Over the weekend, like many other Bay folks and folks around the world who’ve heard of the name Van Jones, I was outraged at his forced resignation from the Obama Administration. In March of this year, Van was appointed Special Advisor for Green Jobs at the Council on Environmental Quality. After a smear job by right wing republican douchebag Glenn Beck (why does he even have a show??) and the rest of his Fox News cronies, Van released this statement…
“On the eve of historic fights for health care and clean energy, opponents of reform have mounted a vicious smear campaign against me. They are using lies and distortions to distract and divide. I have been inundated with calls – from across the political spectrum — urging me to ‘stay and fight.’ But I came here to fight for others, not for myself. I cannot in good conscience ask my colleagues to expend precious time and energy defending or explaining my past. We need all hands on deck, fighting for the future.”
For those who don’t know who Van Jones is, google him, you’ll be amazed, inspired, and hopeful. Our folks were making their way into powerful positions to change the policies that have hindered and demoralized us for years. Our allies were about to make this government into a real vehicle for social change. The work and dreams of placing our folks in these positions was becoming a reality. But then, we wake up and the Glenn Becks of the world, like the cancer that they are, puts an end to it.
It wasn’t until I read this article by Arianna Huffington that I found solace in what was another F’ed up move by repubes to marginalize the voices of the poor and underserved in institutional settings.
So with the hope that there will be a twist of irony, in that the name Van Jones will become embedded in the minds of all across the country and world, he will leverage his notoriety and continue to affect change on the outside.