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Tribute to Peter Camejo

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Date:
Friday, July 02, 2010
Time:
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Event Type:
Panel Discussion
Organizer/Author:
Sid
Email:
Phone:
773-583-7884
Location Details:
Oakland Marriott
1001 Broadway
Oakland, CA

Join a discussion of Peter’s life and ideas, celebrating the release of his autobiography, North Star.

Speakers:

Matt Gonzalez, civil rights attorney and former president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors

Aimee Allison, peace activist, author and host of KPFA radio’s Morning Show.

Nativo Lopez, president of the Mexican American Political Association and national director of Hermandad Mexicana Latinoamericana.

Todd Chretien, activist and contributor to the International Socialist Review and Socialist Worker newspaper

"The North Star was an expression that meant heading toward freedom as slaves tried to escape northward. It has become a symbol in my life of both the goal and the guiding light on the road ahead."—Peter Camejo, from North Star

$10 admission at the door. Seating is limited so pre-register at http://www.socialismconference.org/oakland. Select the “single session” option, or register for any larger part of the conference, to guarantee your seat.
Added to the calendar on Mon, Jun 28, 2010 10:32PM

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by hankchapot
Since I was highly critical of Peter upon his death, I must continue in case he is still listening. He was perhaps the most divisive "star" to gravitate to the Green Party of California ever. In an already divided political project, Peter came along and decided to start a cadre group within the larger movement, called GDI, "greens for democracy and independence", and anyone who didn't get in line was labeled a demo-green. He recruited a bunch of tired lefties, (sorry Todd) and drove his wedge into the fold.

He wasn't a bad candidate, he was truly a bad friend to the greens.

I worked on his first campaign, the one before the recall, and came away thinking, what a fucking blowhard. He couldn't hear any voice beyond his own and that was okay when he attacked the wider corrupted political system, but he spent most of his short tenure in the GPCA working at a pogrom against his detractors. (Though, I was, at the time, not one of them).

What happened to the candidates he recruited? They ran for office, crapped out and then blew off the green party, leaving a pile of disheartened organizers in their wake. Now you want to lionize this splittist sectarian egoist?

Peter was a rich, white, wannabe radical carrying his old-left anger into the not so old left green party.

Just saying.

Hank Chapot, on the record and still as pissed off as I was back then.
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