Van Jones is the latest Obama Czar appointment with radical roots and a checkered past. He was radicalized in prison, after being arrested during the Rodney King riots in San Francisco.

He is the founder of The Ella Baker Center, as well as a co-founder of STORM (Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement), a “multi-racial activist collective with Marxist influences”, with which Jones was involved.

In an article printed by the East Bay Express (now scrubbed but can be found here ), Jones opined…


“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 by August, I was a communist.”

“There is a green wave coming, with renewable energy, organic agriculture, cleaner production,” he said in an interview. “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. Look at Marin; they’ve got solar this, and bio this, and organic the other, and fifteen minutes away by car, you’re in Oakland with cancer clusters, asthma, and pollution.”

“Before, we would fight anybody, any time,” he said. “No concession was good enough; we never said ‘Thank you.’ Now, I put the issues and constituencies first. I’ll work with anybody, I’ll fight anybody if it will push our issues forward. … I’m willing to forgo the cheap satisfaction of the radical pose for the deep satisfaction of radical ends.”

As many of the progressives have done, Jones has attached himself to the so called “Green Movement”, which is actually just a tool for radicals like Jones to use in an effort to further their social and political agendas.

It should come as no surprise to those who are paying attention, that Obama would appoint a “Green Czar” who is schooled in the precepts of Alinski’s “Rules for Radicals“. He is just another in a long line of appointments with “dubious credentials and troubling backgrounds”.