Search OCA:
Get Local!

Find Local News, Events & Green Businesses on OCA's State Pages:

OCA News Sections

Organic Consumers Association

Van Jones At Power Shift 2011: 'While They're Stuck On Stupid In DC, Your Generation Is Rising'

For related articles and more information, please visit OCA's Politics and Democracy page, Environment  and Climate Resource page, and our Organic Transitions page.

In a passionate keynote address, green jobs leader Van Jones exhorted the 10,000 youth climate activists at the Power Shift conference in Washington DC to "shift the power" and lead the clean power revolution. He argued that both parties need to be held accountable for their failures, and that activists must explain that the climate movement isn't just about "hippie power" but that it is a vision of liberty and justice for all.

Van Jones had harsh words for the national political establishment. "You have to be wise enough to hold both parties to high standards," he said:

While they're stuck on stupid in DC, your generation is rising.

Van Jones also discussed President Barack Obama, who hired him as a green jobs adviser but then let him go after Jones' politics and person came under a relentless barrage from Fox News' Glenn Beck. Jones argued that President Obama is like the friend who has the potential to be an A-plus student, but is only getting C's and D's. Jones told the assembled youth from campuses around the nation they can be a "hero for making sure your friend gets an A-plus on his presidency."


>>> Read the Full Article

For more information on this topic or related issues you can search the thousands of archived articles on the OCA website using keywords: