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Van Jones is founding president of Rebuild the Dream, a pioneering initiative to restore good jobs and economic opportunity. He is the co-founder of three, thriving organizations: the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Color of Change, and Green For All. Jones is the author of theNew York Times best seller, The Green Collar Economy.

A Yale-educated attorney, Van worked as the green jobs advisor to the Obama White House in 2009. There, he helped run the inter-agency process that oversaw $80 billion in green recovery spending. Time Magazine has named Jones one of the 100 most influential people in the world. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.

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Don't Just Vote

(50) Comments | Posted November 4, 2012 | 6:55 PM

The next 36 hours are crucial for the future of our country, our lives, our children's lives, so we don't want to waste even a minute of your time.

No matter what the polls or pundits say, it's all about voter turnout and unlikely voters (especially youth) actually going to...

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WATCH: What Mourdock Says About Romney

(0) Comments | Posted October 26, 2012 | 10:18 AM

Here's why Richard Mourdock's comments matter: The Republican Party has a brand problem, and Mitt Romney has a judgment problem. Here's how I explained it last night:

When one candidate for senate says something crazy, you could call it an isolated incident and say "who cares." But when another does it, and another -- including the only candidate Mitt Romney has cut an ad for -- and they all share a position with Paul Ryan, the man who Mitt Romney picked to be a heartbeat away from the presidency... then, you have to start asking hard questions.

If these are the types of people Romney is associating with, who will he pick for the Supreme Court? Who does he care about? What are his sensitivities? What type of person will he put in power?

Don't let anyone tell you this is really an argument about theology. It's not. It's an argument about social policy, and whether we want to live in a country where a woman is forced to bear the child of her rapist.

Nobody loves talking about this. It's disgusting and terrifying that people who hold these extreme views get this close to power, and this is a harsh reminder of all that's at stake in this...

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WATCH: Prince Announces Chicago Concerts to Aid 'Rebuild The Dream'

(4) Comments | Posted September 18, 2012 | 1:00 PM

I have worked for social change for more than 20 years, fighting for causes as diverse as police reform, juvenile justice and green jobs. Over the years, I have come to believe that two major flaws are undermining our reform movements.

Simply Put: We Are Too Bossy -- and Too...

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VIDEO: Underwater Voters Have Message for Obama

(295) Comments | Posted August 16, 2012 | 2:52 PM

Ask a political reporter, and they'll tell you the biggest story of the past week was Romney's selection of Paul "End Medicare" Ryan as his running mate. (I'll have more to say on him, soon). But that's not the only story. If you look more closely at what's been happening...

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The New "Must Read": Joe Romm's Language Intelligence

(9) Comments | Posted August 15, 2012 | 2:56 PM

In a war of ideas, the weapon of choice is words. Even when equipped with better and more popular ideas, progressives are losing the fight on ideas because of how we communicate those ideas -- or fail to communicate them.

When I read an early draft of Joe Romm's Language...

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How Millennials and Students Won a Massive Victory on Loan Rates

(79) Comments | Posted July 18, 2012 | 6:34 PM

Four months ago, nearly everyone thought the interest rate on Stafford student loans was going to double -- and that there was nothing anyone could do about it.

Republicans in Washington were beating the drums of austerity, trying to convince Americans that everyone, except the ultra-rich, should be tightening their...

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Hope for Homeowners

(220) Comments | Posted July 2, 2012 | 1:15 PM

Three simple questions expose the peril facing millions of Americans - and the grave danger in which American Dream now finds itself.

Number one, why is a good man like Jaime Gonzalez losing his shirt, while trying to keep up with interest payments on his modest Florida home? Why won't...

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More Solar, Not Less

(273) Comments | Posted May 22, 2012 | 7:56 PM

If you listen only to the propaganda machine of the Koch Brothers, the power companies and the "clean coal" industry, solar power is only desirable to a white rich ex-hippie with a Malibu beach house.

Their latest tactic is to paint local clean energy, such as rooftop solar, as an...

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Remembering MLK: Standing Up to the Dream Killers

(71) Comments | Posted April 4, 2012 | 3:27 PM

Today, April 4th, 2012, marks the 44th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination. It's a good time to reflect on the state of not only Dr. King's dream, but the American dream at large. After all, Dr. King himself described his own dream as one that was "deeply...

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Bank Settlement: $25 Billion Down, $675 Billion to Go

(297) Comments | Posted February 10, 2012 | 12:02 PM

This week a $25 billion settlement was announced in which big banks pay up for a portion of their bad deeds in the home foreclosure crisis. Everyone is trying to determine whether this is a good deal or a bad deal.

Here is how I score it. This deal represents...

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Obama Must Choose on Housing: A Sweetheart Deal for the 1% or a Fair Deal for the 99%

(312) Comments | Posted January 22, 2012 | 12:19 PM

Rumor has it that on Monday, 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...

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It's Our Turn: Celebrating MLK Day

(42) Comments | Posted January 12, 2012 | 4:04 PM

Martin Luther King day is one of our only national holidays committed to honoring social and racial justice. Yet too often it has been watered down to a Hallmark card -- a weak commemoration of one of the most inspiring individuals and formative eras in American history.

It's time for...

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Super Committee Fails, but American People Win

(632) Comments | Posted November 23, 2011 | 8:57 AM

The big buzz on cable news this week is that the Super Committee failed when it couldn't come to a compromise on how to cut the federal budget by $1.5 trillion.

But the truth is that the American people won.

And now, we must keep on winning.

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Making Some Noise To Protect The Future Of The 99%

(107) Comments | Posted November 22, 2011 | 12:52 PM

If you wanted one word to sum up this year, it's "noisy." From Tahrir Square to Zuccotti Park, people who have gotten tired of the old politics have started grabbing the microphone away from the authorities and speaking themselves. And not just speaking; chanting, drumming, singing-conjuring up a new future.

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Historic: Hundreds of Teach-In's Across U.S.A. on "How 1% Crashed Economy"

(21) Comments | Posted November 10, 2011 | 12:10 PM

Yesterday evening, something historic happened in the homes, campuses, and community centers of America. From Biloxi, Mississippi to Monrovia, California, more than 4,000 people attended 375 teach-ins -- all volunteer-driven -- to learn "How the 1% Crashed the Economy, and What We Can Do About It."

The Occupy Wall...

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Time to Occupy Voting?: Progressive Upsurge Faces Tough Test in Ohio

(144) Comments | Posted November 7, 2011 | 9:32 AM

In the first major election since Occupy Wall Street swept the nation, Ohioans have a chance on Tuesday to repeal draconian restrictions on labor rights. A victory for the "No on 2" forces would mark the first sign that the new upsurge in progressive energy is capable of...

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Stunning Number: Big Banks Set to Lose 70,000 Accounts on Move Your Money Day

(952) Comments | Posted November 4, 2011 | 2:18 PM

Just this week, Rebuild the Dream (an organization that I helped to found) launched a Move Your Money website, where people are pledging to close their accounts at Wall Street banks in protest of their outrageous behavior before, during, and after our nation's financial crash. I am stunned...

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Tax the One Percent -- Make Wall Street Fund America

(574) Comments | Posted November 2, 2011 | 10:44 AM

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,...

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It's Time for the Solutions: Hundreds of Thousands Support Big Plan to Fix Economy

(298) Comments | Posted October 31, 2011 | 1:33 PM

America and the world owe a great debt to Occupy Wall Street for making the problem of economic inequality impossible to ignore. The tiny spark that began in Zuccotti Park just six weeks ago has triggered a major shift in the national dialogue on inequality, our economy and our democracy....

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All Eyes on Occupy Oakland: Too Big to Fail, Too Big to Jail

(1556) Comments | Posted October 26, 2011 | 7:44 PM

"If #occupyoakland was in Damascus, U.S. State department would be telling Wolf Blitzer how unacceptable it was to teargas peaceful marchers." @techsoc

As two activists who have called Oakland home, we are appalled at the events of our city in the last 36 hours. Last night...

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