Saturday, September 5, 2009

Van Jones; The Red Guard

President Obama's Green Jobs Czar, Anthony Van Jones, who became embroiled in a controversy over past inflammatory statements, has resigned.

Among one of Van Jones' more controversial statements:

"The white polluters and the white environmentalists are essentially steering poison into the people of color communities."

It had also been reported that Van Jones signed a "9/11 Truth" petition in 2004. The petition called "for immediate public attention to unanswered questions that suggest that people within the [Bush] administration may indeed have deliberately allowed 9/11 to happen, perhaps as a pretext for war."

Van Jones is the founder of both the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and Green For All.

Various bloggers had also recently noted that the Ella Baker Center had sponsored the release of a radical left-wing album in 2004 which was hosted by Mumia Abu Jamal, a Black Panther Party activist who was charged with murdering a Philadelphia police officer in 1981. Van Jones, whose advocacy on behalf of the vile and nefarious cop-killer has already been well-documented, was also featured on the album.

It should also be pointed out that the two individuals who co-founded the music company that released the album are Mr. Ying-Sun Ho and Mr. Jakada Imani.

Mr. Ho was previously a staff member at the Ella Baker Center and recently joined the 'Green for All' staff.

Mr. Imani is currently the Executive Director of the Ella Baker Center.

The East Bay Express wrote about the two in April of 2003:

"Imani and Ho sprinkle their explanations with plenty of 'isms' and neo-Marxist analysis, which is not surprising for two cats who also make up a rap group called the Red Guard. When asked if they are outright Maoists, the friends exchange quick glances and give a firm denial. "But we are explicitly aligning ourselves with third-world revolutionary movements," Imani offers. "The original Red Guard grew out of a sort of Chinese Black Panthers, so for us it's about leading a movement of change."

'A movement of change', hmmm....

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