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California State Government March 5, 2002 Election
Smart Voter Full Biography for Peter Miguel Camejo

Candidate for
Governor; State of California; Green Party

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Peter Miguel Camejo (61) is a first generation Venezuelan-American who has fought for social and environmental justice since his teens. He marched in Selma, Alabama with Martin Luther King and was active against the war in Vietnam. In College he studied math and history. After winning a student council election at UC Berkeley he was suspended for "using an unauthorized microphone."

Peter has worked to defend the rights of Latino workers in the U.S. and to free political prisoners in Latin America. In 1976 he ran for President as a socialist, gaining ballot status in 30 states.

Peter is chair and co-founder of Progressive Asset Management Inc. (PAM), which promotes socially responsible investments. He created the Ecological Trust for Merrill Lynch, the first environmentally screened fund of a major firm, and a top-performer. Peter is currently a county-appointed trustee of the Contra Costa County Employees Retirement Association. He has also been appointed by the Lt. Governor of Hawaii to be an advisor to the Hawaii Capital Stewardship Forum.

Through his work on the Board of Earth Share, Peter helped form the Environmental Justice Fund, to finance and unify environmentalists of color. Through an organic farming firm, Earth Trade, he helped Nicaragua become the world's largest producer of organic sesame. He is presently working to create a "Solar Mortgage" that will fund solar power installation through home mortgages.

Peter is a long-time supporter of the women's movement and gay and lesbian rights. In 1987, he launched a program, called "The IRA that cares" to help fund the San Francisco Aids Foundation. Camejo created the Council for Responsible Public Investments, which is funded for anti-tobacco divestment work by the California Health Department.

Camejo is a published author, is fluent in Spanish and English, and lives with his wife Morella in Walnut Creek, California.

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