Van Jones has not given up on the ideal of public service and productive citizenry despite his rocky, short-lived experience as an Obama White House adviser concentrating on green jobs. A former community organizer, Jones has returned to public life with a new initiative, “Rebuild the Dream,” to re-energize the grassroots movement that helped propel Barack Obama to the presidency. Inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement, Jones argues that the 99% should work against the outsized influence of the 1% for the good of all. What’s more, he explains how they can do it. While getAbstract is completely neutral politically – as always – and some of Jones’s optimistic wishes perhaps could be labeled pie in the sky, his earnest reasoning has appeal for political observers who seek an oasis of calm in today’s cacophonous US political environment.
In this summary, you will learn
- How and why the movement behind Obama’s election dissipated,
- How new grassroots efforts have emerged during Obama’s administration, and
- How the US can recapture and refocus that energy for everyone’s benefit.
About the Author
Van Jones served as an Obama administration advisor working on green jobs.