Saturday, September 13, 2008

Peter Camejo


Today I bring the sad news of the passing of Peter Miguel Camejo. He was a tireless advocate for social justice who lost his fight against cancer at 3 a.m. earlier this morning. Peter was writing his life memoirs and reportedly was 1/2 a chapter away from completing his book. Before his work is sure to be posthumously published, I’ll offer this quick biographical sketch of his life in the interim: Born of Venezuelan parents, Camejo’s electoral activism led him to be the Socialist Workers presidential candidate in 1976. He ran for the governor of California three times under the Green Party and served as Ralph Nader’s running mate in a 2004 independent presidential ticket. Most recently, he spoke to the Peace and Freedom Party Convention (see above video) to convince delegates to nominate Nader and Matt Gonzales as their 2008 presidential candidacy. Nader has gone to accept the nomination and has qualified in more state ballots this year than ever before. The movement moves on!

The activist world extends its deepest gratitude to the life lived in rebellion belonging to Peter Miguel Camejo.


[Looks like the Hounds of Wikipedia are on the case]

Peter Miguel Camejo (born December 31, 1939, New York City died September 13, 2008) is an American author, activist and politician. In 2004, he was selected by independent candidate Ralph Nader as his vice-presidential running mate on a ticket which had the endorsement of the Reform Party.[1][2] Camejo is a three time Green Party gubernatorial candidate most recently in 2006 receiving (2.3%) of the vote. Camejo also ran in the 2003 California recall election finishing fourth in a field of 135 candidates (2.8%), and 2002 finishing third with 5.3%.


Camejo is a first-generation American of aristocratic Venezuelan descent. At the time of his birth, his mother was residing outside of Venezuela in the Queens borough of New York City. Although a "natural born citizen" of the United States — hence constitutionally eligible for the U.S. Presidency later in life — Camejo spent most of his early childhood in Venezuela.


While a member of the Socialist Workers Party, Camejo wrote the book Racism, Revolution, Reaction, 1861-1877. The Rise and Fall of Radical Reconstruction, published by Pathfinder Press.

As a candidate for California Governor, Camejo, along with other Green Party candidates and activists, wrote California Under Corporate Rule, which he self-published.

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