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Tim Dickinson writes: "The event is the kickoff for the Rebuild the Dream campaign, which hopes to give the progressive mass movement that rose up to elect Barack Obama a new banner to march under - 'with no superhero, no single leader, no messiah.'"

Van Jones, founder of Green For All, which brings green jobs training to people who are unemployed or disadvantaged. (photo: Green for All)
Van Jones, founder of Green For All, which brings green jobs training to people who are unemployed or disadvantaged. (photo: Green for All)

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+7 # Bill Clements 2011-06-25 00:45
I vigorously applaud Van Jones. This is sorely needed. It's time we stand up and fight for what is happening in America!
 
 
-13 # CTPatriot 2011-06-25 00:54
Is this the same Van Jones who publicly chided liberals for not unconditionally supporting his friend and former employer, President Obama? Why should I trust him to now lead a movement that will have to take on both Obama and the Democratic party if it is to be successful? I don't trust this man.
 
 
+1 # keeper 2011-06-27 04:38
He's not asking you to follow him, he's asking you to get involved. Be the change!
 
 
+9 # Dale 2011-06-25 08:17
Fight the Do Nothing Parties, take on the Republican Zombies, deny Blue Dog Democrats any place in the party, emulate the people of Greece, Spain, Portugal, Egypt and Syria!!!
Dale Johnson
 
 
+4 # Barbara K 2011-06-25 08:21
I also a;;laud Van Jones. We need someone like him to give us hope and help us move ahead and get our country back to being the great country it was and can be again, and even better. Enough of pandering to the wealthy, we need someone on our side, to help the citizens. Let's get this going, I'm all in! Finally, we have some hope! Grab it.
 
 
+2 # Capn Canard 2011-06-25 10:01
Jones needs to harness the ANGER of progressives ... but the anger of progressives won't be as strong and blind as the anger of the conservative Tea Baggers. Holding a progressive coalition together would require enormous leadership skills that I believe NO ONE in America possesses. The major difference is one of knowledge and education. In my experience, progressives tend to be better educated and generally more aware. The major obstacle is MONEY. MONEY is in charge of everything in America and the power of MONEY has destroyed the true voice of the Conservatives in that they have no problem throwing their children over the cliff to reduce taxes on the UBER WEALTHY! However I do will do my best to support this attempt.
 
 
0 # Bill Clements 2011-06-25 11:51
I think there is a growing number of progressives, and especially those who belong to unions, who are far more angry than any Tea Bagger! Tea Baggers can be angry about a lot of things, but are they facing the sort of draconian cuts being forced on them by this recent batch of truly mean-spirited Republican governors and Tea Party legislators? So, I disagree with you on that point.

I'm also not quite willing to concede, as you have, that a progressive coalition can not succeed due to a lack of leadership. Really? So, because progressives are better educated and more aware they will NOT coalesce around a progressive coalition?

As for money, yes, it's a bigger problem now more than ever, thanks, in large part, due to the Supreme Court's Citizen's United ruling.

Money hasn't destroyed conservatives; it's their thirst for power and their unbridled greed that has destroyed conservatives. But, clearly, their worldview is also culpable: it reveals, at it's core, selfishness and a lack of empathy.
 
 
-4 # Leonard R. Jaffee 2011-06-25 16:40
Quoting Bill Clements:


So, because progressives are better educated and more aware they will NOT coalesce around a progressive coalition?


Well-educated progressives, especially progressive intellectuals, tend to think grand thoughts and utter pretty words but do not tend to act brave acts. Well-schooled and intellectual progressives tend to live in language, not in sinews and guts. In that aspect, they resemble Obama (who pretends to rhetorical finesse, but does not put himself in the harms way of his wars), except progressives do not tend to lie (except to themselves) or cheat (except themselves).
 
 
+2 # Bill Clements 2011-06-26 17:48
An interesting characterizatio n. I'm sure you can find many who fit the bill, thought I would love to see some statistical evidence corroborating your theory.

Speaking anecdotally, I know a fair number of well-educated progressives who are out there on the front lines. And, of course, we have well-educated union members (teachers, nurses, etc.) who are most definitely out on the front lines these days.
 
 
+1 # Capn Canard 2011-06-25 19:15
I guess I am just too damn old and cynical to believe that progressives could hold a coalition together WITHOUT GREAT LEADERSHIP. Don't make the mistake in thinking that money and power are unrelated. It is too hard to say which came first! And the lust for power will destroy anyone, good goddamn just look at what it is doing to America. Money is power. {Power rarely comes out of a vacuum, there are rare exceptions like Ghandi but there was so much widespread frustration with the UK. Like wise if power weren't associated with money then the Native Americans wouldn't have been screwed by the Americans.} And conservatives are not who I am opposing. It is MONEY and the movement of wealth that is the problem. Blaming Conservatives is a futile task which makes the argument simplistic. The blame rests on GREED for POWER and CONTROL. MONEY is just the lubricant.
 
 
0 # Bill Clements 2011-06-26 18:15
Yes, perhaps you're correct about the need for great leadership. I would not dismiss the possibility, however, that no one is out there could fit that bill.

Yes, money and power are inextricably linked. And, yes, greed is not exclusively connected to only one party; both sides are susceptible to it, no doubt. But conservatives' world view (Cf. George Lakoff, Moral Politics) does predispose them more to greed than your typical progressive.

It's interesting to note that greed, from a Buddhist perspective, is another name for excessive desire or attachment, and is regarded as one of the key mental distortions in the mind that binds one to suffering.
 
 
+1 # Leonard R. Jaffee 2011-06-25 14:45
Progressives do not anger enough concerning the many thousands of CRIMES our government commits daily. Progressives treat with undue respect Republican criminals. WORSE: progressives tend not to be able to bear seeing how monstrously criminal are most Democrat politicians, especially Obama.

Daily, Obama's FDA, USDA, FERC, BLM, and State Department poison us to profit firms like Monsanto, Dupont, Merk, Novartis, BP, mountaintop coal extractors, and tar sands oil marketers — corporations that fatten by poisoning us.

Because our Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen, and Libya invasions are not just wasteful, but ILLEGAL, every death, maiming, displacement, and structure-damag e is a crime committed by Obama, all involved members of his administration, his military commanders, and Congress-member s who voted to permit or finance the invasions.

We must follow the example of Spain. We do NOT need one-day or weekend marches of people holding placards, making speeches, and singing. We need that many hundred-thousan ds take over, PEACEFULLY & LAWFULLY, all appropriate public gathering-place s of major cities and that they maintain the takeovers for weeks, even months. We need general strikes that last weeks or months. We need to spread the truth of the criminality of our government.
 
 
0 # Capn Canard 2011-06-25 20:06
Quoting Loup-Bouc:

We must follow the example of Spain. We do NOT need one-day or weekend marches of people holding placards, making speeches, and singing. We need that many hundred-thousands take over, PEACEFULLY & LAWFULLY, all appropriate public gathering-places of major cities and that they maintain the takeovers for weeks, even months. We need general strikes that last weeks or months. We need to spread the truth of the criminality of our government.


Okay, this captures my attention but it does forget that in America we can only carry this with GREAT LEADERSHIP, which is my POINT! I like Van Jones, but this is gonna have galvanize Americans far more the Pearl Harbor did, or even more that the fake Pearl Harbor did. This is the type of coalition that would have to be truly IRON CLAD.
 
 
+2 # Alison Dieter 2011-06-25 10:39
The people will never manage to match the $$ of the corporations. The corporations have the money and the power. They elect our representatives . Therefore, lobbying our representatives is a lost cause. We need to lobby the corporations. How we do that and what we lobby for is what you need to discuss in your town hall meetings. I would suggest that all who can afford it buy one share of stock and go to the stockholders meetings en masse. Demand that the corporations fund social safety net programs and grants. Demand and demand, even if they throw us in jail. Threaten to sell en masse all our stock. In the end they will be begging the Fed. Gov. to stop cutting entitlements and go back to promoting the general welfare by raising revenue.
 
 
+7 # mtnview 2011-06-25 12:43
Van Jones is an honorable man. MoveOn was very quick to insist that stopping the WARS was not important when it came to electing Obama. I no longer trust MoveOn. There was an opportunity to pressure the democrats, and MoveOn failed to do this. Now they want our support. The Democratic Party is a complete sell out. If Van Jones wants a progressive effort to succeed, this must be done outside of the Democratic party, and then use the influence to threaten the party, just as the Tea Party has done with their Republican pigs. Do not give money to any form of the Democratic Party until they learn that 20% of voters, Progressives, are not to be taken for granted. Vote Green, Socialist, or Purple. If the Dems want our votes, make them work for it.
 
 
+2 # Capn Canard 2011-06-25 19:20
ABSOLUTELY! The Dumbocrats cannot be trusted to do what we elect them to do. It may not seem possible but the Rethuglicans are even worse.
 
 
+4 # Not Confused 2011-06-25 21:55
Let's call it the Green Tea Party, LOL
 

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