Los Angeles, California, October 23, 2011 - Activist Van Jones speaks to protesters of Occupy LA from the steps of City Hall in Los Angeles. As Co-Founder and President of Rebuild the Dream, Jones is working on grassroots efforts to mobilize the left and hoping to find traction in the Occupy Wall Street Movement. Occupy LA is part of the larger Occupy Wall Street Movement which began this summer in Zuccotti Park in the Wall Street Financial District. Their protest is focused on social and economic inequality, corporate greed and its influence on government. Their slogan "We are the 99%" refers to the divide wealth distribution, where 1% of Americans control over 40% of the wealth in the country.
Van Jones served as the green jobs advisor in the Obama White House in 2009 until resigning amid controversy over comments he made while an activist. He also holds a joint appointment at Princeton University as a distinguished visiting fellow in both the Center for African American Studies and in the Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.