Van Jones returns, will speak at forum with Kirsten Gillibrand. Your thoughts?
- 2010/02/05 04:16:01
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"Hopefully come election time, Kirsten Gillbrand will be another Politician we
will add to those that want to move our nation to the "Hyper
Progressive Movement" of bigger government and out of control spending. 7leads -
By Garance Franke-Ruta
Washington Post 02/04/2010
Controversial former Obama administration official Van Jones is
scheduled to discuss the Obama administration's jobs agenda at a forum
with Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) in early March, according to
an e-mail Thursday from the organizer of the invitation-only event.
Jones had been the Special Advisor for Green Jobs, Enterprise and
Innovation at the White House Council on Environmental Quality when he resigned from the administration in September.
Conservative activists, media personalities and elected Republican
officials had called for Jones's ouster for his political views and
Gillibrand faces reelection in the fall and may face a primary
challenge from former Tennessee representative Harold Ford Jr., who has
been publicly considering a run.
The forum, at the Harvard Club in New York, is being sponsored by
the Agenda Project, a group founded by Democratic organizational and
communications consultant Erica Payne. Payne is also the founder of
progressive consulting firm the Tesseract Group and was a co-founder of the Democracy Alliance.
Jones is a globally recognized, award-winning pioneer in the green jobs
movement. He also happens to be a super fun speaker so this will be a
very lively conversation!" wrote Payne in the invitation to the March 8
early-morning discussion, which also describes Jones as a "Green Jobs
From her letter:
As you likely know, new jobless claims are worse than
expected at 480,000.
One out of 10 Americans are unemployed, 1 out of 6 are
'under-employed'. In light of this (and perhaps in the wake of a
crushing defeat in Massachusetts), the President appears to have turned
his attention to addressing this problem. The budget he presented to
congress includes $100 billion in job-creating measures including tax
credits for green jobs and infrastructure projects. He proposes
increasing the size of SBA loads to $5 million from $2 million, giving
community banks access to $30 billion to lend directly to small
businesses, tax credits for 95% of the country's workers through an
extension of the Making Work Pay program. But is this enough? How much
effect will it have and how quickly? Will these programs create the
jobs we need to create for a 21st century economy? Or do they only
address short-term problems? What does it mean for regular Americans?
In the face of endless deficit news, how much of this budget will
For insight into both the policies and the politics around this critical
issue, we will be joined by two awesome leaders - Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Green Jobs legend Van Jones.
Payne describes the Agenda Project as a group "formed to help
realize the promise of this pivotal moment in American history" that
will hold "several by-invitation-only gatherings around policy and
political strategy" over the coming year, ranging from policy
breakfasts to salon dinners, book parties and private movie screenings.
She did not return an e-mail or phone call Thursday about Jones's
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