PHOTO CAPTION: Activist Van Jones sees brighter future for area youth down green technology path.

Kids From Mean Streets Urged to 'Think Green'

You can put Detroit back to work. Not making SUVs that destroy the world, but wind turbines that could help save the world, writes Van Jones in 'The Green Collar Economy'

Published: 30-Oct-2008

LOS ANGELES -- Civil rights activist Van Jones for years has fought to keep poor kids in Oakland, California, off the streets and out of jail.

Now, he's got a solution he ripped off straight from the West Coast elite -- urging the nation's toughest neighborhoods to think green.

In his book, "The Green Collar Economy" (Harper One, $25.99), Jones argues that the predominantly white and wealthy environmental movement and those living in low-income, mainly black and immigrant communities should join forces to attack two of the nation's biggest problems: climate change and poverty.


Barack Obama addressing Democratic National Convention in Denver in 2008.

Professor Peter Dreier sees the need for a president who can inspire Americans to listen to their better angels.

Official White House photo of president announcing help for GM and Chrysler.

If a company fails to come up with a viable plan by March 31st, it will be required to repay its federal loans.

Chrysler CEO Bob Nardelli

Chrysler CEO Bob Nardelli.


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