Thursday, January 18, 2007

Van Jones Dream Hopefuls Dreams in closing keynote address for 2007 National Media Conference for Reform in Memphis

Dream Hopeful Dreams
In the Conference’s closing keynote address, Van Jones asked people if they were prepared to succeed in the media and democracy movement.

“Can we write that story?” he asked. “We have to begin to say what is our agenda and is our agenda inclusive enough? Will it lift up enough people?”

Jones, who is the founding director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, called for a “city-by-city access agenda” outlining a vision to make high speed Internet free to everyone.

We have to think big, Jones said.

“Martin Luther King Jr didn’t get famous giving a speech called, ‘I have a complaint.’ That wasn’t the speech … The brother had a dream and we have dreams, beautiful dreams, hopeful dreams, helpful dreams, dreams about a country coming back together.”

“The reason we have this pro-democracy movement is because we believe this country can lead the world,” Jones said. “We need to be able to have a movement that stands for that.”
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In my own words:
Mr. Van Jones was simply amazing and motivational...It was also inspiring to see a fellow Tennesseean doing so well (he's from Jackson,Tn which is not far from my hometown of Memphis)...It's funny how brothers and sisters from the American South tend to make big strides and impact on the political and social activism scene out West (the founders of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense, Huey Newton and Bobby Seale for example were born in Louisiana and Texas respectively while the late former gangbanger turned street peace activist Stanley Tookie Williams, whose legacy reflects both the up and down side of this phenomena, was born in Charity Hospital in New Orleans)...The brother definitely knows what he's talking about and is blessed with the gift of gab and persuasion...Pure genius in motion and verse...Please visit The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and read his bio...Also check out the speech for yourself and get lifted(W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Subscribers please click on the following link to see video:

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1 comment:

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