Breaking the Chains
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Breaking the Chains book
Van Jones is a passionate civil rights and human rights advocate. He combines practical solutions to problems of social inequality and environmental destruction, focusing on green economic opportunities for urban America. Jones grew up in rural Tennessee, graduated from Yale Law School, and works and lives in Oakland, California. He is the Co-Founder and President of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, which seeks to replace the US incarceration industry with community-based solutions. This chapter presents the answers of Jones to the questions related to the opportunities and challenges facing the local green economy movement. It shows how community groups, families, and individual citizens have taken action to protect their food and water, clean up their neighborhoods, and strengthen their local economies. The chapter lays out strategies for a more successful green movement, describes how communities have protected their victories from legal and political challenges, and provides key resources for local activists.