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Sunday, August 09, 2009

Obama File 81 Former Weather Underground Terrorists and '60s Maoists Nurtured Obama's "Green Jobs" Czar

Obama File 80 here


Fox News has been focusing much attention lately on president Obama's "Green Jobs Czar" Van Jones' hard core communist background and his ties to the influential Apollo Alliance.

A grouping of Green, labor union and social "justice organisations", the Apollo Alliance has had huge influence on the Obama administration and has succeeded in getting Apollo founder and longtime board member Van Jones a job in the White House.

Van Jones helped found Apollo and served on its board until recently-alongside Gerry Hudson of Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), former Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) supporter Carl Pope and Joel Rogers-founder of the radical New Party-which Barack Obama joined in Chicago in 1995.

Despite its power Appollo is a relatively small organization on the ground with only fourteen affiliates nationwide-one of them being Van Jones' tiny Oakland California based Ella Baker Center for Human Rights.

The New York state Apollo Alliance Director is Jeff Jones.

According to Apollo's website,

Jeff Jones campaigned to remove PCBs from the Hudson River, clean up toxic pollution in inner-city and rural neighborhoods and reverse global warming. From 1995-2005, he was the Communications Director of Environmental Advocates of New York. Previously, he was a reporter covering state politics and policy for a variety of news organizations.

Mr. Jones has devoted much of his time to researching and confronting federal and state energy policies that contribute to global warming and catastrophic climate change. In 2006, he represented the state Apollo Alliance on the governor’s Energy and Environmental Transition Task Force. He serves on the boards of directors of several organizations, including the Healthy Schools Network, the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy and West Harlem Environmental Action (WeAct for Environmental Justice).

Here is Jeff Jones talking about his commitment to environmental activism and "green jobs".



If the name Jeff Jones rings a few bells-this may be why.


That's right Jeff Jones is a former member of the 1970s terrorist organization, the Weather Underground. More than that Jones was a founder and one of four key leaders of the organization with Mark Rudd, Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. Remember those names.

The Weatherman connection to Apollo is hardly surprising. I revealed here that Van Jones had links in San Francisco to two other former Weathermen supporters Jon and Nancy Frappier.

Jon Frappier's organization DataCenter worked closely with Jones' Ella Baker Center. Coincidentally Nancy Frappier attended a Weather Underground organized Hard Times conference in 1976, with the late Ella J Baker herself.

Jon and Nancy Frappier have both donated to Jones' later creation, Green for All.

Diana Frappier, believed to be a relative of Jon and Nancy has worked with Van Jones in Copwatch and helped Jones found and run both Ella Baker and Green for All.

Jon Frappier has links to the Rag Blog, which lists among its contributors former Weather Underground leader Mark Rudd.

Van Jones was a leader of Bay Area Marxist-Leninist-Maoist organization Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement (STORM).

Mainly composed of young activists "of colour", STORM worked extremely closely with a grouping of older Maoists-mainly veterans of Line of March and the Venceremos Brigades to Cuba, most of whom in the early 1990's joined the Communist Party USA offshoot Committees of Correspondence (CoC).


Betita Martinez

Jones was very close to CoC activist Betita Martinez and her friend of thirty years Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. Martinez and Dunbar-Ortiz have worked together on countless projects in the Bay Area including supporting Van Jones' War Times-anti Iraq War publication in 2002. the pair are now both advisors to the Catalyst Project, a Bay Area radical organization.

:Our advisory board brings together long-time mentors and comrades who have supported our political and organizational development over the years.

Van Jones and Martinez were both involved in a Catalyst Project "Challenging White Supremacy "workshop.

:"To solve the new century's mounting social and environmental problems, people of color activists and white activists need to be able to join forces. But all too often, the unconscious racism of white activists stands in the way of any effective, worthwhile collaboration. The Challenging White Supremacy workshop is the most powerful tool that I have seen for removing the barriers to true partnerships between people of color and white folks. If the CWS trainings were mandatory for all white activists, the progressive movement in the United States would be unstoppable."

:-Van Jones, Executive Director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights

When former SDS and Line of March leader and Committees of Correspondence member Max Elbaum released his book "Revolution in the Air: Sixties Radicals Turn to Lenin, Mao and Che" in 2002-Dunbar-Ortiz, Martinez and Van Jones contributed these comments;

:"In the many contentious interpretations of the volatile 1960s and their aftermath, one key element is virtually excluded: the independent Marxists who tried to develop a new collective revolutionary project...Finally, here is a book that tells their story, and mine.
:Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz


:Here is the first in-depth account of the New Communist Movement of the 1970s, from its roots to its demise, and finally we can understand why it inspired thousands of Americans at the time."
:Betita Martinez

:By unearthing a hidden history of radical US politics, Max Elbaum has erected an invaluable bridge between the generations. Finally, we have one book that can successfully connect the dots between the battles of the 1960s and the emerging challenges and struggles of the new century."
:Van Jones

A book also reveals some connection between Dunbar-Ortiz, Martinez and Jon Frappier. Susanne Jonas the author of The Battle for Guatemala: Rebels, Death Squads, and US Power (Westview Press, 1991) thanks Elizabeth Martinez...Jon Frappier, who first introduced me to Guatemala in 1967... Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Richard Adams, Jorge Castafieda, Barbara Epstein.... for their help with the book.


Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz reveals on her website;

:Dunbar-Ortiz was also a dedicated anti-war activist and organizer throughout the 1960s and 1970s. During the war years she was a fiery, indefatigable public speaker on issues of patriarchy, capitalism, imperialism, and racism. She worked in Cuba with the Venceremos Brigade and formed associations with other revolutionaries across the spectrum of radical and underground politics, including the SDS, the Weather Underground, the Revolutionary Union....

As a footnote to the same piece former SDS and Weather Underground leader Mark Rudd adds;

:Roxanne Dunbar gives the lie to the myth that all New Left activists of the '60s and '70s were spoiled children of the suburban middle classes.

In 2006 a group of activists from Democratic Socialists of America, Committees of Correspondence, Communist Party USA and former members of SDS and the Weathermen joined forces to create a new organization Movement for A Democratic Society (MDS).

Key figures in MDS included all four of the key SDS/Weather Underground leaders Bill Ayers, Bernardine Dorhn, Jeff Jones and Mark Rudd, plus several former SDS comrades who had rejected the Weathermen in the late 1960s to take the Maoist road to Revolution.

Dorhn, Jones and Rudd were all MDS board members as were former SDS leaders turned Maoist Carl Davidson and Mike Klonsky and unsurprisingly Betita Martinez and Roxanne-Dunbar Ortiz.

Several MDS leaders have known or worked with Obama in Chicago-including Ayers, Dorhn, Carl Davidson, Mike Klonsky and Rashid Khalidi. MDS chairman and Commmittees of Coorrespondence leader Manning Marable has written;

What makes Obama different is that he has also been a community organiser. He has read left literature, including my works, and he understands what socialism is.


Mark Rudd, far left, Marable centre, black shirt, Jeff Jones second from right MDS conference New York January 2007.

In early 2008 MDS board members Barbara Ehrenreich and Bill Fletcher Jr(both Democratic Socialists of America members), Tom Hayden (former leader of SDS) and Carl Davidson established Progressives for Obama to rally far left support behind the Obama campaign. Mark Rudd has endorsed the organization.

MDS/Progressives for Obama has taken a strong interest in who gets appointed to the Obama administration.


Shortly after the November 2008 election, Mark Rudd wrote a column in The Rag Blog, to re-assure leftists alarmed at some of Obama's appointments.

:If you're anything like me, your inbox fills up daily with the cries and complaints of lefties. Just the mere mention of the names Hillary Clinton and Lawrence Summers alone conjure up a litany of horrendous right-wingers appointed to top level positions.

:Betrayal is the name of the game.

:But wait a second. Let's talk about a few things:

:Obama is a very strategic thinker. He knew precisely what it would take to get elected and didn't blow it...But he also knew that what he said had to basically play to the center to not be run over by the press, the Republicans, scare centrist and cross-over voters away. He made it.

:Obama plays basketball. I'm not much of an athlete, barely know the game, but one thing I do know is that you have to be able to look like you're doing one thing but do another. That's why all these conservative appointments are important: the strategy is feint to the right, move left. Any other strategy invites sure defeat. It would be stupid to do otherwise in this environment.

:Look to the second level appointments. There's a whole govt. in waiting that Podesta has at the Center for American Progress. They're mostly progressives, I'm told (except in military and foreign policy). Cheney was extremely effective at controlling policy by putting his people in at second-level positions....

It will be no surprise to learn that Van Jones was a Fellow at the Center for American Progess.


Carl Davidson has been a huge fan of Van Jones and has pushed his barrow at every opportunity-just as he pushed Obama's in the 90s and early 00s.

In a March 2009 The Rag Blog review of Van Jones' book 'Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems' Carl Davidson wrote;

:It's time to link the newly insurgent U.S. Green Jobs movement with the worldwide efforts for the solidarity economy. Both are answering the call to fight the deepening global recession, and both face common adversaries in the failed "race to the bottom," environment-be-damned policies of global neoliberalism.

:That's the imperative facing left-progressive organizers with connections to these two important grassroots movements. It's even more important in the wake of the appointment of a key leader of one of these movements, Van Jones of "Green For All," to a top environmental and urban policy post in the Obama administration.

:"Green Collar Economy" was instantly a powerful voice in policy circles. It gained a wider and deeper significance in light of the financial crises that hit the fan soon after it reached the bookstores. Just as the voter revolt against Wall Street helped lift Obama to the Oval Office, so too was Van Jones's urban policy monograph raised into a "What Is To Be Done" manifesto for deep structural reforms capable of busting the onset of a major depression.

:Where Van Jones' approach to both the green and solidarity economies most compels our attention is that he starts where the need is greatest, the millions of unemployed and underemployed inner city youth. The structural crises of neoliberal capitalism has long ravaged this sector of our society through deindustrialization, environmental racism and a wrecking ball approach to schools in favor of more prisons. To borrow from Marx, these young people are bound with radical chains, and when they break them with the tools suggested in Green Collar Economy, they free not only themselves, but the rest of us are set in a positive direction as well.

:But Green Collar Economy's core mass base remains a united Black and Latino community in close alliance with organized labor, the same engine of change that put Obama in the White House. And by asserting the interests and needs of that base, the green jobs and infrastructure proposals in Obama's stimulus package serve to drive the entire recovery effort in a progressive direction.

Davidson also promoted Van Jones' vision at the Democratic Socialists of America runApril 2009 Left Forum at Pace University in New York.

:I had to quickly get to the next panel, since I was on it, and there was only about five minutes between sessions. "Building a Progressive Majority and Advancing a Vision of Socialism" was the title, and it was pulled together by my group, Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism, and chaired by Pat Fry, an SEIU staffer.

:I led off by presenting Van Jones's program for Green Jobs for inner city youth, but framing it as a larger structural reform project that could, if done right, unite a progressive majority and help get us out of the current crisis. At the same time, we had to unite a militant minority around socialist tasks, so I offered the solidarity economy movement and its projects as practical examples of cooperative forms that could, within the capitalist present, point to a socialist future.

There you have it-sextegenarian Maoists, unforfilled Weathermen, socialists and communists are pushing their agenda in the White House through a mouthpiece they have promoted and nurtured over many years.


"Green Jobs" is a cover for increased socialization of the US economy-driven by a man who only seven years ago was an ultra militant San Francisco street communist.


Now hopefully, you have more understanding as to why Van Jones (and Barack Obama) hold the positions they do today.

Obama file 82 here

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trevor:

Carl Davidson likes your new post here. Already commented at my site....Must hit a nerve with the far "Lefties" with this one.

Keep up the good work

Romanticpoet

1:17 AM  
Blogger mah29001 said...

I didn't like government-pushed green jobs to begin with. It seems there are some on the eco-Left that believe that's not Left enough for them.

Believe me, even groups like the Sierra Club have come out against Obama's government-promoted push for green jobs. What's quite striking here, is they are opposing wind and solar power being built in the desert and people such as Diane Finstein and Barbera Boxer have gone against any of those initatives. Hypocrites?

Maybe this could be just a strategy to destroy the U.S. economy even further or perhaps I'm just being too opinionated here.

10:46 AM  
Anonymous Steve Nice Guy Northland said...

"Opinionated...."

Never !

Try "screw-loose...."

8:52 PM  
Blogger mah29001 said...

It's "nice" to know that you're such a big shill for government promotion of green jobs.

You're obvious quite a big Statist too.

10:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

gatewaypundit has your story.

Great job Trevor.

Annie

7:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

mah29001 -right on-this group of people should all be behind bars for what they are trying to push on the American public with the Chicago Carbon Exchange plan. This group is about one thing-MONEY and we the people are the ones who need to put a stop to their far left agenda against America!

1:37 PM  

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