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Oakland’s Van Jones testifies before Congress

Van Jones of Oakland, founder and president of Green for All, testified today before the House Education and Labor Committee during a hearing on how to renew America through national service and volunteerism:

“If we’re going to have a green economy in this country, and we have to — our scientists tell us that it’s imperative — we need to have a green economy that has no throw-away species, no throw-away resources, but also no throw-away young people, no throw-away neighborhoods. We need to make sure those communities that were left out of the last century’s pollution-based economy are locked in to the new clean and green economy. We need to make sure that the people who most need new work, new wealth, new health opportunities get that, and the best way to do that is to connect green service to green job training to green jobs. In conclusion, I want to say that this is the most fiscally conservative, fiscally responsible thing that you can do with the public dollars … because green dollars work overtime, they work double-time, they work triple-time.”

Timely, particularly given the thrust of President Obama’s speech last night.

Also testifying was recording artist Usher:

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.