Van Jones to testify on community service

Oakland’s Van Jones, founder and president of Green for All, will join recording artist Usher, Time magazine managing editor Richard Stengel and others in testifying before the House Education and Labor Committee next Wednesday, Feb. 25, at a hearing on the importance of national and community service in meeting the nation’s economic needs.

A news release from the committee – which is chaired by Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez – notes that boosting community service is among President Barack Obama’s key priorities; his inaugural activities included a “National Day of Service” on which hundreds of thousands of Americans volunteered in their communities.

This hearing is supposed to focus on “reinvigorating civic engagement across all levels of society, expanding opportunities for young people to participate in service, and how national and community service can help ‘green’ America,” the release said.

Also scheduled to testify in addition to Jones, Usher and Stengel are James Harris, a youth participant in Usher’s New Look Foundation; Echoing Green president Cheryl Dorsey; former U.S. Sen. Harris Wofford, D-Pa.; and others yet to be announced.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.