Ralph Nader: Consumer Advocate/Presidential Candidate
Sunday, October 6, 3pm, Pamplin Sports Center
Honored by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential Americans of the Twentieth Century, consumer advocate and presidential candidate for the Green Party, Ralph Nader, has devoted his life to giving ordinary people the tools they need to defend themselves against corporate negligence and government indifference. With a tireless, selfless dedication, he continues to expose and remedy the dangers that threaten a free and safe society. In 1965, Nader took on the Goliath of the auto industry with his book, Unsafe at Any Speed, a shocking exposť of the disregard carmakers held for the safety of their customers. Working with lawmakers, he was instrumental in creating the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Laws he helped draft and pass include the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Meat and Poultry Inspection Rules, the Air and Water Pollution Control Laws and the Freedom of Information Act. Working to empower the average American, Nader has formed numerous citizen groups, including the Center for Auto Safety, Public Citizen, the Pension Rights Center, the National Coalition for Universities in the Public Interest, and the student public interest research groups (PIRGs) that operate in over twenty states
Nader organized a presidential campaign in 2000 to challenge the "duopoly" of the two-party system. His goal is to build the foundation of a third political party and a robust progressive political movement that rally around issues rather than empty slogans and figureheads. Among his best-selling books are Winning the Insurance Game; Why Women Pay More and Getting the Best From Your Doctor. His most recent books are Children First: A Parents Guide to Fighting Corporate Predators; No Contest: Corporate Lawyers and the Perversion of Justice in America and The Ralph Nader Reader. Nader's most recent bestseller is titled Crashing the Party: How to Tell the Truth and Still Run for President.
Nader's message is simple and compelling: "To go through life as a non-citizen would be to feel that there's nothing you can do, that nobody's listening, that you don't matter. But to be a citizen is to enjoy the deep satisfaction of seeing the prevention of pain, misery and injustice."
Tickets required for entry. Complimentary tickets available September 9 at College Bookstore for Lewis & Clark College community. $5 general admission tickets available September 16 at Bookstore and through FASTIXX 503 224-8499.
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