict was announced, but that by August 1992 he had become a communist. [12]

His activism Was aussi spurred by seeing the deep racial inequality in New Haven, Connecticut , PARTICULARLY in prosecution of drug use: “I was seeing kids at Yale do drugs and talk about it Openly, and-have nothing happen to ’em gold, if anything, get to rehab … And then I was going to get kids back to school, doing the same drugs, in smaller amounts, going to prison. ” [10]

After graduating from law school with his JD degree in 1993, Jones moved to San Francisco and became a revolutionary. [12] He became affiliated with many radical left activists, for a brief time joining a “socialist collective” called Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement (STORM). It is protested against police brutality, held study groups on the theories of Marx and Lenin, and aspired to a multi-racial socialist utopia. [12]


Ella Baker Center for Human Rights

Jones was affiliated with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights , which was introduced in 1992. In 1995, Jones initiated their project to Bay Area PoliceWatch, the region’s only bar-certified hotline and lawyer-referral service for victims of police abuse . The hotline started receiving 15 calls a day. [10]

Jones described the development of the project:

“We have a computer database, the first of its kind in the country, that allows us to track problem officers, problem precincts, problem practices,” said Jones. “Now, obviously, just because somebody calls and says, ‘Officer so-and-so did something to me,’ does not mean it actually. happened, but if you get two, four, six phone calls about the same officer, then you get a chance to try and take affirmative steps. ” [17]

By 1996, Jones founded a new umbrella NGO , the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights . He is working in the office of Eva Paterson, Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee, and used his personal computer. [12]

In 1996-1997, Jones and PoliceWatch led a campaign to gain the firing of Marc Andaya’s officer from the San Francisco Police Department . Andaya was accused of excessive force in the in-custody death in 1995 of Aaron Williams, an unarmed black man who fought on the street with several officers. There was community outrage about his death and pressure on the justice department Against Andaya, who saw him kick Williams in the head. In the year after the incident, the paper reported that Andaya had a record of incidents of misconduct in the 1980s. The San Francisco ChronicleThis article was originally published in 1988 and was published in the English and French versions. It was published in 1983 and 1993, when it was published by the Oakland Police Department. [18] Investigation revealed more brutality complaints in Oakland and two lawsuists against him; The San Francisco Police Commission voted for fire in June 1997 for falsifying his application to the department. [19]

In 1999 and 2000, a proposal was proposed , which would increase “penalties for a range of violent crimes and require more juvenile offenders to be tried as adults.” [12] He worked to mobilize a student protest movement against the proposal; this effort made national headlines, [20] [21] but it ultimately imploded. He began to work for more solidarity and building alliances across politics and class to achieve goals. [12]

The proposal was passed by voters, part of a nationwide wave of states’ increasing punishments for crimes. This United States, especially of minorities, incarceration. In 2001, Jones and the Ella Baker Center launched the “Books Not Bars” campaign. From 2001 to 2003 he led an attempt to block the building of a Proposed “Super Jail for Youth” in Oakland ‘s Alameda County . California’s juvenile justice system. [22]

Color of Change

Following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Jones and James Rucker co-founded a Web-based grassroots organization to address Black Issues, called Color of Change . Color of Change’s mission, as described on its web site, “ColorOfChange.org exists to strengthen Black America’s political voice.” Our goal is to empower our members-Black Americans and our allies-to make government more responsive to the concerns of Black Americans and positive political and social change for everyone. ” [23] Jones amicably parted ways with the color of change.

Shift to environmentalism

By 2005, Jones had made eco-capitalism and environmental justice . [24] In 2005 the Ella Baker Center expanded its vision beyond the immediate concern of policing, declaring that “If we really wanted to help our communities escape the cycle of incarceration, we had to start focusing on jobs, wealth and health creation.” [22] In 2005, Jones and the Ella Baker Center produced the “Social Equity Track” for the United Nations’ World Environment Daycelebration, held that year in San Francisco. [25] It was the official beginning of what would eventually become Ella Baker Center’s Green-Collar Jobs Campaign.

The Green-Collar Jobs Campaign was the first effort to combine the goals of improving the racial and economic equality. He worked to establish the nation’s first “Green Jobs Corps” in Oakland. On October 20, 2008, the City of Oakland is formally launched to the Oakland Green Jobs Corps, a public-private partnership to provide local Oakland residents with job training, support, and work experience so they can independently pursue careers in the new energy economy . ” [26]

Green for All

In September 2007, Jones attended the Clinton Global Initiative and announced his plans to launch Green for All , a new national NGO dedicated to creating green pathways out of poverty in America. The plan grew out of its earlier work with the Ella Baker Center. Green-All-Purpose Green-Collar Jobs Mission – Creating Green Pathways Out of Poverty.

Green for All in its first year, Green for All organized “The Dream Reborn”, the first national green conference in which the majority of awaited were people of color. With 1Sky and the We Campaign , it co-hosted a national day of action for the new economy called “Green Jobs Now”. It launched the Green-Collar Cities program to help cities build local green economies and started the Green for All Capital Access Program to assist green entrepreneurs. As part of the Clean Energy Corps Working Group, it was launched for a Clean Energy Corps initiative which would create 600,000 green-collar jobs while retrofitting and upgrading more than 15 million American buildings. [27]

In reflecting on Green for All’s first year, Jones wrote, “One year later, Green for All is real – and we have helped put green collar jobs on the map … But we have a long way to go. strong organization to help get us there. ” [27]

Jones advocates a combination of conservation, regulation and investment as a way of promoting environmental justice and opposing environmental racism . In an interview for the “EON Deep Democracy Interview Series”, Jones spoke of a “third wave of environmentalism”:

The first wave of the Teddy Roosevelt, 1963, Rachel Carson writes a book, Silent Spring, and she’s talking about toxics and the environment, and that’s really up to a whole new wave. So it’s no longer just conservation but it’s conservation, plus regulation, trying to regulate the bad, and that wave kind of continued to be developed ‘re regulating but you’re not regulating white, the white polluters and white environmentalists are essentially steering poison into the people-of-color communities, because they do not have a racial justice frame. ” … Now there’s something new to start with, and it’s more beginning to put money into the solutions and trying to regulate the problem. [28]

The Green Collar Economy

Jones meets with San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom at The Green Collar Economy book signing, October 14, 2008.

Jones published his first book, The Green Collar Economy , in 2008. He describes his “viable plan for solving the two biggest issues facing the country today-the economy and the environment.” [29] The book received favorable reviews from Al Gore , Nancy Pelosi , Tom Daschle , Carl Pope , and Arianna Huffington . [30]

In the book, Jones contends that it is a transition to a pollution-based “gray economy” and a “green economy”. [31] Jones wrote:

We are entering an era in which we believe in innovation and innovation on a scale never before seen in the history of human civilization. Only the business community has the requisite skills, experience, and capital to meet that need. On the score, neither government nor nonprofit and voluntary sectors can compete, not even remotely.

So in the end, our success and survival is one of the most important success stories of our companies. Since all of the required eco-technologies are likely to come out of the private sector, civic leaders and voters should do so to help. That means, in large part, electing leaders who will pass bills to help them. We can not realistically proceed without a strong alliance between the best of the world and everyone else.

Jones had a limited publicity budget and no national media platform. A viral goal, web-based marketing strategy earned the book at # 12 debut on the New York Times bestseller list. Jones and Green For All uses “a combination of emails and phone calls to friends, bloggers, and a network of activists” to reach millions of people. [32] Due to the marketing campaign’s grassroots nature, Jones said that achieving bestseller status was a victory for the entire green-collar jobs movement. In August 2008 Jones was featured on the grassroots radio program Sea Change Radio. [33] The Green Collar Economy is the first environmental book written by an African-American to make the New York Times bestseller list.[27]

White House Council on Environmental Quality

In March 2009 Jones was appointed as Special Advisor for Green Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation at the White House Council on Environmental Quality . [3] Jones, while a staunch supporter of President Barack Obama, had not planned on working for his administration. Jones later said, “When they asked the question, I would like to know that I would like to change my mind. process of getting the recovery package pulled together. ” [34]

Columnist Chadwick Matlin described Jones as a “switchboard operator for Obama’s grand vision of the American economy; [35] Jones did not like the informal “czar” term sometimes applied to his job. He described his role as “the green-jobs handyman” I’m there to serve I’m happy to come back to the field of green jobs, which is a new field. be helpful, but there is no such thing as a green-jobs ‘czar.’ ” [36]

Jones’ appointment Was Criticized by conservative media Such As WorldNetDaily and Fox News commentator Glenn Beck , Jones MENTIONED Who is fourteen episodes de son show. [37] [38] They criticized Jones for his radical political activities in the 1990s, including participation in STORM and his public support for Mumia Abu-Jamal , a prisoner convicted and sentenced to death , in a highly controversial trial, for murdering a police officer. [39] [40]

In July 2009 Color of Change , Which Jones Had Founded a Left, Beckit Fox News, President of Obama’s President said it was “deep-seated hatred for white people or white” culture”. [41] In September 2009, a video on YouTube was circulated of a February 2009 lecture by Jones at the Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative. He used the language of the lawmakers, and himself, when he said that he wanted to fight. [42]“The incident made by the Joneses and apologized, saying” do not reflect the views of this administration, which has made every effort to work in a bipartisan fashion, and they do not reflect the experience. [43]

Republicans persisted in their attack on Jones. Representative Mike Pence (R-Indiana), the chairman of the Republican Conference in the US House of Representatives , and Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas), Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee , closely criticized Jones for his remarks. Senator Kit Bond (R-Missouri) urged Congress to investigate Jones’ “fitness” for the position. [44] [45] Bob Beckel , a Fox News political analyst Who Was formerly an official in the Carter administration , Was the first prominent Democrat to call for Jones’ resignation. [46]Trying to Contain the Damage, Jones Issued a Statement That Said, “In the days of the past, it has been reported that I have been offended. anyone with statements I made in the past, I apologize. ” quote needed ]

Jones Was aussi Criticized for Allegedly HAVING signed a 2004 petition by 911Truth.org That suggéré the Bush administration “may-have Indeed damaged deliberately allowed 9/11 to happen.” [44] [47] Jones immediately said he did not agree with the statement and had not signed the petition. [44] [47] [48] While the issue was open, the allegations were grounds for more tumult: conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer said that, while other charges against Jones were “trivial”, this was “beyond partisanship”. [49]Jones resigned on September 5, 2009, saying he had been the subject of a “vicious smear campaign” by “opponents of reform [of health care and clean energy]”. [50] He has become a distraction to the administration’s achieving its goals. [50] Finally, on July 27, 2010, the group 911truth.org released a statement confirming that they had “researched the situation and were unable to produce”. [51] During an interview is ABC ‘s This Week , White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbsthanked Jones “for his service to the country”, while noting that the president did not endorse his past comments nor support for Abu-Jamal. [40] [52]

Some liberal commentators expressed continued support for Jones. [53] Arianna Huffington predicted Beck’s efforts would be backfire by freeing Jones to be more outspoken. [54] John McWhorter in The New Republic criticized Obama for having Jones resign. [55]

Center for American Progress

Jones speaking at Power Shift 2011, an annual youth summit, Washington, DC on April 15, 2011

In February 2010, Jones became a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress . He led their Green Opportunity Initiative “to develop an articulated agenda for expanding investment, innovation, and opportunity through clean energy and environmental restoration”. [56]

Princeton University

In 2010 Jones received appointments at Princeton University , a distinguished visiting fellow at the Center for African American Studies and the Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs . [4]

Rebuild The Dream

In June 2011 Jones launched an advocacy project called Rebuild The Dream. [57] It was intended “to give the progressive mass movement that rose up to elect Barack Obama has a new banner to march under.” The launch included performances by The Roots and a DJ set by artist Shepard Fairey . In August 2012 Prince announced a series of concerts in Chicago to support Rebuild the Dream. [58] Prince went on The View with Jones and Rosario Dawson to promote the concerts.

In April 2012 Jones published his second book, titled Rebuild the Dream. It debuted at number 16 on the New York Times Best Seller list. [59]


In June 2013 Crossfire , alongside Newt Gingrich , Stephan Cutter and SE Cupp . [60] In October 2014 the show was canceled. [61]

Jones continued partner after the end of Crossfire as a regular CNN contributor. He Has Contributed to segments was wide-range of topics, Including Obama administration policies, [62] Supreme Court decisions, [63] protests in Ferguson, Missouri partner after the fatal shooting by police force of an unarmed young black man, [64] and the 2016 Republican presidential primary. [65] After the November 2016 election by Donald Trump , Republican , Jones claimed the result was a “whitelash”. President Obama, President Obama, President of the United States. [66]

The Dream Corps

Jones is President of The Dream Corps, [67] a “social enterprise and incubator for powerful ideas and innovations designed to uplift and empower the most vulnerable in our society.” [1] The Dream Corps owns and operates several advocacy projects, including Green for All, # cut50, and #YesWeCode.

In early 2015 Jones launched #YesWeCode, an initiative aiming to “teach 100,000 low-income kids to write code”. [68] The musician Prince appeared at the Essence Festival to help support the launch. [69] Jones credits Prince with the idea to form #YesWeCode. [70] #YesWeCode has hosted several hackathons, including one in Detroit in partnership with MSNBC, [71] and Oakland. In an interview on CNN on April 21, 2016, The Prince ‘s death, Jones revealed that Prince had secretly contributed to the funding of #YesWeCode. [72]

In 2015 Jones launched # cut50, an organization focused on bi-partisan solutions to criminal justice reform issues. In March 2015 # cut50 hosted a “bi-partisan summit” with Republican Newt Gingrich , Speaker of the House, to promote bi-partisan solutions. [73] Their goals are to reduce prison populations, as the United States has the highest rate of incarceration in the world, and the minimum mandatory sentence and mandatory lengthy sentences for certain crimes.

In November 2015 # cut50 won the support of singer Alicia Keys . [74] In 2016 Keys made a video appeal to the Congressman Paul Ryan asking him to “be her Valentine” [75] Ryan made this commitment days later. # 76, including Amy Schumer, Steph Curry, Norton Ed, Jesse Williams, Chris Pine, Russell Simmons, Shonda Rhimes, Russel Brand, Jessica Chastain, and Piper Kerman. [77]

Friendship with Prince

Jones was a longtime friend of the Prince musician. Prince publicly supported several of Jones’ advocacy projects. After Prince’s death, Jones revealed that the musician had been a major philanthropist who preferred to give anonymously to a wide spectrum of charitable causes. [78] Prince used Jones and others as surrogates to distribute his gifts. As a Jehovah’s Witness , Prince did not want to receive public credit for his charitable work. [79] Jones was among the 20 people who gathered for a private memorial service at Paisley Park after Prince’s death. [80]

Other projects

During the 2003 California gubernatorial election recall , Jones served as Arianna Huffington’s statewide grassroots director. [81]

On October 2, 2010, Jones spoke at the One Nation Working Together rally in Washington, DC. He talks about fighting against pollution, saying that green jobs would bring “real solutions” instead of “hateful rhetoric”. [82] [83]

On April 15, 2011, Jones spoke at Powershift 2011 in Washington, DC, addressing more than 10,000 students on issues of climate justice and standing up for underrepresented communities. Powershift 2011 was the largest youth activism and organizing training in US history.

In 2011, Jones worked with MoveOn.org to launch the Rebuild the Dream campaign, which was intended to start a progressive American Dream movement to counter the Tea Party movement. [84] Following a kickoff on June 23, 2011, [57] [85] Rebuild the Dream announced a “Contract for the American Dream,” intended as a counter to the Tea Party-supported ” Contract from America “, [86] and held house meetings in July. [87] [88] Jones claimed 127,000 people had become involved in the movement by the end of July 2011. [89]

At the beginning of October 2011, Rebuild the Dream conference in Washington, DC, compared the Occupy Wall Street movement to an ” American Autumn ” comparable to the Arab Springuprisings, saying, “You can see it right now with these theses Young people on Wall Street.Once on your hats, we’re going to have an American attack on America’s middle class. ” [90]

At a speech in San Francisco in February 2012, Jones spoke to them, saying, “They call it class warfare … if anything, it’s warfare against people who no class … they will not even we are underwater. ” [91]

Jones founded Advocates for Opioid Recovery together with House Speaker trainer Newt Gingrich and former Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy . [92]


Jones HAS served on the boards of Numerous environmental and nonprofit organisms, Including Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), [93] 1Sky, the National Apollo Alliance , Social Venture Network , Rainforest Action Network , Bioneers , Julia Butterfly Hill’s “Circle of Life” organization and Free Press . He is currently serving on the board of trustees at Demos . [94] He also served as a Senior Fellow with the Center for American Progress and a Fellow at the Institute of Noetic Sciences. He was a keynote speaker at the youth conference Power Shift 2009 [95] and 2011 [96] in Washington, DC

Awards and honors

Jones’ awards and honors include:

  • 1996 – Brick Award Now renamed as Dosomething Awards [97]
  • 1997-1999 – Rockefeller Foundation “Next Generation Leadership” Fellowship
  • 1998 – Reebok International Human Rights Award
  • 2000 – International Ashoka Fellowship
  • 2008 – Environmental Hero Time Magazine [98]
  • 2008 – Elle Magazine Green Award
  • 2008 – One of the Lucas Foundation’s George “Daring Dozen”
  • 2008 – Hunt Prime Mover Award; Hunt Alternatives Fund
  • 2008 – Campaign for America’s Future ” Paul Wellstone Award”
  • 2008 – Global Green USA “Community Environmental Leadership” Award
  • 2008 – San Francisco Foundation Community Leadership Award
  • 2008 – Puffin / Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship [99]
  • 2008 – World Economic Forum ” Young Global Leader “
  • 2008 – Essence Magazine 25 Most Inspiring African Americans
  • 2009 – Hubert Humphrey Civil Rights Award [100]
  • 2009 – Eco-Entrepreneur Award, Institute for Entrepreneurship, Leadership & Innovation; Howard University
  • 2009 – Individual Thought Leadership, Energy & Environment Awards; Aspen Institute [101]
  • 2009 – Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World
  • 2010 – NAACP President’s Award [9]
  • 2010 – Commonwealth Club of California – Inforum’s 21st Century Visionary Award
  • 2010 – Global Exchange Honored Human Rights Award. [102]
  • 2011 – Ebony Magazine’s Power 150
  • 2012 – Rolling Stone Magazine 12 Leaders Who Get Things Done
  • 2013 – The Root Magazine 100 Honorees
  • 2013 – Ebony Magazine’s Power 100
  • 2015 – National Urban League ‘s Toyota Clean Energy Honoree [103]
  • 2015 – Environmental Media Association Green Biz Global Innovator Award [104]
  • 2015 – Rainbow Push Coalition’s 2015 Vanguard Award [105]
  • 2015 – David E. Glover Vanguard Award [106]

Selected publications


  • Jones, Van; Conrad, Ariane (2008). The Green Collar Economy . New York: HarperOne. ISBN  978-0-06-165075-8 .
  • Jones, Van (2012). Rebuild the Dream . New York: Nation Books. ISBN  1-56858-714-7 .


Jones, Van (July 24, 2010). “Shirley Sherrod and Me” . New York Times .


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  26. Jump up^ “Oakland Green Jobs Corps” . Ella Baker Center for Human Rights . Retrieved August 28, 2009 .
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  28. Jump up^ “Green Jobs Not Jails – The Third Wave of Environmentalism” . EON – Ecological Options Network. January 19, 2008 . Retrieved October 30, 2009.
  29. Jump up^ “About the Book: The Green Collar Economy ” . HarperCollins.
  30. Jump up^ Books – Van Jones, vanjones.net
  31. Jump up^ Jones, Van (2008). The Green Collar Economy . New York: HarperOne. ISBN  978-0-06-165075-8 .
  32. Jump up^ Sabloff, Nicholas (October 20, 2008). “How Environmental Activist Van Jones’ Book ‘The Green Collar Economy’ Reached the NYT Best Sellers List” . The Huffington Post . Retrieved September 1, 2009 .
  33. Jump up^ “Green Collar Jobs Build the Clean Energy Economy” . Sea Change Radio . Retrieved January 26, 2016 .
  34. Jump up^ Pibel, Doug (March 10, 2009). “Van Jones: Why I’m Going to Washington” . Yes Magazine . Retrieved September 1, 2009 .
  35. Jump up^ Matlin, Chadwick (April 20, 2009). “Van Jones: The Face of Green Jobs”. The Big Money .
  36. Jump up^ Burnham, Michael (March 10, 2009). Obama’s green jobs handyman ready to serve . The New York Times . Greenwire . Retrieved September 1, 2009.
  37. Jump up^ Weigel, David (September 4, 2009). “Far-Right Site Gains Influence in Era Obama (AfterBirther Jones defends, goes after WND, Beck)” . Free Republic .
  38. Jump up^ Embroider, John M. (September 6, 2009). “White House Official Resigns After GOP Criticism” . The New York Times . Retrieved March 1, 2010 .
  39. Jump up^ Barbash, Fred; Siegel, Harry (September 7, 2009). “Van Jones resigns controversy amidst” . The Politico . Retrieved December 15, 2009 .
  40. ^ Jump up to:b Wilson, Scott; Eilperin, Juliet (September 7, 2009). “In Adviser ‘s Resignation, Vetting Bites Obama Again” . The Washington Post . pp. A02 . Retrieved September 7, 2009 .
  41. Jump up^ Kennedy, Helen (August 18, 2009). “President Obama insult by Glenn Beck has advertised boycotting show” . New York Daily News .
  42. Jump up^ Linkins, Jason (October 18, 2009). “Fox News Shocked Van Jones Called Republicans” Assholes “- In February (VIDEO)” . The Huffington Post . Retrieved March 24, 2017 .
  43. Jump up^ “White House Green Jobs Adviser apologizes for Calling Republicans ‘Assholes ‘ ” . Fox News. September 2, 2009.
  44. ^ Jump up to:c Franke-Ruta, Garance (September 5, 2009). “White House Says Little About Embattled Jones” . The Washington Post . Retrieved September 5,2009 .
  45. Jump up^ Franke-Ruta, Garance (September 4, 2009). “Leading Republican Demands That House White Fire ‘Green Collar’ Adviser” . The Washington Post . Retrieved September 4, 2009 .
  46. Jump up^ “Congressman Republican Calls on Jones to Resign” . Fox News. September 4, 2009 . Retrieved September 4, 2009 .
  47. ^ Jump up to:b Garofoli, Joe (September 5, 2009). “Obama adviser on green jobs under attack” . San Francisco Chronicle . pp. A1 . Retrieved September 6,2009 .
  48. Jump up^ Jones, Van (July 24, 2010). “Shirley Sherrod and Me” . The New York Times . p. WK10.
  49. Jump up^ Krauthammer, Charles (September 11, 2009). “Linking Bush to 9/11 Is Why Van Jones Had to Go” . The Washington Post . Retrieved February 25,2016 .
  50. ^ Jump up to:b Franke-Ruta, Garance ; Wilson, Scott (September 6, 2009). “White House Adviser Van Jones Amid Controversy Resigns Over Past Activism”. The Washington Post . Retrieved September 6, 2009 .
  51. Jump up^ Dinan, Stephen (July 27, 2010). “2004 Truth Statement from 911truth.org” .
  52. Jump up^ Smith, Ben ; Henderson, Nia-Malika (September 6, 2009). “Glenn Beck up, left down and van Jones defiant” . The Politico . Retrieved September 7,2009 .
  53. Jump up^ Garofoli, Joe (September 7, 2009). “Progressive decry resignation of Van Jones” . San Francisco Chronicle . p. A1 . Retrieved September 7, 2009 .
  54. Jump up^ Huffington, Arianna (September 7, 2009). “Thank You, Glenn Beck!” . The Huffington Post . Retrieved December 15, 2009 .
  55. Jump up^ Mcwhorter, John (September 7, 2009). “Dumping Van Jones: Why Give In To Republicans’ Tantrums?” . The New Republic . Retrieved September 15, 2009 .
  56. Jump up^ “Van Jones Join CAP to Lead Green Opportunity Initiative” . Center for American Progress . February 24, 2010. Archived from the original on February 28, 2010 . Retrieved March 1, 2010 .
  57. ^ Jump up to:b Dickinson, Tim (June 23, 2011). “Van Jones on Rebuilding the American Dream” . Rolling Stone . Retrieved August 1, 2011 .
  58. Jump up^ Sudo, Chuck. “Prince Announces” Welcome 2 Chicago “Residency At United Center” . Chicagoist . Archived from the original on July 29, 2016. Retrieved December 28, 2015 .
  59. Jump up^ “Best Sellers: Combined Hardcover & Paperback Nonfiction: Sunday, April 22nd 2012” . The New York Times . April 22, 2012.
  60. Jump up^ Rorke, Robert (June 27, 2013). “Newt Gingrich CNN’s helms ‘Crossfire’ reboot” . New York Post . Retrieved December 28, 2015 .
  61. Jump up^ “CNN’s Crossfire Canceled, Again” . www.mediaite.com . Retrieved December 28, 2015 .
  62. Jump up^ “Van Jones: Keystone XL would be the ‘Obama Pipeline ‘ ” . Grist . Retrieved December 28, 2015 .
  63. Jump up^ Datoc, Christian (June 28, 2015). “CNN Van Jones Contributor: ‘The Republican Party Has A Big Problem’ [VIDEO]” . The Daily Caller . Retrieved December 28, 2015 .
  64. Jump up^ “CNN’s Jones, Lemon Rip Into Each Other Over Ferguson Protests” . www.mediaite.com . Retrieved December 28, 2015 .
  65. Jump up^ “Van Jones: ‘Democrats should worry’ about GOP ‘rainbow coalition ‘ ” . The Washington Times . Retrieved December 28, 2015 .
  66. Jump up^ Blake, John (November 19, 2016). “This is what ‘whitelash’ looks like . CNN . Retrieved November 25, 2016 .
  67. Jump up^ “DONNA BRAZILE: Koch brothers join bipartisan reform efforts” . Stillwater News Press . Retrieved January 24, 2016 .
  68. Jump up^ Guynn, Jessica (January 19, 2015). “Program teaches low-income kids to code” . USA Today . Retrieved December 28, 2015 .
  69. Jump up^ “Van Jones: Giving Geniuses Black Tools to Win with #YesWeCode” . Essence.com . Retrieved February 26, 2016 .
  70. Jump up^ “Prince Archives – Hollywood Journal” . Hollywood Journal . Retrieved February 26, 2016 .
  71. Jump up^ “The winners and next gen innovators of the #YesWeCode hackathon” . MSNBC . Retrieved February 26, 2016 .
  72. Jump up^ Rosenmann, Jessie (April 22, 2016). “How Prince Transformed People ‘s Lives Beyond His Music” . AlterNet .
  73. Jump up^ Altman, Alex (March 26, 2015). Will Congress Reform the Criminal Justice System? . Time . Retrieved December 28, 2015 .
  74. Jump up^ Young, Natasha (November 20, 2015). “Alicia Keys Takes On Mass Incarceration” . Refinery29 . Retrieved December 28, 2015 .
  75. Jump up^ Byrnes, Jesse (February 4, 2016). “Alicia Keys asks Paul Ryan to be her Valentine” . The Hill . Retrieved February 25, 2016 .
  76. Jump up^ “100 A-List Celebs Join Movement to Reduce Population Prison and Reform Mandatory Minimums” . Drug Policy Alliance . Retrieved February 26, 2016 .
  77. Jump up^ “Artists for #JusticeReformNOW” . #JusticeReformNOW . Retrieved February 26, 2016 .
  78. Jump up^ Aquillano, Kate. “Prince dead at age 57, friend Van Jones’ emotional reaction” . CNN Headline News . Retrieved March 24, 2016 .
  79. Jump up^ “Friend: Prince was always there for you” . CNN . Retrieved March 24,2016 .
  80. Jump up^ “Inside Prince’s Private Memorial: It Was a ‘Beautiful Ceremony to Say a Loving Goodbye ‘ ” . Entertainment Tonight . Retrieved April 24, 2016 .
  81. Jump up^ Coile, Zachary (September 30, 2003). “Huffington considering leaving governor’s race” . San Francisco Chronicle . p. A1.
  82. Jump up^ Orol, Ronald D. (October 2, 2010). “Van Jones, train Obama adviser, DC rally headlines” . MarketWatch .
  83. Jump up^ Elliott, Philip (October 2, 2010). “DC rally shows support for struggling Democrats” . Washington Times . Associated Press .
  84. Jump up^ Can Van Jones Take on the Tea Party? , March 30, 2012
  85. Jump up^ Berman, Ari (June 23, 2011). “Van Jones Previews the American Dream Movement” . The Nation . Retrieved August 1, 2011 .
  86. Jump up^ Pappas, Alex (July 6, 2011). “Liberal Activist Van Jones mimics Tea Party Document” . The Daily Caller . Retrieved August 1, 2011 .
  87. Jump up^ Bedard, Paul (June 29, 2011). “Washington Whispers: Van Jones Joins Pushes ‘American Dream’ for MoveOn.org” . US News & World Report . Retrieved August 1, 2011 .
  88. Jump up^ Foreman, Lauren (July 16, 2011). “Jacksonians join national initiative to ‘Rebuild the Dream'”. The Jackson Sun. Retrieved August 1,2011.[dead link]
  89. Jump up^ “Educate Obama Adviser Brews At Different Tea Party” . NPR . July 31, 2011 . Retrieved August 1, 2011 .
  90. Jump up^ Belenky, Alexander (October 1, 2011). “Van Jones Praises Occupy Wall Street, Progressive Says Launching ‘October Offensive’ To Rival Tea Party” . The Huffington Post . Retrieved April 4, 2012 .
  91. Jump up^ Marinucci, Carla (February 11, 2012). “Democrats” star speaker Van Jones fires up crowd – and emerges party “leader of the future”? ” . San Francisco Chronicle . Retrieved April 4, 2012 .
  92. Jump up^ “As he chairs Trump’s opioid commission, Christie champions his home-state drug companies” . USA Today. October 19, 2017.
  93. Jump up^ “NRDC: Press Release -” Forward on Climate “Rally: More Than 35,000 strong March on Washington for Climate Action” . www.nrdc.org . Retrieved February 26, 2016 .
  94. Jump up^ “Board of Trustees: Demos” . Retrieved February 1, 2012 .
  95. Jump up^ “Van Jones Keynote at Powershift 09” . Energy Action Coalition.
  96. Jump up^ “Van Jones Power Shift 2011 Keynote” . Energy Action Coalition.
  97. Jump up^ “BRICK Winner may replace Tavis Smiley” . Archived from the originalon September 13, 2012.
  98. Jump up^ Elliot, Michael (September 24, 2008). “Van Jones: Heroes of the Environment 2008” . Time . Retrieved August 31, 2009 .
  99. Jump up^ Puffin / Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship, official website.
  100. Jump up^ “Van Jones: 2009 Hubert Humphrey Civil Rights Award Honoree” . Civilrights.org . Retrieved September 5, 2009 .
  101. Jump up^ “Aspen Institute Announces Winners of Aspen Institute Second Annual Energy and Environment Awards” . Aspen Institute . March 18, 2009 . Retrieved October 8, 2010 .
  102. Jump up^ “Human Rights Awards” . Global Exchange . 2010. Archived from the original on June 27, 2015.
  103. Jump up^ “Toyota Revs Up Sponsorship At The National Urban League Annual Conference” . www.prnewswire.com . Retrieved January 27, 2016 .
  104. Jump up^ “Environmental Media Association Announces Winners and Opens EMA Memberships to Public for First-Time in 26 Years” . TheHollywoodTimes . October 25, 2015 . Retrieved January 27, 2016 .
  105. Jump up^ “Rainbow Economic Summit PUSH: Tech Wrap-Up” . Black Enterprise . Retrieved January 27, 2016 .
  106. Jump up^ Nishihara, Naomi (October 20, 2015). “Oakland agency addresses the Bay Area’s digital divide” . Medium . Retrieved January 27, 2016 .

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