28 Facts About Van Jones

1. In 2016, Van Jones launched "The Messy Truth", a news feature documentary series and subsequent studio discussion series, The Messy Truth with Van Jones, which aired in 2017 on CNN.

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2. Van Jones was a keynote speaker at the youth conference Power Shift 2009 and 2011 in Washington, DC.

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3. Van Jones served as a Senior Fellow with the Center for American Progress and a Fellow at the Institute of Noetic Sciences.

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4. Van Jones currently serves on the board of trustees at Demos.

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5. Van Jones claimed 127,000 people had become involved in the movement by the end of July 2011.

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6. Van Jones is President of The Dream Corps, a "social enterprise and incubator for powerful ideas and innovations designed to uplift and empower the most vulnerable in our society.

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7. In 2016, Van Jones launched "The Messy Truth", a news feature documentary series and subsequent studio discussion series, The Messy Truth with Van Jones, which aired in 2017 on CNN.

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8. Van Jones has contributed to segments on a wide range of topics, including Obama administration policies, Supreme Court decisions, protests in Ferguson, Missouri after the fatal shooting by police of an unarmed young black man, and the 2016 Republican presidential primary.

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9. Van Jones continued after the end of Crossfire as a regular CNN contributor.

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10. In June 2011 Van Jones launched an advocacy project called Rebuild The Dream.

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11. In 2010 Van Jones received appointments at Princeton University, as a distinguished visiting fellow in both the Center for African American Studies and in the Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

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12. Van Jones led their Green Opportunity Initiative "to develop a clearly articulated agenda for expanding investment, innovation, and opportunity through clean energy and environmental restoration".

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13. In February 2010, Van Jones became a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress.

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14. Van Jones used strong language to refer to Congressional Republican lawmakers, and himself, when conveying that Democrats need to step up the fight.

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15. In July 2009 Color of Change, which Van Jones had founded but left, launched a campaign urging advertisers on Beck's Fox News show to pull their ads, in protest of Beck's saying that President Obama had a "deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture".

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16. Van Jones had a limited publicity budget and no national media platform.

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17. Van Jones published his first book, The Green Collar Economy, in 2008.

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18. In September 2007, Van Jones attended the Clinton Global Initiative and announced his plans to launch Green for All, a new national NGO dedicated to creating green pathways out of poverty in America.

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19. Van Jones worked to establish the nation's first "Green Jobs Corps" in Oakland.

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20. Van Jones operated out of "a closet-like office" within the space of Eva Paterson, Executive Director of the Lawyers' Committee, and used his personal computer.

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21. In 1995, Van Jones initiated their project of Bay Area PoliceWatch, the region's only bar-certified hotline and lawyer-referral service for victims of police abuse.

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22. Van Jones was affiliated with the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, which had brought him to the city as a legal observer in 1992.

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23. Van Jones became affiliated with many radical left activists, for a brief time joining a "socialist collective" called Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement.

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24. Van Jones adopted the nickname "Van" when he was 17 and working at the Jackson Sun.

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25. Van Jones was educated at Jackson Central-Merry High School, a public high school in his hometown; he graduated in 1986.

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26. Van Jones pinned photographs of the Kennedy brothers to a bulletin board in his room in the specially delineated "Kennedy Section".

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27. Van Jones is president of the Dream Corps and is among activists featured in 13th, a 2016 documentary directed by Ava DuVernay about the US justice system and factors that have resulted in the over-incarceration of minorities and the highest incarceration rate in the world.

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28. Van Jones served as President Barack Obama's Special Advisor for Green Jobs, as a distinguished visiting fellow at Princeton University, and as a co-host of CNN's political debate show Crossfire.

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