Van Jones is a Tennessee born environmental advocate and civil rights activist. He is most famous for his founding efforts in three separate non-profit organizations. These organizations are The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Color of Change, and Green for All. He is also an accomplished author, reaching the 12 slot on the New York Times bestseller list with his book, The Green Collar Economy.
Van Jones stands out as a leader of the environmental justice movement; a movement based in the communities and activists of the civil-rights era. Jones and the movement stand distinct from traditional environmental groups, in that they argue for environmental equality across race, income level, and geographic location. Jones’ impact in the EJ movement was hallmark in shifting it from one of litigation against coal-fired power plants and Brownfields toxic sites into promoting clean energy job training as a way out of poverty for many lower-income youth, as well as an engine of economic growth.
He was appointed as President Obama’s ‘Green Jobs Czar’, but was forced to quit shortly after due to public outcry by conservatives, including Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh that Jones was a communist and radical.
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