STORM described itself and its activities as:
“We upheld theÂ MarxistÂ critique of capitalist exploitation. We agree withÂ Lenin‘s analysis of the state and the party. And we found inspiration and guidance in the insurgent revolutionary strategies developed by third world revolutionaries likeÂ Mao Tse-TungÂ and Amilcar Cabral.”
The vehemently anti-American groupÂ held a vigil in Oakland, California, â€œmourning the victims of U.S. imperialism around the worldâ€ on the night after Sept. 11, 2001. Jones does not appear to have distanced himself from his past communist activities and is now part of the Obama administrationâ€™s push to turn Sept. 11 into aÂ National Day of ServiceÂ focused on the promotion of the radicalÂ environmentalistÂ agenda.
The vigil was reported byÂ World Net DailyÂ which excerpted parts of a history of the now-disbanded group. The 2004 document, called â€œReclaiming Revolution: history, summation & lessons from the work of Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement (STORM),â€ may be found on an archival siteÂ here.
Jones also founded the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, which joined in the vigil according to an Ella Baker CenterÂ press releaseÂ from 2001. The press release contained this passage that quoted Jones:
â€œAnti-Arab hostility is already reaching a fever pitch as pundits and common people alike rush to judgment that an Arab group is responsible for this tragedy,â€ said Van Jones, national executive director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. â€œWe fear that an atmosphere is being created that will result in official and street violence against Arab men, women and children.â€
â€œReclaiming Revolutionâ€ also blamed the U.S. for 9/11. A passage on page 45 (27 of the PDF file) reads:Â
That night, STORM and the other movement leaders expressed sadness and anger at the deaths of innocent working class people. We were angry, first and foremost, with the U.S. government, whose worldwide aggression had engendered such hate across the globe that working class people were not safe at home. We honored those who had lost their lives in the attack â€” and those who would surely lose their lives in subsequent U.S. attacks overseas.
Michelle Malkin discussed STORM and â€œReclaiming Revolutionâ€ on theÂ â€œGlenn Beck Programâ€Â on Aug. 25.