Van Jones was born on 20th September 1968, in Jackson, Tennessee USA, and is a political commentator, author and non-practicing lawyer, but who is also known for serving as an environmental policy advisor to former US President Barack Obama, before resigning in September 2009. He has received rather strong criticism because of his political past, as he worked with a founder of the terrorist organization Weathermen, and had contacts with a Marxist organization. He was allegedly a signatory of the 9/11 truth movement Petition, but this could not be proved. Jones is currently the head of his own organization, Rebuild the Dream, and a regular contributor to CNN.
How Rich is Van Jones?
It has been reported by authoritative sources that the overall size of his wealth is as much as $1.5 million, as of the data given in the middle of 2018 – his current salary is not known, as he works for a number of organisations. Moreover, Van is also a best-selling author, and earns a decent amount from the publication of his books. Not only this, he earns giving interviews, etc.
Early Childhood and Education
The boy was raised in Jackson in a family of educators, Loretta Jean and Willie Anthony Jones. After matriculation from Jackson Central Merry High School, he entered the University of Tennessee at Martin, from which he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Communication. Then, he earned his J. D. degree at Yale Law School. While still a student, he served in the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights.
28 years ago this spring, I graduated (with a double major in communications and political science) from @utmartin. UTM was (and still is) a red state, public university for working class and lower middle class kids like me. My favorite professor, E. Jerald Ogg, was a pro-George HW Bush conservative. Despite our huge political differences, he helped me immensely, and he is still a mentor and friend to this day. I feel blessed to have grown up in a time and place where people mattered more than party affiliation. We can’t let Trump drag us backwards on human rights, environmental progress and democracy. But we can’t let him drag us DOWN either — to his level of disrespecting and dehumanizing our opponents. I’m still a 2008 hope-and-changer. Neither Obama nor McCain went into the gutter that year. And I won’t follow Trump into the gutter this year. Let’s fight HARD for everything we believe in — including our belief that, as Americans, we can be a better people than this. We can vote against each other, without hating each other. We can disagree, without disrespecting or disregarding. And we can stop the haters — without becoming hateful ourselves.
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Van Jones Delivering Democracy
Jones is known to have been involved in a number of activist programs, such as the Rodney King Verdict and Bay Area Watch. Moreover, he launched a new umbrella NGO entitled Ella Baker Centre for Human Rights in 1996, the aim of which was to strive for peace and justice in urban America. In 2005, Jones alongside James Rucker founded a web-based organisation which aims was to cope with the issues of Colour of Change, and used online resources to strengthen the political voice of African-Americans.
Meanwhile, Van Jones promoted eco-capitalism as well as environmental justice, and was, in particular, advisor to the President Obama administration. From 2011 to 2014, he served as the President of Centre Left, and concurrently hosted the television show “Crossfire” in 2013 and ’14, broadcast on CNN. In 2014, Jones founded The Dream Corps which supports criminal, environmental and economic justice. Furthermore, Van Jones has been involved in many other advocacy projects, including Green for All, YesWeCode and Cut50. He served in a number of environmental and non profit organisations including Social Venture Network, Free Press and Julia Butterfly Hill.
Van Jones Book Tour
So far, Jones has written three books, the first published in 2008 written alongside Conrad Ariane, and entitled “The Green Collar Economy”. Four years later, his second book “Rebuilt the Dream” showed up, and finally the third book “Beyond the Messy Truth: How We Came Apart, How We Come Together” was released in 2017.
Awards and Honours
Van Jones received his first award in 1996, which was Brick Award now renamed as Dosomething Award. Later, he was honoured with the fellowship of Rockefeller Foundation, and in 1998, he won Reebok International Human Rights Award. In 2008, he won 10 different awards – among others Time Magazine Environmental Hero, Global Green USA Community Environmental Leadership, and World Economic Forum Young Global Leader Awards. In 2009, he was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time Magazine, then in 2010 Van Jones became a Global Exchange Human Rights Award Honoree. In 2015, he received Environmental Media Association’s Green Biz Global Innovator Award, and David E. Glover Vanguard Award, and most recently, he was honoured with Webby Special Achievement Award (2017).
Concerning his private life, Van Jones is married to lawyer Jana Carter, and they have two children. Jones is apparently a loving father, and sometimes gets emotional about his family, even when working on television.