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Van Jones to testify on community service

By Josh Richman
Wednesday, February 18th, 2009 at 11:47 am in George Miller, U.S. House.

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.

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