Van Jones Says Finding ‘Beauty In Your Opponents’ While Accepting Nelson Mandela Award
Like from jones standing on stage at Wednesday’s Plan to Take the World ceremony, CNN hostDream Corps founder and social justice activist talked about change in acceptance Nelson Mandela Changemaker Award. “Nelson Mandela changed the world,” Van said, “but first, he changed himself. That’s what people forget.” Earlier in his speech, Van talked about how Mandela – who fought apartheid in South Africa to the point of being imprisoned for nearly three decades – found “beauty in his opponents”. his defenders”.
“He doesn’t just believe in the beauty of who he is,” says Jones. “He believes in the beauty of his opponents.” In a time of deep partisan divisions around the world, Van delivered the message of finding “beauty” and common ground on the opposite side.
Jones is recognized for her commitment to social justice activism and criminal justice reform. Van has co-founded five social impact organizations: Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Color Of Change, Green for All, Dream Corps, and REFORM Alliance. Later a prison REFORM alliance focused on reform co-founded with JAY-Z, Meek Mill, Owner of the New England Patriots Robert Kraft, Michael Rubin, and more.
The Changemaker Awards 2022 honored Van’s role in The First Step Act In 2018, part of the prison law sought to limit the minimum sentence of convicts, place prisoners in facilities closer to home, expand the rights of female prisoners, provide benefits to those in need. nonviolent offenders complete a recidivism reduction program while maintaining good behavior, etc.
The June 8 private event also featured Paris Hilton, Ryan Reynolds, LL Cool J, Katie Couric, and the grandson of Nelson Mandela, In Mandela. Ryan Reynolds and LL Cool J have received the Legacy PTTOW! ICON was honored in the event. Jones has now joined the list of former Nelson Mandela Changemaker recipients, including Meek Mill, Sharon Stone, Sophia BushPresident of Toronto Raptors and Founder of Giants of Africa Masai Ujiri, CEO / Founder of Global Citizen Hugh Evansand advisor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Clarence Jones.
Plan To Take On The World is today’s network of ” today’s most innovative and influential CEOs, CMOs and Icons from all 70 major industries who are shaping the world of tomorrow.” Members include symbols from Tony Hawk arrive Quincy Jones arrive Dali Lama and CEO iHeartMedia Bob Pittman.