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September 04, 2009

Van Jones Supported a Cop-Killer; Van Jones Says "Kanye Was Right"

Slublog does the research that the Obama Administration couldn't be bothered to do and turns up some obvious warning signs that Van Jones was a nutjob.

First, in 1999 he organized a protest in support of convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal. I can't find a link to the article [UPDATE: IreneFingIrene found the link; thanks], but it ran in the October 9, 1999, San Francisco Chronicle on page A17 under the headline: "Timing of Protest is Suspect; Mumia supporters disrupt youth event". The meat:

A supporter of a Pennsylvania death row inmate denied that demonstrators were trying to upstage a long-planned dialogue between Oakland police and local youth Thursday night.

[...]

Supporters of Mumia Abu-Jamal, a death row inmate convicted for the 1981 shooting death of a Philadelphia police officer, said the protest was called after the Supreme Court on Monday rejected claims that Abu-Jamal, a former radio journalist and Black Panther, did not receive a fair trial.

"We knew there was another event going on, but the timing of the court decision is what dictated when the protest was held," said Van Jones, a San Francisco civil rights lawyer who helped coordinate the protest march.

Jones said about 15 protesters occupied the rotunda at the Federal Building on Clay Street in an act of civil disobedience with the hope they would be arrested.

Yes, the "Green Jobs Czar" hoped to be arrested and ruined a planned event for cops and kids. In Oakland, where they probably needed that stuff badly.

Second, in November 2005, the East Bay Express noted Jones' appearance at a conference for environmental radicals:

By the time the final speaker addressed the crowd, people shuffled restlessly in their seats as a lone infant wailed. Van Jones, a tall, dark-skinned man wearing a "Kanye was right" T-shirt under his black blazer, seemed to have little in common with his audience of predominately white hippies.

Maybe he didn't read the t-shirt carefully before he put it on?

Thanks, once again, to the efforts of our very own Slublog.


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