Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  MARQUETTE – Ralph Nader, a consumer advocate and the Green Party 2000 presidential candidate, will speak at Northern Michigan University at 7 p.m. Monday, April 7, in the Great Lakes Rooms of the University Center. He will discuss the environment – particularly oil – and the possible war with Iraq.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Honored by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential Americans of the 20th Century, Nader works to expose and remedy the dangers that threaten a free and safe society. In 1965, he took on the auto industry with his book, Unsafe at Any Speed, an exposé of the disregard carmakers held for the safety of their customers. Some motor vehicle safety laws resulted from his efforts.

The success created by Unsafe at Any Speed gave Nader and his work publicity and momentum. Working with lawmakers, he was instrumental in creating the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Consumer Product Safety Commission. He also helped draft and pass laws such as the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Meat and Poultry Inspection Rules, the Freedom of Information Act and the Air and Water Pollution Control Laws.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Nader organized a presidential campaign in 2000 with the Green Party to challenge the “duopoly” of the two-party system. His goal was 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.”

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  His best-selling books, aside from Unsafe at Any Speed, are Winning the Insurance Game; Why Women Pay More, Getting the Best from Your Doctor and, most recently, Crashing the Party: How to Tell the Truth and Still Run for President. 

This event is sponsored by Platform Personalities. Tickets will go on sale at NMU ticket outlets in mid-March for $1 for students and $3 for non-students.

Prepared By
Jessica Holman