Student Union Treading Topics Lecture: Green Jobs, Not Jails: Criminal Justice Reform, Racial Equity, and the Green Economy
Author, CNN political contributor, and environmental and human rights activist Van Jones will take the stage on Monday, September 12th to discuss the Green Economy and its relationship to criminal justice reform and racial equity.
Jones will examine connections between current social issues and environmental issues, with a focus on St. Louis’ unique challenges of weak environmental policy, high incarceration and recidivism rates, and a small but growing green jobs sector. Commentary will include critiques of current presidential candidates’ environmental policies.
Van Jones is a Yale-educated attorney, and author of two New York Times best-selling books, The Green Collar Economy (2008) and Rebuild the Dream (2012).
Jones has founded and led numerous social enterprises engaged in social and environmental justice, including The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, which promotes criminal justice reform; Color of Change, which works for racial fairness through its one million members; Rebuild The Dream, a 21st Century “think tank” that champions innovative solutions to fix the U.S. economy and uplift the next generation; and The Dream Corps, which promotes innovative policy solutions.
He was the main advocate for the Green Jobs Act, the first piece of federal legislation to codify the term “green jobs,” and he worked as the green jobs advisor to President Barack Obama in 2009, leading the inter-agency process that oversaw the multi-billion dollar investment in skills training and jobs development within the environmental and green energy sectors.
Jones has been honored with numerous awards and spotlighted on several lists of high achievers, including: the World Economic Forum’s “Young Global Leader” designation; Rolling Stone’s 2012 “12 Leaders Who Get Things Done”; TIME’s 2009 “100 Most Influential People in The World”; and the Root’s 2014 “The Root 100.”
Van Jones is currently a CNN political contributor, and a fellow at the MIT Media Lab.
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**Registration does not guarantee a seat at this event. We recommend arriving early to ensure seating, as this event is free and open to the public.**