Van Jones

  • Co-founder, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Color of Change & Green For All

Van Jones is a human rights and civil rights activist. He co-founded and is the executive director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, an organization promoting alternatives to violence and incarceration. A strong advocate for national... More

Van Jones is a human rights and civil rights activist. He co-founded and is the executive director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, an organization promoting alternatives to violence and incarceration. A strong advocate for national environmental issues, Van has also served on the boards of several national and global environmental organizations. A graduate of Yale Law School, Van has received a number of human rights honors, including the Rockefeller Foundation Next Generation Leadership Fellowship. Van believes people need to engage others with the issues they find important: “One thing I’ve been saying a lot lately is that Dr. King didn’t get famous with a speech called ‘I Have a Complaint.’ At some point, we have to say what we're for.”

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Poptech 2007 October 2007

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A green revolution: Activist Van Jones is tackling two of our biggest problems—urban poverty and environmental peril—with a fresh, dynamic plan. His vision for providing America’s poor with “green jobs instead of jails” touts a Green Revolution that includes everyone.

A green revolution: Activist Van Jones is tackling two of our biggest problems—urban poverty and environmental peril—with a fresh, dynamic plan. His vision for providing America’s poor with “green jobs instead of jails” touts a Green Revolution that includes everyone.

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