From inside the Obama White House, green jobs czar Van Jones has been orchestrating a coldly, calculated campaign to erase the meaning of the September 11th terrorist attacks from the American mind using federal resources and a political which he founded.
The group, called Green for All, was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in California on Dec. 11, 2007 by Jones. Green for All is one of two groups involved in a campaign called Green the Block. Green the Block was created “to educate and mobilize communities of color to ensure a voice and stake in the clean-energy economy,” according to its website.
In what could be considered a conflict of interest, Jones presided over the White House endorsement of Green the Block in an online video conference on August 4th during which Jones touted Green the Block’s first major initiative which involved participating in the National Day of Service scheduled for this September 11th.
The Senate approved the Edward M Kennedy Serve America Act and it was signed into law by President Obama on April 21st. The bill triples the AmeriCorps program to 250,000 participants and designates September 11th as a “National Day of Service and Remembrance.” Few Americans associate 9/11 with the activities envisioned by Green the Block. Americans tend to think of the horrors of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, but Green the Block is trying to change that.
The administration’s plans were outlined for this “day of service” in an Aug. 11 White House-sponsored teleconference call run by Obama ally Lennox Yearwood, president of the Hip Hop Caucus, and Liv Havstad, the group’s senior vice president of strategic partnerships and programs.
A coalition including the left-wing pressure group Color of Change and about 60 far-left, environmentalist, labor, and corporate shakedown groups participated in the call. Among the groups on the call were: ACORN, AFL-CIO, Apollo Alliance, Community Action Partnership, Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, 80 Million Strong for Young American Jobs, Friends of the Earth, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, Mobilize.org, National Black Police Association, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, National Council of Negro Women, National Wildlife Federation, RainbowPUSH Coalition, Urban League, and Young Democrats of America.
With the help of the Obama administration, the coalition is launching a public relations campaign under the radar of the mainstream media — which remains almost uniformly terrified of criticizing the nation’s first black president — to try to change 9/11 from a day of reflection and remembrance to a day of activism, food banks, and community gardens.
Of course, the annual commemoration of the 2001 terrorist attacks belongs to the entire nation, but President Obama and the activist left don’t see it that way. They view the nationwide remembrance of the murder of 3,000 Americans by Islamic totalitarians as an obstacle to winning over the hearts and minds of the American people.
On the conference call, leaders of these groups said that they view September 11th as a “Republican” day because it focuses the public on supposedly Republican issues like patriotism, national security, and terrorism. According to Progressives, 9/11 was long ago hijacked by Republicans and their enablers and unfairly used to bludgeon helpless Progressives at election time. Shifting the focus of 9/11 from remembrance to environmentalism and community service helps diminish the day as a Republican symbol, they believe.
“September 11th should not only be a day for mourning – it should be a day to think about our neighbors, our community and our country,” Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said in support of the plan to change the meaning most of America has of that day. The effort is part of the broader plan to ease the country along in the fundamental transformation of America that President Obama promised during the election campaign.
Of this National Day of Service, Jones says little except that it will be a great opportunity “for people to connect, to find other people in your peer group who are also passionate about repowering America but also greening up America and cleaning up America.”