Ralph Nader, consumer advocate, Presidential candidate, speaks on globalism, US international policy

Ralph Nader, consumer advocate, Presidential candidate, speaks on globalism, US international policy, and the War on Iraq on Monday, March 24 at UMass Dartmouth

March 20, 2003 


Ralph Nader, consumer advocate, Presidential candidate, speaks on globalism, US international policy, and the War on Iraq on Monday, March 24 at UMass Dartmouth 

Ralph Nader, honored by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential Americans of the Twentieth Century, consumer advocate, and Green Party presidential candidate, will give a public lecture at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth at 6: 30p.m. Monday, March 24 in the Main Auditorium. Nader s topic will be Globalism, US International Relations, and the War on Iraq. 

The lecture is sponsored by the UMass Dartmouth Student Senate Lecture Series. Admission is free; parking is in lots 5 and 6. For further information, contact the Student Activities off~ce, 508-999-8127. 

Nader has devoted his life to giving ordinary people the tools to defend themselves against corporate negligence and government indifference. In 1965, Nader took on the auto industry with his book, Unsafe at Any Speed, a shocking expos of the disregard carmakers held for the safety of their customers. The Senate hearing into Nader s accusations and the life-saving motor vehicle safety laws that resulted catapulted Nader into the public sphere. 

Nader quickly built on the momentum of that success. 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 two-party system. His goal is to build the foundation of a third political party and a robust progressive political movement. Nader s most recent bestseller is titled Crashing the Party: How to Tell the Truth and Still Run for President. 

Nader s message is: 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. 


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