Meet Buena Park Neighbors Communications Director Gene Tenner

I am currently the Communications Director for the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters which represents 33,000 union men and women in the northern two-thirds of Illinois and a portion of Iowa who swing a hammer for a living. I publsih a magazine, a couple of weekly email newsletters and two websites. I also do videos, webinars, advertisng and public relations.

As an avid cyclist I ride a three-wheeled trike between 5,000 and 6,000 miles year-round, including daily commutes along Chicago’s lakefront … polar vortexes included. I have never missed a commute due to weather.

I am an activist who serves humanitarian and political causes:

To advocate for the Sudanese in Illinois who have fled Southern Sudan and Darfur is one of my most rewarding experiences. I give Sudan presentations at churches and community groups with my Sudanese friends on the problems facing them in Darfur, South Sudan and the United States.

My son Sean and I work together on Sudanese issuses and the Abolition Institute which seeks to end slavery in the west African nation of Mauritania.

As a founding member of Bike Uptown it is our goal to advocate for calmer Uptown streets for walking, biking and using transit. I am a Positive Loiterer (gather as a group on drug-selling corners, so the gang bad guys go elsewhere) and facilitate CAPS (Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy) meetings; both work together to create safer neighborhoods.

My photography chronicles Chicago’s lakefront through my daily rides. My photo website is http://genetenner.com/

I also paint on water. Ebru painting is the ancient Turkish art of painting on water. The mineral-pigment paint is manipulated on water, and then the image is transferred to paper.

I am one of a handful of artists from around the world who has mastered the Spanish Wave style of Ebru painting. You can view these paintings here: http://genetenner.com/paintings

I just self-published my first photo-book on the history of my Chicago neighborhood: Sweet Home Buena Park.

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Author: bikeuptown46

I am currently the Communications Director for the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters which represents 33,000 union men and women in three states who swing a hammer for a living. I publsih a magazine, a couple of email newsletters and two websites. I also do videos, webinars, advertisng and public relations. As an avid cyclist I ride a three-wheeled trike 5 to 6 days per week 52 weeks per year which adds up to between 5,000 and 6,000 miles year-round, including daily commutes along Chicago's lakefront ... polar vortexes included. I have never missed a day of work because of Chicago's weather. I am an activist who serves humanitarian and political causes: To advocate for the Sudanese in Illinois who have fled Southern Sudan and Darfur is one of my most rewarding experiences. I work with my son Sean on Sudan presentations at churches and community groups with my Sudanese friends on the problems facing them in Darfur, South Sudan and the United States. My son Sean and I work together on the Abolition Institute which seeks to end slavery in the west African nation of Mauritania. My photography chronicles Chicago's lakefront through my daily rides. My photo website is http://genetenner.com/ I just self-published my first photo-book on the history of my Chicago neighborhood: Sweet Home Buena Park. I live about one-half mile north of Wrigley Field in the Buena Park neighborhood.

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