Well, the story continues. This continues the story that I started on my last post. https://claycomopolitics.wordpress.com/2010/05/04/more-on-goldman-sachs-obama-cap-and-trade-and-roy-blunt-2/

After leaving Fannie Mae Franklin Raines decided to move on to another Progressive group, Enterprise Community Partners. Yet we find another employee of Goldman Sachs, Alicia Glenn. What does Enterprise do? Funny you should ask, they specialize in “affordable housing.” Ah yes, the same phrase that got us involved in this mess in the first place. Enterprise has partnered with that great community organizing group ACORN in the past. Here’s their mission statement:

“Central to our mission is Enterprise’s fundamental commitment to give people living in poverty an opportunity to move up and out. We believe that these opportunities are best provided in communities with a diverse mix of affordable and market housing options, access to jobs and social supports, and a strong commitment to the environment and civic participation.”

Franklin Raines decides to go to the Joyce Foundation to ask for money from the Joyce Foundation. This is the group that helped start the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) when Barack Obama sat on the board in 2000-2001. There is also a lot of Goldman Sachs money tied up in this. Together, Franklin Raines and the Joyce Foundation start The Emerald Cities Collaborative. They are a “start-up, national coalition of diverse groups that includes unions, labor groups, community organizations, social justice activists, socially responsible businesses, and elected officials.” Huh?  Their mission is to be “united around the goal of rapidly greening our nation’s central cities and their surrounding metropolitan regions.” Here let me translate the liberal speak for you, Cap and Trade and any other brainless “green” initiative you can think of. The Board of Directors of Emerald Cities include Gerry Hudson (SEIU, service employees union), Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins (Green for All, affiliated with Van Jones, self-avowed communist, several posts on Jones available here), and Jack Hayn and Art Lujan (AFL-CIO, labor union). All three of these previous groups can be directly tied to the White House and the Obama administration.

There must of course be a mastermind of Emerald Cities. Enter the new character, Joel Rogers. He helped to found Emerald Cities in December of 2009. He also helped found the “New Party.” Their slogan:  “A Fair Democracy, A Real Democracy, A New Party.” They were socialists and they endorsed Barack way back when he was running for state senate in Chicago in 1996. Now the New Party has since become the old party and was dissolved in 1998. I guess it’s hard to find that many socialists to keep a third party running in America, its easier to become a Democrat. Joel Rogers also helped to found the Apollo Alliance. They helped write the wildly unsuccessful Obama stimulus. At one point and time Van Jones was on the board of directors of the Apollo Alliance.

Andy Stern, former chief of SEIU, and the person that visited Obama the most during his first year in the White House, had this to say about Joel Rogers. “Nobody outside the American labor movement has shaped our present thinking as profoundly.”

From a video of Van Jones on Joel Rogers when he was working as the Green Jobs Czar for Obama: “I also want to take a little bit of time before I get to my comments to brag a little bit on Joel Rogers. If I were Joel Rogers I would be insufferably proud. I wouldn’t be able to walk around, my head would be huge! The best thinking that he represents…is now represented, is reflected in the white house.” January 2009

Well…I feel better. Don’t you?

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