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Greg Peterson

"Protecting the environment, promoting interfaith projects, encouraging youth to respect our planet, serve as a strong voice against racism"

Negaunee, MI, USA
male, age 55
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Speaks: A little bit of French
Joined Jun 30, 2008
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Groups American Coyote Awareness, CHEROKEE PLACE OF PEACE, Care2 UK, Celebrate The Holy days and Holidays of Wicca, Cultural Preservation of the American Indian, DivineMother, Help Animals, Sign Petitions, Help the Honey Bees!, Leonard Peltier is a political prisoner, Native American Church Of The Ghostdancers, Native Children's Survival, Thanksgiving...A Season or an Attitude?, The Town Crier, Vision First Foundation more »
Hometown Negaunee, Michigan 
Homepage http://www.cedartreeinstitute.org  
Birthday Sept 22, 1959  
Languages A little bit of French  
About Me I am a news reporter, writer and investigative journalist specializing in street news, plus Indigenous, civil rights and environment reporting
Began my career over 30 years ago as a young teenager in Augusta, GA after moving south during the middle of high school.
I was co-coordinator of the 1986 original James Brown Appreciation Day in Augusta, GA, where the Godfather of Soul was always trashed by the local media who found no reasons to print or report anything positive about the music icon.
Mr. Terence Dicks was the other co-coordinator and most recently served as chair of the Augusta Human Relations Commission and still a member of the Georgia Clients Council.
Mr. Brown taught us to "fight the good fight" by battling all forms of racism and evil while not uttering a bad word about those who try to block justice, respect, fairness and kindness to all.
As a child, I also lived in the Harbert, Michigan home built by late poet Carl Sandburg - where the legendary authored penned some of his greatest works including his Chicago works and Lincoln papers.
The huge home had a sundeck on the top and a cool walk-in safe in the basement.
The neighborhood - called Birchwood - has numerous cottages used for other purposes by the Sandburgs including the milk house where they milked goats.
When my parents remodeled the fourth floor of the home that stands atop the Lake Michigan sand dunes/bluffs - they found items that belonged to Mr. Sandburg concealed in the walls including prescription bottles (with name), reading glasses, and a small, thin metal stamp with his name.
I have worked for dozens of newspapers and radio and TV stations in GA and MI.
I am the volunteer media advisor for several large interfaith environmental projects involving Native Americans across Upper Peninsula of MI including the Turtle Island Project, the Interfaith Earth Healing Initiative, Earth Keeper Initiative and the Manoomin (Wild Rice) Project.
The new three-year Zaagkii Wings and Seeds Project is restoring bee and butterfly habitat to help with pollinating plants around the Midwest following the disappearance of billions of bees. Keweenaw Bay Indian Community youth and Marquette teens are building butterfly houses and planting 26,000 native plants that help pollinators survive.
The Earth Healing Initiative participated in the the EPA Great Lakes 2008 Earth Day Challenge that occurred in April 2008.
The EHI helped organize interfaith participation across eight states for the 100 plus recycling projects - involving millions of pounds of electronic waste that was recycled and millions of pills/pharmaceuticals that were properly disposed. Exact figures still being compiled.
Under an EPA grant, EHI provided free media related services for the cities/groups/tribe - including doing videos and press releases.
The Earth Keeper group has many environmental projects including an annual Earth Day Clean Sweep at two dozen free drop off sites across a 400 mile area of northern Michigan that has collected over 370 tons of household hazardous waste since 2005 (total collection time: 9 hours or 3 hours each year).
The 2007 Earth Keeper Pharmaceutical Clean Sweep collected over one ton of drugs plus $5000,000 in narcotics in only three hours. Some 2,000 residents participated and many brought in pharmaceuticals for their family, friends and neighbors.
In 2006, some 10,000 people dropped off over 320 tons of old/broken computers, cell phones and other electronic waste, all of which was recycled. In 2005, residents turned in 45 tons of household poisons and vehicle batteries.
In 2007, over one ton of pharmaceuticals and $500,000 in narcotics was turned in by more than 2,000 people at 19 sites - plus personal care products likes shampoos, perfumes etc.
The Manoomin (Wild Rice) Project teaches at-risk teens (just sentenced in juvenile court) to respect nature and themselves by having American Indian guides escort them to very remote lakes and streams in northern Michigan to plant and care for wild rice.
The teens conduct water quality and other tests to determine the best conditions for the once native grain to survive.
The Turtle Island Project was co-founded in July 2007 by Rev. Lynn Hubbard in Munising, Michigan and Rev. Dr. George Cairns of Chesterton, Indiana, United Church of Christ minister and research professor for the Chicago Theological Seminary.
Environment projects are being planned as well as regional and national conferences on respecting the culture and heritage of indigenous peoples aka First Nation peoples (American Indians).
Rev. Hubbard is providing a platform for American Indians to be heard - unedited by whites. - whom Rev. Hubbard says donít have the knowledge or right to speak on behalf of Native Americans.
I have always specialized in civil rights, outdoor, environmental, cops and courts reporting thanks to my late mentor Jay Mann (Jan Tillman Hutchens), an investigative reporter in Augusta, who lived by the books "Illusions" and "Jonathon Livingston Seagull."
I love to fish, hunt, camp and skydive. A member of the Delta Chi national fraternity, I was very active in student projects through my schools years from Junior Achievement, to all forms of band (played cornet) to cross country, track, and football (I wasnít very good).
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Pets A dog and two cats  
Activist Aspirations Enthusiastic
Political Leaning Liberal
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Wild Fact About Me Co-organized the original James Brown Appreciation Day in Augusta, GA with Mr. Terence Dicks. Mr. Brown taught me alot about respecting others, the planet and human rights.

Also - lived in poet Carl Sandburg's home in Harbert, MI as a child - it was high atop a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan, was four stories tall and included a sun deck on the roof and a walk-in safe in the basement.
My Philosophy Pray for others, not for myself.
Respect nature, the planet and others and life will work out
What Gives Me Hope Youth standing up for the environment, interfaith projects that show we have more in common that what divides us
If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by
What/who changed my life and why
What Bugs Me Any one who hurts a woman, Any one that would hurt a child, abusive people, Narcissists, Arrogance  
Passions Investigative Journalism, Protecting the environment  
Inspirations Rev. Jon Magnuson, Rev. Dr. George Cairns, Rev. Dr. Lynn Hubbard, Rev. Terence Dicks, Jay Mann (My mentor), Mr. James Brown  
What Scares Me  
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Quotation Quotes to live by from Richard Bach 1977 book "Illusions - The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah"

"True family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life.
Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof."

"Your only obligation in any lifetime is to be true to yourself. Being true to anyone else or anything else is not only impossible, but the mark of a false messiah."
Interests  
Books Richard Bach books, Jonathon Livingston Seagull, Illusions - Adventures/Reluctant Messiah  
Music Southern Rock, soft rock, Rock and Roll, oldies, Classic Rock, all kinds  
Movies Animal House, Blues Brother's (1980)  
TV Shows Sci-Fi Channel movies and shows, Six Feet Under, Scrubs, CSI (all of them), NCIS, America's Most Wanted, Cops, Greatest American Hero, Sanctuary  
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Favorite Places  
Can't Live Without The great outdoors, My pets, My friends, My relatives  
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