[Guest post by DRJ]
Before he was White House green jobs czar, Van Jones was a board member for the Apollo Alliance — a coalition of environmental groups, labor unions and street organizers that unified around the green jobs concept. According to a New York Post guest op-ed, the director of the New York branch of the Apollo Alliance is former Weather Underground leader Jeff Jones:
“[Jeff] Jones was a fugitive from justice for 11 years. His own account at his Web site says: “As a leader of the Weather Underground, Jeff evaded an intense FBI manhunt for more than a decade. In 1981, they finally got him. Twenty special agents battered down the door of the Bronx apartment where he was living with his wife and four-year-old son.”
With Mark Rudd and Bill Ayers, Jones in 1969 co-founded the radical Weatherman, which orchestrated the violent “Days of Rage” riots in Chicago, and later undertook an anti-government bombing campaign. Three of its members died when a bomb they were constructing to attack Fort Dix accidentally detonated in Greenwich Village.
And Jones is still proud of his terrorist activities — saying as recently as 2004: “To this day, we still, lots of us, including me, still think it was the right thing to try to do.”
The op-ed says Senate Majority leader Harry Reid has credited Apollo with helping write the stimulus bill and getting it passed. I can’t find proof of this, although Reid has spoken approvingly of the Apollo Alliance. Here is the author’s bottom line:
“As a consultant to WDI [“Workforce Development Institute (WDI), a union-controlled organization (“developed in partnership with the NYS AFL-CIO,” it says) that works with state and local government and universities”], Jones is helping write the grant proposals for federal stimulus funds — funds authorized in the bill Apollo helped write, presumably ensuring that taxpayer dollars end up in the hands of groups that share Apollo’s political agenda.
Anyone should be entitled to spend his or her own money on political organizing, but Apollo and WDI are spending taxpayer dollars to organize a coalition of extreme environmentalists, labor unions and social-justice street organizers.
That’s bad enough in itself, but to have the effort spearheaded by an unrepentant domestic terrorist is a true outrage.”
Glenn Beck helped the op-ed’s author with a visual presentation in late August:
If this is true, then Obama’s association with Weather Underground founders has come full circle. He began his political career as a candidate for State Senate with help from Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn and he’s continuing it as President with help from Ayer’s Weather Underground co-founder Jeff Jones.