In my limited spare time, I recently picked up Van Jones’ latest book, Rebuild the
Dream. Van’s book, like Van, is truly inspiring.
For full disclosure, Van pitched me on the concept of his new organization some
months ago, explaining that most of us got to where we are because our parents
were handed a ladder. The rungs of the ladder were the GI Bill, student loans,
state colleges, good paying union jobs, and low interest home loans, which our
grandparents and parents climbed to make a better life for many of us. But now
that ladder – the American Dream – is being taken away.
Many of you already know Van Jones as President Obama’s former green jobs
advisor, the author of New York Times’ best seller “The Green Collar Economy,”
or the co-founder of Green for All. Through Rebuild the Dream, Jones has re-
emerged as one of today’s most prolific crusaders for social and environmental
In Rebuild the Dream, Jones lays out a comprehensive game plan that offers
solid solutions to rebuilding our economy and preserving our environment.
Through his proposed plan, Jones illustrates how we can still revitalize American
jobs, improve our struggling economy, and embrace renewable energy.
Jones is a true champion for all Americans. He often says that he works with the
99% for the 100%. He works to bring back the American dream for those who’ve
had it, and for Americans who never saw a way forward because of redlining or
discrimination. He paints a picture of a clean energy economy with good jobs for
Most importantly, Rebuild the Dream reconfirms our belief in the American
Dream. It lets us know that despite our nation’s shortcomings, it’s not too late for
us to fix our democracy. It is not too late for us to restore hope and renew OUR
dream so we can guarantee future generations to come.