Glenn Beck's race baiting and constant attacks on Van Jones, special advisor for green jobs, enterprise and innovation at Council on Environmental Quality, have gotten out of control. Now activists and social justice organizations are beginning to rise up in support of Jones, who has worked tirelessly on behalf of disadvantaged people and the environment for years. There is now a website called standwithvan.com, where people can show their support for Jones online. The NAACP has also released a statement in support of Jones.The real Van Jones is a 1993 graduate of the Yale Law School; an attorney; author of a New York Times bestseller; a successful advocate for the Green Jobs Act, which George W. Bush signed into law as a part of the 2007 Energy Bill; and the co-founder of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and Green For All.
You won't hear Beck reciting any of these accomplishments. Instead, if you tune into his Fox show, you'll hear Beck smearing Jones as a black nationalist communist who should be railroaded out of town.
Standwithvan.com asks people to:
1. Show your support for Van Jones by using the #supportvan hashtag on Twitter. Here is a sample tweet you can copy and paste: "I stand with Van Jones: http://standwithvan.com #supportvan #vanjones"
2. Sign the Color of Change petition asking Glenn Beck's advertisers to stop supporting Beck's hateful agenda. You can also donate to Color of Change here.
3. Become a Fan of Van Jones on Facebook.
NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous:
"It is sad and unfortunate that our nation's precious airwaves and cable television time are being occupied with the unscrupulous, diversionary tactics launched by right wing extremists such as Glenn Beck. These desperate tactics divert America's attention and intellectual resources away from issues affecting our families and communities. These life-and-death concerns are being overshadowed by employing ruthless attacks against Van Jones, White House Special Advisor for Green Jobs and dedicated advocate for safe, clean and healthy communities.
Van Jones has established himself through his many years in public service as a hardworking advocate for positive, progressive change. He is a devoted husband and father. Mr. Beck and the other news services' portrayal of Mr. Jones to the contrary is not only distracting and disingenuous but harmful and destructive.
"The only thing more outrageous than Mr. Beck's attack on Van Jones is the fact that there are sponsors that continue to pay him to provide this type of offensive commentary. I can only assume hat this is the very reason that several dozen organizations throughout our country have gone on record stating they will boycott FOX News (the television network home of Glenn Beck). While we defend the right to free speech for all Americans, we expect news outlets throughout our country to uphold civility in their portrayal of the President of the United States as well as members of his administration and others who have wrongfully come under scrutiny. America's news outlets have the responsibility to uphold accuracy and integrity in their reporting."
More Van Jones:
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