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Disgraced former Obama adviser to teach at Princeton
Posted By Aaron Klein On 02/24/2010 @ 10:15 am In Front Page | Comments Disabled
Van Jones, President Obama’s former “green jobs” czar, will teach environmental policy at Princeton University, it was announced today.
Jones resigned in September from his post as adviser to the White House Council on Environmental Quality after it was exposed he founded a communist revolutionary organization and signed a statement that accused the Bush administration of possible involvement in the 9/11 attacks. Jones also once called for “resistance” against the U.S.
Jones previously stated his advocacy for green jobs was part of a broader movement to destroy the U.S. capitalist system.
Princeton today announced Jones has been appointed a visiting fellow in the Center for African American Studies and the Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy at the university’s Wilson School.
Noliwe Rooks, associate director of the Center for African American Studies, told the Daily Princetonian Jones will also conduct research and host discussions on such subjects as “the next phase of green jobs, environmental policy [and] environmental justice.”
Jones explained in an official university statement he looks forward to “exploring solutions to our nation’s toughest challenges with the students and scholars of Princeton.”
“America is at a crossroads, facing economic and ecological crises,” he said in the statement. “The next generation of job-creating, green solutions will be even more challenging to conceive. And they will be even more difficult to implement.”
Fox News reported yesterday the NAACP awarded Jones one of its Image Awards, calling him an “American treasure.”
In the 1990s, however, was the leader and founder of a radical group, the communist revolutionary organization Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement, or STORM. The group’s official manifesto, “Reclaiming Revolution,” boasted “we also saw our brand of Marxism as, in some ways, a reclamation.”
STORM was founded in 1994 and disbanded in 2003.
“We agreed with Lenin’s analysis of the state and the party,” read STORM’s manifesto. “And we found inspiration in the revolutionary strategies developed by Third World revolutionaries like Mao Zedong and Amilcar Cabral.”
Cabral is the late Marxist revolutionary leader of Guinea-Bissau and the Cape Verde Islands.
WND previously reported Jones named his son after Cabral and reportedly concludes every e-mail with a quote from the communist leader.
STORM worked with known communist leaders. It led the charge in black protests against various issues, including a local attempt to pass Proposition 21, a ballot initiative that sought to increase the penalties for violent crimes and require more juvenile offenders to be tried as adults.
Speaking to the East Bay Express in 2005, Jones said he first became radicalized in the wake of the 1992 Rodney King riots in Los Angeles, during which time he was arrested.
“I was a rowdy nationalist on April 28th, and then the verdicts came down on April 29th,” he said. “By August, I was a communist.
Jones in the early 1990s also founded and led Bay Area Cop Watch, which has been accused of anti-police activities. WND previously reported Jones signed a petition calling for nationwide “resistance” against police.
Jones went on to found the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, named after a little-known civil rights firebrand and socialist activist.
In a 2005 Uprising Radio interview, Jones talked about using “green” jobs to bring down the capitalist system.
“Inside that minimum demand was a very radical kernel that eventually meant that from 1964 to 1968 complete revolution was on the table for this country,” he said. “And, I think that this green movement has to pursue those same steps and stages. Right now we say we want to move from suicidal gray capitalism to something eco-capitalism where at least we’re not fast-tracking the destruction of the whole planet. Will that be enough? No, it won’t be enough. We want to go beyond the systems of exploitation and oppression altogether.”
Succeeding revelations about Jones by WND included:
The revelation followed Beck’s reports on WND’s story about Jones’ communist background.
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