White House Special Advisor for Green Jobs at the Center for Environmental Quality Van Jones had apologized twice this week for making regrettable statements and there may be another one coming.
His name is posted online in support of an October 2006 petition to stop police brutality posted by the Revolution newspaper, which describes itself as the “Voice of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA.” The petition was created by a group called the October 22nd Coalition that seeks to “meet the intensifying nationwide epidemic of police brutality with resistance on the national level” and says it works with the International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu Jamal.
Other groups and individuals signing the petition include: Act Now to Stop War and End Racism, Freedom Socialist Party of San Francisco, International Socialist Organization of San Francisco, Justice4Palestinians, New Black Panther Party’s New York Chapter and the Party for Socialism and Liberation.
Mr. Jones released a statement Thursday evening apologizing for a different petition he signed, on behalf of 911Truth.org, that demanded an investigation into what Bush Administration officials may have known that permitted the terrorist acts of 9/11 to take place, “perhaps as a pretext to war.” [See previous coverage HERE.] Wednesday he apologized for making disparaging remarks about Republicans at an energy conference in Berkeley, California.
The “resistance” petition is available online HERE.
It discusses the effect 9/11 has had on law enforcement and the creation of a “police state,” saying: “Since September 11, 2001, law enforcement agents (including border patrols) have been given greater license to increase and broaden repression. Steps were even taken to grant more worth to a police officer’s life, with the ‘heroes law’ enacted in New York State, for which the governor originally called for a death sentence for anyone who shoots a cop.”
“We resist so that we will not be crushed,” it says.
Inquiries have been made to the Revolution newspaper and to the White House about the White House adviser’s knowledge of this petition. This blog will be updated when information is provided.
UPDATE: When asked about the October 22nd Coalition petition, the Council on Environmental Quality referred the Washington Times to the statement Mr. Jones made on Thursday evening.
“In recent days some in the news media have reported on past statements I made before I joined the administration - some of which were made years ago. If I have offended anyone with statements I made in the past, I apologize. As for the petition that was circulated today, I do not agree with this statement and it certainly does not reflect my views now or ever.
My work at the Council on Environmental Quality is entirely focused on one goal: building clean energy incentives which create 21st century jobs that improve energy efficiency and use renewable resources.”