The Fix: Van Jones

Professional left hopes ‘Occupy Wall Street’ not the end

The ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protest movement is already being described as a liberal tea party movement. Unions have quickly endorsed and pledged to join the protesters, but they also want this momentum to spill over into their own activism. Whether it will is unclear.

For months, former Obama administration official Van Jones has been trying to rally liberals under a common banner, one that could counter the tea party. The American Dream Movement was created, and a contract or legislative platform was born, with input from hundreds of thousands.Yet since its launch, the liberal contract has gotten little attention outside the groups involved in writing it.

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