Van Jones

Van Jones, President of Rebuild the Dream, and author of the new book Rebuild the Dream. Jones was the founder and former president of Green for All and author of The Green Collar Economy. In 2009, he served as the green jobs advisor in the Obama White House. Van is currently a senior fellow at the Center For American Progress, and also holds a joint appointment at Princeton University, as a distinguished visiting fellow in both the Center for African American Studies and in the Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

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Monday, April 02, 2012
The Age of Obama: What Went Wrong (and How to Fix It)
This article is adapted from Rebuild the Dream , Van Jones' new book.
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Monday, January 23, 2012
Obama's Choice on Housing: A Sweetheart Deal for the 1% or a Fair Deal for the 99%
Rumor has it that as early as today, after months of negotiation with big banks, the White House may announce a settlement that would let the banks off the hook for their role in the foreclosure crisis -- paying a tiny fraction of what's needed in exchange for blanket immunity from future lawsuits.
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Wednesday, November 02, 2011
Tax the One Percent -- Make Wall Street Fund America
The giant cries of protest sweeping across the country are starting to reverberate in the halls of Congress. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR) are proposing a Wall Street Tax. Their bill would establish a tiny financial transaction tax of 0.03% on every single trade of stocks, bonds, options, futures, swaps, and credit default swaps.
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Saturday, October 01, 2011
Wall Street Protests: Which Side Are You On?
Wall Street has long been the home of the biggest threat to American Democracy. Now it has become home to what may be our best hope for rescuing it.
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Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Introducing The 'American Dream' Movement
In the past 24 months, those of us who longed for positive change have gone from hope to heartbreak. But hope is returning to America -- at last -- thanks largely to the courageous stand of the heroes and heroines of Wisconsin.
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Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Happy Birthday Clean(er) Air: We Still Have a Long Way to Go
The Clean Air Act turns 40 this month. But if dirty energy proponents and climate-change deniers have their way, it won't survive intact for another 40 weeks. Ever since the US Supreme Court agreed that the EPA has the right to regulate greenhouse gasses under the act, lobbyists for dirty energy have been trying to gut the law.
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Wednesday, September 08, 2010
The Gulf Will Be Beautiful Again
Not a lot of people talk about "beauty" and "the Gulf" in the same breath these days. Five years ago, New Orleans was under 15 feet of water, debris, toxic waste and dead bodies. The disaster killed 1,800 people and caused $75 billion in damage.
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Wednesday, February 18, 2009
The Stimulus: A Down Payment on a Green Future
Pretty soon, Kermit the Frog is going to need a new song to sing . I'm not saying it's easy being green. But it's getting easier. As part of the $787 billion stimulus package that President Obama just signed, the federal government will be investing about $60 billion in clean energy, environmental projects, and scientific research.
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Thursday, February 12, 2009
Enough Is Enough: Confirm Hilda Solis Now
Almost two months have gone by since President Obama nominated Rep. Hilda Solis for Secretary of Labor. But some Senate Republicans are playing petty politics, holding up her confirmation . It looks like a cynical and misguided attempt to score points at the expense of the new Democratic President and his cabinet nominee.
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Friday, December 19, 2008
New Labor Secretary is Brown and Green
President-elect Barack Obama got it right when he announced Representative Hilda Solis as his pick for the next secretary of labor. Headlines are heralding her as the first Latino to hold the post. But the green jobs movement is jumping for joy not only because she's brown. It's because she's green. Through Solis, Obama makes clear his commitment to creating green jobs to lift the nation out of its current economic crisis.
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