Van Jones And San Quentin – A Match Made In Heaven

Three days before Van Jones started his job at the White House, Van Jones was speaking to a group of 150 inmates at San Quentin.

According to the San Quentin News.

Jones said, this was one of his last public appearances where he could give his unvarnished personal views. “Today I can say what I want to say, what is important to me and what is in my heart,” Jones said, explaining that beginning at 9 a.m. the next Monday all his remarks would be prefaced by, “the President says.”

Mr. Jones did not disappoint as he went on to describe his attitude on the wisdom of the ‘tribe’ and the evil of the ‘colonizers’  who “put a price tag on everything“ and treated the indigenous people as savages. Way to bring the Country together Jones.

Jones said there are no throw away children, people, communities or nations. “We need genius. We need entrepreneurial brilliance, people who can re-imagine possibilities -we need you,” Jones said to the San Quentin inmates assembled in the Protestant Chapel. “Some of the wisdom and genius we need is not going to be found on Wall Street, it’s going to be found in this room.”

This was not his first visit to Quentin and this language will not surprise those who know Jones. He held a benefit for the San Quentin Families Project in 2005 and the overview of his keynote speech was;

Van Jones,  reknowned Human Rights leader for prison reform will be giving a keynote address about the over-incarceration in California’s billion dollar prison industry, and the over-incarceration of marginalized peoples.

This was during his time at Ella Baker Center and his bio for the benefit was as follows;

Van Jones is the founding director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights (  The Ella Baker Center seeks to replace the U.S Incarceration industry with youth opportunities and community-based solutions.  In 2002, the center’s “Books not Bars” campaign helped stop the construction of a costly and controversial 
“Super-Jail” for Oakland’s youth.  Presently, the center is working to close all of California’s scandal-plagued youth prisons and replace them with regional rehabilitation centers. Van, a  spiritual activist, is a passionate advocate for the environment and for responsible business.  By investing in “Green Jobs, Not Jails,” we can ensure that the “Green Wave” lifts up everybody.

After spending as much time as Jones has spent in prison, you’d think that he’d realize that it was their “entrepreneurial brilliance” that sent most of them to prison. Is this the Civilian Security Force that Obama was talking about?

The recents comments that have come to light from Van Jones remind me of another group of radicals. 

Practiced militant self-defense of minority communities against the U.S. government, and fought to establish revolutionary socialism through mass organizing and community based programs. The party was one of the first organizations in U.S. history to militantly struggle for ethnic minority and working class emancipation — a party whose agenda was the revolutionary establishment of real economic, social, and political equality across gender and color lines.

The Black Panthers……………..or did you think it was the Unions?




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