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Glenn Beck attacks Green For All/ColorOfChange founder Van Jones

The LA Times is reporting, Glenn Beck goes after Color of Change co-founder Van Jones

Glenn Beck used his popular Fox News show this afternoon to attack the background of Van Jones, a White House environmental advisor who co-founded an African American political advocacy group that organized an advertising boycott of his program.

During his 2 p.m. PDT show, Beck did not address the boycott spearheaded by Color of Change to protest the talk show host’s remark last month that he believes President Obama is “a racist.”

Instead, he spent a large share of his program suggesting that Jones, who co-founded Color of Change in 2005, is a radical. Jones now serves as a special advisor for Green Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation at the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

During a six-minute biographical profile, set to ominous music, Beck said Jones was twice arrested for political protests and has described himself as a “rowdy black nationalist.” The talk show host cast the piece as part of a broader examination of Obama’s “czars,” special advisers to the president who “don’t answer to anybody.”

“Why is it that such a committed revolutionary has made it so high into the Obama administration as one of his chief advisers?” Beck asked.

Christine Glunz, a spokeswoman for the White House Council on Environmental Quality, noted that Jones has been lauded as an environmental hero and said his entire focus is on “building clean energy incentives which create 21st-century jobs.”

“Glenn Beck is trying to change the subject,” said James Rucker, executive director of Color of Change, who noted that Jones has not been active with the group in almost two years. “The issue is his baseless fear mongering.”

Van Jones, author of NY Times Bestseller The Green Collar Economy How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems is a long time civil rights and environmental activist and was the founder of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights in Oakland CA.

The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights is a strategy and action center working for justice, opportunity and peace in urban America. Based in Oakland, California, we promote positive alternatives to violence and incarceration through our four cutting-edge campaigns.

Ella Baker, for those of you not familiar with her, is one of my Sheroes.

The granddaughter of a slave who was beaten for refusing to marry a man her master chose for her, Ella Baker spent her life working behind the scenes to organize the Civil Rights Movement. If she could have changed anything about the movement, it might have been to persuade the men leading it that they, too, should do more work behind the scenes. Baker was a staunch believer in helping ordinary people to work together and lead themselves, and she objected to centralized authority. In her worldview, “strong people don’t need strong leaders.”

I have lived my life to her battle cry “We Who Believe in Freedom Cannot Rest” immortalized in song by Sweet Honey in the Rock. She was a mentor to many of us youngsters in the movement, always there encouraging and supporting us, when others advised us to go slow.

Kudos to Van Jones for continuing her legacy.

Glenn Beck obviously doesn’t think black folks, or poor folks should have a role in the green revolution.

He believes only in the acrid green bile he spews of hatred, and the green of fat cat dollars that fund his campaign of venom.

Those of us who are proud of the work of Green For All see things differently.

Green For All is a national organization working to build an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty.

Our Mission

Green For All is dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans through a clean energy economy.  We work in collaboration with the business, government, labor, and grassroots communities to create and implement programs that increase quality jobs and opportunities in green industry – all while holding the most vulnerable people at the center of our agenda.

Why America Needs a Clean Energy Economy

A clean energy economy will move America past some of our most pressing challenges.  By making us energy independent, it will improve our national and economic security.  By radically reducing pollution, it will improve the health of our families and neighborhoods, as well as repair our deteriorating atmosphere.  And by creating millions of quality jobs and careers, it will pull America out of the current recession, better protect us from future economic turmoil, and save lives here and abroad.

More than that, building a clean energy economy is a chance to reinvigorate and reinvest in the best part of the American dream: the idea that everyone gets a chance to succeed and be happy.  By ensuring that every community has equal access to the opportunity of the new economy, we can lift millions of people out of poverty.

Last year, Van Jones spoke at Netroots Nation.

Van Jones at Netroots Nation 2008

Van Jones has neither hidden nor eschewed  his history of organizing and activism.  

Born in 1968 in rural West Tennessee. He graduated from Jackson Central-Merry High School in Jackson, Tennessee, in 1986. After earning his B.A. from the University of Tennessee at Martin, Jones left his home state to attend Yale Law School. In 1993, Jones earned his J.D. and moved to San Francisco.In 1995, Jones started Bay Area PoliceWatch, the region’s only bar-certified hotline and lawyer-referral service for victims and survivors of police abuse. PoliceWatch began as a project of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, but by 1996 had grown big enough to seed a new umbrella NGO, the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights.

From 1996-1997, Jones and PoliceWatch led a successful campaign to get officer Marc Andaya fired from the San Francisco Police Department. Andaya was the lead officer responsible for the in-custody death of Aaron Williams, an unarmed black man. In 1999 and 2000, Jones was a major leader in the failed campaign to defeat Proposition 21, which sparked a vibrant youth and student movement that made national headlines. In 2001, Jones and Ella Baker Center launched the Books Not Bars campaign. From 2001-2003, Jones and Books Not Bars
led a successful campaign to block the construction of a proposed “Super-Jail for Youth” in Oakland’s Alameda County. Books Not Bars later went on to launch a statewide campaign to transform California’s juvenile justice system. That campaign is still winning major reforms.

I applaud President Obama for his appointment.  I applaud Van Jones for his commitment to social, economic and environmental justice. He is part of Ella Baker’s legacy.  

Read some of the vile comments attached to the LA Times Article. The haters are out in force.  Let him know we got his back.

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Cross-posted at Daily Kos


  1. HappyinVT

    I am surprised that Beck didn’t manage to get ACORN included in his rant.

    He did manage to tie the “radical” to the White House which obviously means Obama is a radical.  I read somewhere that Jones is no longer active (while he’s with the administration, perhaps) in ColorOfChange.  If true, I’m sure Beck neglected that little fact, too.  As he ignores most facts.

  2. Today, I received this email from Color of Change. I guess that’s who was running the petition I signed, although I didn’t know it at the time, mainly because I didn’t really care who was sponsoring it. I thought I’d post the whole thing here. It’s definitely on-topic.

    Dear John,

    Glenn Beck is finally paying for his race-baiting and fear-mongering, and we’ve got Fox News on the ropes.

    It’s all because of you and more than 165,000 other ColorOfChange members who connected the dots for Glenn Beck’s advertisers and called on them to stop supporting his show. Thirty-six companies–many of them major household names–have now pulled their ads and otherwise made sure that their ads won’t run on Beck’s show.

    The New York Times called the campaign “unusually successful,” given the history of such efforts in the past.1 And stories about the campaign have run on MSNBC2, The Colbert Report3, National Public Radio (NPR)4, and major newspapers/sites5,6 and blogs7,8, including a piece over the weekend by the Associated Press (AP)9–all of which puts more pressure on advertisers.

    First, we want to say thank you and let you know about what’s been happening (read more below). We could also use your help. We brought on additional staff for the campaign in order to drive as many advertisers away as possible. We need to keep them in order to maximize the number of advertisers that drop Beck and to make sure none come back — and it will cost $20,000 over the coming months to do so.

    Anything you can provide will help us get there–whether $10, $20, $50, or more. Just click on the link below to make a contribution and help move the campaign forward:


    “Unusually successful”

    There hasn’t been an exodus of advertisers in response to an organized effort like this in decades. Here are the companies that have stopped their ads from running on Beck: AT&T, Airware Inc. (maker of Brez anti-snoring aids), Allergan (maker of Restasis), Ally Bank (unit of GMAC Financial Services),, Best Buy, Blaine Labs Inc. (maker of Dr. Blaine’s brand skin treatment products), Broadview Security (Brink’s Home Security), CVS, Campbell Soup Company, Clorox, ConAgra (maker of Healthy Choice brand foods), Ditech, The Elations Company (maker of Elations nutritional supplement), Experian (, Farmers Insurance Group, GEICO, Johnson & Johnson,, Lowe’s, Men’s Wearhouse, NutriSystem, Procter & Gamble, Progressive Insurance, RadioShack, Re-Bath, Roche (make of Boniva), SC Johnson (makers of Ziploc, Off!, Pledge, and other products), Sanofi-Aventis (maker of Ambien), Sargento Cheese, Sprint, State Farm Insurance, Travelocity, The UPS Sto re, Verizon Wireless, and Wal-Mart.

    Demanding accountability

    After we emailed you a few weeks back, our staff began contacting advertisers to convey your concerns and to ask them to stop supporting Beck. Most advertisers decided to do the right thing after hearing about what Beck is doing, and that so many people are concerned about it. Some needed evidence of the level of outrage, so we flooded them with your comments. Others needed a picture of what it would look like for their company’s name and brand to be publicly associated with Beck’s rhetoric, so we showed them that too.

    Then there were those that refused to answer our calls or respond to our emails. Red Lobster, Vonage, Clorox, Lowe’s, and Experian fell into that category, and we asked some of our members to give them a call.

    By the end of last week, ColorOfChange members made more than 2,800 calls to those five companies, and in just two days, three out of the five–Experian, Clorox, and Lowe’s–pulled their ads. We’re still waiting to hear if Red Lobster or Vonage have changed their minds, and we’ll follow up with them this week.

    Building on our success

    This campaign has already been far more successful than many people expected–but we won’t stop here. Our staff is going to continue reaching out to Beck’s remaining advertisers to make sure they understand the growing number of people asking that their ad dollars stop supporting hate.

    And it’s not just about stopping Glenn Beck’s divisive rhetoric–it’s about drawing a line in the sand with FOX and anyone else that thinks it’s fine to peddle hateful propaganda under the banner of “news.”

    Moving forward

    We are dedicated to moving this effort forward, and we’ll be calling on you to help–whether it’s making focused calls to other advertisers, signing another petition, or taking some other action that will help expose what Beck represents and marginalize his voice.

    Today, though, financial support is what we need most. A contribution from you–whether $5, $10, $20, or more–will help us maintain the staff we’ve brought on to help with this effort. We know that for some folks it’s a hard time to give, but if there’s any possibility you can make a donation, please do so. This is a time we can really use your support, and it will help us keep the pressure on. Click here to donate:


    Again, thanks for what you’ve done so far. Your effort is what’s made this possible. And it’s definitely making a difference.

    Thanks and Peace,

    — James, Gabriel, William, Dani and the rest of the team

      August 25th, 2009


    1. “Host Loses Some Sponsors After an Obama Remark,” The New York Times, 08-13-09

    2. “Geico pulls ads from Glenn Beck show,” Countdown with Keith Olbermann, 08-12-09

    3. “Glenn-Harried Glenn-Lost,” The Colbert Report, 08-13-09

    4. “Color Me Offended,” National Public Radio, 08-21-09

    5. “Advertisers deserting Fox News’ Glenn Beck,” MarketWatch, 08-14-09

    6. “Is Glenn Beck too right wing even for Fox News?” The Independent (UK), 08-19-09

    7. “Walmart, CVS, Best Buy, GMAC Among 8 Major Companies To Pull Ads From Glenn Beck Show,” Huffington Post, 08-17-09

    8. “Wal-Mart, CVS, Best Buy ditch Glenn Beck (plus 5 more companies),” James Rucker for Jack and Jill Politics, 08-17-09

    9. “Attack on Obama riles Beck’s advertisers,” Associated Press, 08-23-09

    Additional resources:

    “Schott’s Vocab: Beckxodus,” New York Times, 8-20-09

    “More Advertisers Pull Ads From Glenn Beck’s Fox News Show,” Broadcasting & Cable, 08-13-09

    “Fox Runs House Ads to Fill Empty Slots in Glenn Beck Boycott,” BNET Today, 08-18-09

    “P&G Didn’t Buy Time in Glenn Beck’s Show, So How Did Its Ads End Up There?” Advertising Age, 08-13-09

    American Morning, 07-31-09

    Morning Joe, 08-14-09

  3. hootie4170

    Van Jones

    2009 – New York Times Bestselling Author for The Green Collar Economy

    2009 – Time 100 Most Influential People, Time Magazine

    2009 – selected as one of the Ebony Power 150

    2009 – the Hubert H. Humphrey Civil Rights Award, presented to those who best exemplify selfless and devoted service in the cause of equality.

    2009 – “Rolling Stone 100: Agents of Change” (#89); Rolling Stone Magazine[21]

    2009 – Eco-Entrepreneur Award, Institute for Entrepreneurship, Leadership & Innovation; Howard University

    2009 – Individual Thought Leadership, Energy & Environment Awards; Aspen Institute[22]

    2008 – Time Magazine Environmental Hero

    2008 – designation as one of Essence Magazine’s 25 most influential/inspiring African-Americans

    2008 – Elle Magazine Green Award

    2008 – One of the George Lucas Foundation’s “Daring Dozen”

    2008 – Hunt Prime Mover Award

    2008 – Campaign for America’s Future “Paul Wellstone Award”;

    2008 – Global Green USA “Community Environmental Leadership” Award

    2008 – designation as one of the nation’s “Plenty 20” in the October/November 2008 edition of Plenty Magazine

    2008 – San Francisco Foundation Community Leadership Award

    2008 – One of Fast Company’s “12 Most Creative Minds”

    2008 – Puffin/Nation prize for “Creative Citizenship”

    2008 – World Economic Forum “Young Global Leader”

    2000 – International Ashoka Fellowship

  4. sricki

    “Today we begin highlighting one of these czars…”

    Yes, let’s start with THAT one because he’s… **gasp** dark!!! Dun-dun-DUN!

    Why does blatant racism still get ratings like this in 2009?

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