|Born|| September 20, 1968 |
Anthony Kapel "Van" Jones (born September 20, 1968) is a self-proclaimed radical communist activist who was appointed by Barack Obama to serve as the Obama administration's "Green Czar". He announced his resignation at midnight, September 6, 2009 after a series of controversies over past inflammatory statements.
Although Van Jones is a communist, which is predominantly atheistic (see: Atheism and communism), he says he is a "person of faith" and became very upset in an interview when the topic of open atheists having difficulty in American politics was repeatedly brought up. The African-American community has extremely negative views concerning atheism and ostracizes atheists.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Self described communist
- 3 Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement
- 4 Cop Watch and Ella Baker Center
- 5 Apollo Alliance
- 6 Role in the Rodney King riots
- 7 Eco-apartheid
- 8 Later career
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
As a child, Jones considered himself "bookish and bizarre". When he went to University of Tennessee at Martin on his first day, he decided to change his name to "Van", because "it has a little touch of nobility, but at the same time it’s not overboard."
Self described communist
Van Jones openly described himself as a communist in an in-depth review for the radical publication East Bay Express:
But in jail, he said, "I met all these young radical people of color -- I mean really radical, communists and anarchists. And it was, like, 'This is what I need to be a part of.'" Although he already had a plane ticket, he decided to stay in San Francisco. "I spent the next ten years of my life working with a lot of those people I met in jail, trying to be a revolutionary." In the months that followed, he let go of any lingering thoughts that he might fit in with the status quo. "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."
Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement
Roots predate Jones claim when he became a communist
Jones was a founding organizer and leader of the communist revolutionary organization, Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement (STORM). The organization had its roots in a group protesting "U.S. Imperialism" during the Persian Gulf War of 1991. The leftist blog Machete 48 identifies STORM's influences as "third-worldist Marxism (and an often vulgar Maoism)."
STORM's own literature describes its "Maoist orientation" which conducted "a group reading of Mao's On Practice and On Contradiction." The group studied Lenin's theories of the state, revolution, the party, and "the political ideas of Mao Tse-tung." STORM's own history further states, "We also pushed at or went beyond the limits of the traditional Marxist canon, studying such topics as revolutionary feminism, the Palestinian liberation struggle, transgender liberation, methods of evaluation, self-care for cadre and revolutionary mass [community] organizing." STORM was extensively involved in the community organizing movement.
Affiliation with left-wing hate groups
In the early 2000s, Jones and STORM were co-sponsors of the anti-Iraq War demonstrations organized by International ANSWER, a left wing anti-Semitic front group for the Marxist-Leninist Workers World Party (WWP).
Did STORM think it was the Vanguard?
- Main article : Revolutionary vanguard
In Reclaiming Revolution, STORM editors discussed their self-critical evaluation of accusations other groups made  that STORM considered itself the revolutionary vanguard of Marxism. They write,
|“||We did not understand clearly enough the distinction between cadre organization, revolutionary parties, revolutionary organization and vanguard organization.||”|
STORM repented of this grievous Marxist error as a "lesson learned,"
|“||We were a cadre organization that was working to build revolutionary mass organizations and to lay the groundwork for a future revolutionary party (or parties) by building a broad revolutionary internationalist trend.||”|
STORM's error was not being clear to members that they were an "advance guard" organization, and not a "vanguard organization."
On the night after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks STORM held a vigil in Oakland, California, "mourning the victims of U.S. imperialism around the world." In a document entitled, Reclaiming Revolution: history, summation & lessons from the work of Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement, Jones is quoted as saying,
|“||Anti-Arab hostility is already reaching a fever pitch as pundits and common people alike rush to judgment that an Arab group is responsible for this tragedy...We fear that an atmosphere is being created that will result in official and street violence against Arab men, women and children.||”|
|“||That night, STORM and the other movement leaders expressed sadness and anger at the deaths of innocent working class people. We were angry, first and foremost, with the U.S. government, whose worldwide aggression had engendered such hate across the globe that working class people were not safe at home. We honored those who had lost their lives in the attack -- and those who would surely lose their lives in subsequent U.S. attacks overseas.||”|
- Main article: Truthers
Cop Watch and Ella Baker Center
In 2004, Jones became a founding board member of the Apollo Alliance for "clean energy and green-collar jobs."  p.87 Jeff Jones of the Weather Underground is the New York State director of Apollo Alliance.
Role in the Rodney King riots
On April 29, 1992, more than a year after the founding of STORM, members of the Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP) looted and trashed the downtown and government districts of Los Angeles, triggering the infamous Rodney King riots. The RCP is known as the premier Maoist party in the United States. During the days immediately preceding the violence, RCP, which maintained close ties to the L.A. gangs known as the Crips and the Bloods, circulated throughout South Central Los Angeles a leaflet featuring a statement by RCP National Spokesman Carl Dix, titled It's Right To Rebel, a quote popularized by Mao Zedong. Encouraged by Dix, RCP activists helped lead the riots that would leave 58 people dead and more than 2,300 people injured.
While studying law at Yale, Van Jones traveled to San Francisco in the spring of 1992 when the leftist Lawyers Committee for Human Rights hired several organizers to be on hand for the trial of policemen charged with the beating of Rodney King. Jones was arrested in the aftermath of the riots. While in jail Jones is said to have experienced a jailhouse conversion to communism although the record shows Jones founded STORM a year earlier as a communist organization. The truthout.org site gave this cover story:
|“||I met all these young radical people of color - I mean really radical, communists and anarchists. And it was, like, 'This is what I need to be a part of.'...I spent the next ten years of my life working with a lot of those people I met in jail, trying to be a revolutionary.... I was a rowdy nationalist on April 28th, and then the verdicts came down on April 29th. By August, I was a communist.||”|
Like other associates of Barack Obama, Bernardine Dohrn for example, Van Jones is a lawyer, avowed communist, associated with communist front organizations, and arrested in the aftermath of a deadly riot.
|“||I'm willing to forgo the cheap satisfaction of the radical pose for the deep satisfaction of radical ends....Our question is: Will the green wave lift all boats? That's the moral challenge to the people who are the architects of this new, ecologically sound economy. Will we have eco-equity, or will we have eco-apartheid? Right now we have eco-apartheid.||”|
- Ward Churchill
- Communist Party of the United States
- Prairie Fire Organizing Committee
- National Lawyers Guild
- Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
- Bernie Sanders
- S.E. Cupp
- How Van Jones Became a Star of the 2016 Campaign, The New York Times
- Will a 'red' help blacks go green?, White House appoints 'radical communist' who sees environment as racial issue, WorldNetDaily.com, April 12, 2009.
- What's The Matter With Van Jones?, video
- Confessions of a black atheist, CNN
- Black Atheists Say Non-Belief Means Cultural Outsider, NPR, May 28, 201012:00 PM ET
- Obama's 'green jobs czar' worked with terror founder Van Jones served on board of activist group where Weatherman co-founder Jeff Jones serves as top director, By Aaron Klein, WorldNetDaily, August 13, 2009.
- Rebuild the Dream
- Greening the Ghetto, The New Yorker
- The “True Identity” Of Van Jones, Accuracy in Media
- The New Face of Environmentalism
- Revolutionaries in High Places- Van Jones, by adamfreedom March 23, 2009.
- Obama File 72 Obama Appoints "Former" Communist To White House "Green Job", Trevor Louden, April 06, 2009.
- Machete 48
- Reclaiming Revolution: history, summation & lessons from the work of Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement (STORM), Spring 2004, p. 23 pdf.
- Ibid, p. 25 pdf.
- Ibid, p.15 pdf.
- Ibid, p. 25 pdf.
- Ibid, pp. 8, 10, 15 pdf.
- ANSWER, Antiwar Rallies and Support for Terror Organizations, Anti-Defamation League, August 22, 2006
- Reclaiming Revolution, p. 10.
- Reclaiming Revolution, p. 40.
- Ibid. Also p. 42.
- Ibid, p. 33.
- Van Jones and His STORMtroopers Denounced America the Night After 9/11, By Matthew Vadum, AmSpecBlog, 8.29.09.
- Community members celebrate The Ella Baker Center’s 20th anniversary
- Our Victories, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
- Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP). Retrieved from dicoverthenetworks.org, March 8, 2010. In 1962 a group of Maoist radicals split with the Soviet spnosored CPUSA and formed the Progressive Labor Movement (PLM). By 1966, the PLM renamed itself the Progressive Labor Party (PLP) and joined forces with the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). PLP tried unsuccessfully to take over SDS's National Office, thereby pushing SDS even further to the left toward hard-line Maoism. Opposition to PLP tactics led to the formation of another Maoist faction, the Revolutionary Youth Movement (RYM). The RYM eventually split into two factions, one the notorious terrorist group Weatherman; the other spawning a 1969 splinter group called the Bay Area Revolutionary Union (RU), co-founded by H. Bruce Franklin, Robert Avakian, and Charles Hamilton, which became the Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP) in 1974.
- 12 Years After the Riots, Rodney King Gets Along, J. Emilio Flores, The New York Times, September 19, 2004.
- Eliza Strickland, The New Face of Environmentalism, November 2005.
- Van Jones, CNN