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Monday, September 7, 2009

Progressives Cry Regarding Resignation of Van Jones

SF GATE: "The administration is losing not only one of the nation's leading environmentalists, progressives say, but one of the few liberal voices with President Obama's ear.

Jones resigned amid a furor over his signature on a 2004 petition questioning the government's actions around the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Supporters say the administration surely knew his background when they appointed Jones, the first African American to write a best-selling environmental book, as special adviser for green jobs at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. In fact, agents interviewed at least one of his former supervisors in San Francisco - Eva Paterson - when the FBI vetted his appointment.

This year, Time magazine named Jones one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Former Vice President Al Gore is a fan, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said his best-selling book, 'Green Collar,' showcased his 'sparkling intelligence, powerful vision and deep empathy.'
Little backing

But few stepped up to protect Jones during the past few weeks.

'He was swift-boated,' said Medea Benjamin, a co-founder of the anti-war group Code Pink and a San Franciscan who has known Jones for 15 years. She spoke to him recently and said he was 'very conflicted' about whether to resign. read more


The urge to save humanity is always a false front for the urge to rule it. H. L. Mencken

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