Van Jones Is Back With New Lefty Group
Former 'green energy' czar has founded progressive movement
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 26, 2011 2:01 PM CST
Van Jones addresses protesters at a rally in support of Wisconsin workers fighting the Republican governor's plan to bust public workers' unions in Washington on February 26, 2011.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Once vilified as a 9/11 conspiracy theorist who called Republicans "***holes," Van Jones is back with a new grass-roots movement, Politico reports. Ousted from his White House post as "green energy" czar 2 years ago, Jones has helped found the American Dream Movement, a coalition of hundreds of progressive organizations that are uniting to oppose conservative economic and social policies. Jones' inspiration? The "open-source brand" of the Tea Party, he says.

He also says "progressives were too quick to go from hopey to mopey" over the past 2 years. "They skipped right to the middle." Now he's riding a wave of progressive protest driven by the Occupy movement and liberals frustrated with Obama's policies. Jones' September summit, "Take Back the American Dream," drew a few thousand people, and some of them recently gathered for a jobs protest on Capitol Hill. Naturally, Republicans are taking aim again: It's "the same Marxist foolishness that he’s been preaching," says one GOP spokesman. "He’s on the wrong side of history here.”

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Nov 27, 2011 7:29 AM CST
Van Jones is not affiliated with any decent person's dreams. He is an American Bowel Movement.
Nov 27, 2011 1:28 AM CST
Time for Glenn Beck to out him again
Nov 27, 2011 12:53 AM CST
Why are the Democrats selling the American working class down the shitter? First with Clinton's NAFTA north American unfair trade agreement, and the WTA world trade agreement, we have sent over 6,000,000 real jobs out of this country. Also, why do Libs keep trying to reverse the truth? Obama's answer to our 20 million citizens out-of-work: 300,000 work permits for illegal aliens, and trying to attract even more job-stealing illegals here with amnesty, "free" healthcare and college at taxpayer expense.