Ralph Nader

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Ralph Nader

American political activist, as well as an author, lecturer, and attorney add

Category: Politics

Born in 1934.

Countries: United States (73%), (7%), Connecticut (5%)

Main connections: Winona LaDuke, Patti Smith, George W. Bush

Linked to: Green Party, Vermont Progressive Party, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, The New Republic

 

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Ralph Nader was born in 1934 add something


1940

Melvin Belli - Besides his notorious personal injury cases, which earned for him his byname "King of Torts," Belli was instrumental in setting up some of the foundations of modern consumer rights law, arguing several cases in the 1940s and 1950s that formed the basis for later lawsuits and landmark litigation by such figures as Ralph Nader


1951

Nader graduated from the private The Gilbert School in 1951 add something


1955

He graduated from Princeton University in 1955 and went on to Harvard Law School add something


1958

His activism on behalf of third parties goes back to 1958, when he wrote an article for the "Harvard Law Record" critiquing U.S. electoral law's systemic discrimination against them add something


1959

After serving six months on active duty in the United States Army in 1959, he was admitted to the bar and started practice as a lawyer in Hartford, Connecticut , Connecticut add something

 

He first criticized the automobile industry in 1959 in an article, "The Safe Car You Can't Buy", published by "The Nation add something


1960

Adelle Davis - During the 1960s and 1970s, her popularity continued to grow, as she was featured in multiple media reports, variously described as an "oracle" by the "New York Times", "high priestess" by "Life" and was compared to Ralph Nader, the popular consumer activist, by the Associated Press


1961

He was an assistant professor of history and government at the University of Hartford from 1961 to 1963 add something


1964

In 1964, Nader moved to Washington, D.C., where he was appointed as a political aide to the Assistant Secretary of Labor Daniel Patrick Moynihan and advised a United States Senate subcommittee on car safety add something


1965

In 1965, Nader wrote the book "Unsafe at Any Speed", in which he claimed that many American automobiles were unsafe to operate add something

 

Nader came to prominence in 1965 with the publication of his book "Unsafe at Any Speed", a critique of the safety record of American automobile manufacturers in general, and most famously the Chevrolet Corvair add something

 

Road traffic safety - In 1965, Ralph Nader put pressure on car manufactures in his book Unsafe at Any Speed detailing resistance by car manufacturers to the introduction of safety features, like seat belts, and their general reluctance to spend money on improving safety

 

Traffic collision - Other initiatives were accelerated as a reaction to consumer pressure, after publications such as Ralph Nader's 1965 book "Unsafe at Any Speed" accused motor manufacturers of indifference towards safety


1966

Nader's advocacy of automobile safety and the publicity generated by the publication of "Unsafe at Any Speed", along with concern over escalating nationwide traffic fatalities, contributed to Congress' unanimous passage of the 1966 National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act add something

 

In early March 1966, several media outlets, including "The New Republic" and "The New York Times", reported that GM had tried to discredit Nader, hiring private detectives to tap his phones and investigate his past, and hiring prostitutes to trap him in compromising situations add something


1969

John F. Banzhaf III - In 1969 Ralph Nader had petitioned the Federal Aviation Administration to ban smoking on all flights, when Banzhaf petitioned the FAA to require separate smoking and nonsmoking sections on domestic flights


1970

In the 1970s and 1980s Nader was a key leader in the antinuclear power movement add something

 

Karen Croft, a writer who worked for Nader in the late 1970s at the Center for Study of Responsive Law, once asked him if he had ever considered getting married add something

 

Nader declined their offer to run that year; the New Party ultimately joined with the People's Party in running Benjamin Spock in the 1972 Presidential election add something

 

Nader spent much of 1970 pursuing a campaign to educate the public about ecology add something

 

Whistleblower - US civic activist Ralph Nader coined the phrase in the early 1970s to avoid the negative connotations found in other words such as "informers" and "snitches"


1971

In 1971, Nader co-founded the nongovernmental organization Public Citizen with fellow public interest lawyer Alan Morrison as an umbrella organization for these projects add something

 

Ralph Nader's name appeared in the press as a potential candidate for president for the first time in 1971, when he was offered the opportunity to run as the presidential candidate for the New Party, a progressive split-off from the Democratic Party in 1972 add something

 

Center for Science in the Public Interest - CSPI is headed by Michael F. Jacobson, who founded the group in 1971 along with James Sullivan and Albert Fritsch, two fellow scientists from Ralph Nader's Center for the Study of Responsive Law. In the early days, CSPI focused on various aspects such as nutrition, environmental issues, and nuclear energy

 

Gore Vidal - In 1971, he wrote an article in "Esquire" advocating consumer advocate Ralph Nader for president in the 1972 election


1972

Chief among his advocates was author Gore Vidal, who touted a 1972 Nader presidential campaign in a front-page article in "Esquire" magazine in 1971 add something


1973

Volkswagen - The US Thing version only sold for two years, 1973 and 1974, thanks at least in part to Ralph Nader's automobile safety campaigns


1974

Mike Gravel - By 1974, Gravel was allied with Ralph Nader's organization in opposing nuclear power


1980

In 1980, Nader resigned as director of Public Citizen to work on other projects, lecturing on the growing "imperialism" of multinational corporations and of a dangerous convergence of corporate and government power add something

 

International Brotherhood of Teamsters - The decline in working conditions in the freight industry, combined with long-simmering unhappiness among members employed by the United Parcel Service, led to the development of two nationwide dissident groups within the union in the 1980s: Teamsters for a Democratic Union , an assemblage of a number of local efforts, and the Professional Drivers Council, better known as PROD, which began as a public interest group affiliated with Ralph Nader that was concerned with worker safety


1982

Don Keenan - Keenan and lawyer Scott Sanders settled the case in 1982, after the case received national attention from activist Ralph Nader


1983

Seat belt - Adams was attacked by Ralph Nader, who said that the 1983 deadline was too late


1988

In 1988, Nader appeared on "Sesame Street" as "a person in your neighborhood add something


1992

He was a candidate in the 1992 Massachusetts Democratic Primary, where he appeared at the top of the ballot add something

 

Nader is a five-time candidate for President of the United States, having run as a write-in candidate in the 1992 New Hampshire Democratic primary, as the Green Party nominee in 1996 and 2000, and as an independent candidate in 2004 and 2008 add something


1995

Knowledge Ecology International - It was founded by Ralph Nader in 1995 and was called "'Consumer Project on Technology


1996

Nader was drafted as a candidate for President of the United States on the Green Party ticket during the 1996 presidential election add something

 

Chip Berlet - Berlet criticized Ralph Nader and his associates for a close working relationship with Republican textile magnate Roger Milliken, erstwhile major backer of the 1996 presidential campaign of Pat Buchanan, and anti-unionization stalwart

 

Winona LaDuke - In 1996 and 2000, in addition to her many other activities, LaDuke ran as the vice-presidential candidate with Ralph Nader on the Green Party ticket

 

Winona LaDuke - In 1996 and 2000, she ran for vice president as the nominee of the Green Party of the United States, on a ticket headed by Ralph Nader

 

Howie Hawkins - Instead of trying to build the national party from the top down through a presidential campaign as the Peace and Freedom, Peoples, and Citizens parties had done, the Greens would build local organizations and contest local elections until they had enough of a base to launch a presidential campaign, which the Greens finally did 12 years later when they drafted Ralph Nader and Winona LaDuke as their presidential ticket in 1996

 

Audie Bock - She served as a volunteer on Ralph Nader's 1996 campaign for the presidency

 

Socialist Alternative (United States) - Socialist Alternative gave critical support to the candidacy of Ralph Nader during the 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008 presidential elections

 

Green Party (United States) - The Association of State Green Parties , a forerunner organization, first gained widespread public attention during Ralph Nader's United States presidential campaigns in 1996 and 2000

 

Green Party of the United States - The Association of State Green Parties , a forerunner organization, first gained widespread public attention during Ralph Nader's United States presidential campaigns in 1996 and 2000


1999

In 1999, an New York University panel of journalists ranked "Unsafe at Any Speed" 38th among the top 100 pieces of journalism of the 20th century add something


2000

A common claim is that Nader's candidacy acted as a spoiler in the 2000 U.S. presidential election, in which 537 votes gave George W. Bush a crucial and controversial victory in Florida add something

 

Due to concerns about a possible spoiler effect as in 2000, many Democrats urged Nader to abandon his 2004 candidacy add something

 

In 2000, Nader and his running mate Winona LaDuke received 2,883,105 votes, for 2,74 percent of the popular vote , missing the 5 percent needed to qualify the Green Party for federally distributed public funding in the next election, yet qualifying the Greens for ballot status in many states add something

 

In the 2000 presidential election in Florida, George W. Bush defeated Al Gore by 537 votes add something

 

Nader cites this as one of the primary reasons that he decided to actively run in the 2000 election as candidate of the Green Party, which had been formed in the wake of his 1996 campaign add something

 

In June 2000 The Association of State Green Parties organized the national nominating convention that took place in Denver, Colorado, at which Green party delegates nominated Ralph Nader and Winona LaDuke to be their party's candidates for President and Vice President add something

 

When Nader, in a letter to environmentalists, attacked Gore for "his role as broker of environmental voters for corporate cash," and "the prototype for the bankable, Green corporate politician," and what he called a string of broken promises to the environmental movement, Sierra Club president Carl Pope sent an open letter to Nader, dated 27 October 2000, defending Al Gore's environmental record and calling Nader's strategy "irresponsible add something

 

Sean Parlaman - Presidential campaign - He was able to secure government grants, to become a member of the Oregon steering committee of the 2000 Green Party Presidential campaign of Ralph Nader, and to get permission from Stephen King to make "Stud City", a short, independent sequel to "Stand by Me"

 

Jello Biafra - After losing the 2000 nomination, Jello became highly active in Ralph Nader's presidential campaign, as well as in 2004 and 2008

 

Michael Moore - Despite having supported Ralph Nader in the 2000 presidential election, Moore urged Nader not to run in 2004 so as not to split the left vote

 

Ani DiFranco - During the 2000 U.S. presidential election, she actively supported and voted for Green Party candidate Ralph Nader

 

Susan Sarandon - During the 2000 election, Sarandon supported Ralph Nader's run for President, serving as a co-chair of the National Steering Committee of Nader 2000

 

Susan Sarandon - During the 2000 election, Sarandon supported Ralph Nader's run for President, serving as a co-chair of the National Steering Committee of Nader 2000

 

Bill Murray - During the 2000 presidential campaign, Murray supported Green Party candidate Ralph Nader

 

Daniel Hamburg - During the 2000 presidential election Hamburg backed Green presidential candidate Ralph Nader

 

Ed Fallon - During the 2000 presidential election, he made headlines across the state when he endorsed the candidacy of Green Party nominee Ralph Nader over that of Democrat Al Gore because of Gore's choice of Joe Lieberman as a running mate

 

Patti Smith - Furthermore, Smith has been a supporter of the Green Party and backed Ralph Nader in the 2000 United States presidential election

 

Real Time with Bill Maher - He endorsed the candidacy of Ralph Nader of the Green Party in the U.S. presidential campaign of 2000

 

Jello Biafra - He ran for the party's Presidential nomination in 2000, finishing second to Ralph Nader

 

Democratic Socialists of America - In 2000, DSA took no official position on the presidential election, with several prominent DSA members backing Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader

 

John B. Anderson - In the 2000 U.S. presidential election, he was briefly considered as possible candidate for the Reform Party nomination but instead endorsed Ralph Nader

 

American Reform Party - In the 2000, 2004, and 2008 elections, the American Reform Party supported Ralph Nader for president

 

Christopher Hitchens - In this discussion Hitchens revealed himself to be a supporter of Ralph Nader in the 2000 U.S. presidential election, who was disenchanted with the candidacy of both George W. Bush and Al Gore

 

Mike Diana - Regarding the 2000 Presidential election, Diana says that had he voted, he would have voted for Ralph Nader

 

Tim Robbins - Robbins supported Ralph Nader's 2000 presidential campaign and appeared on stage in character as Bob Roberts during the "Nader Rocks the Garden" rally at Madison Square Garden

 

Eddie Vedder - Vedder told "Rolling Stone" magazine, "I supported Ralph Nader in 2000, but it's a time of crisis

 

Eddie Vedder - Vedder was outspoken in support of Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader in 2000, and Pearl Jam played a series of concerts on the 2004 Vote for Change tour, supporting the candidacy of John Kerry for U.S. President


2002

A study in 2002 by the Progressive Review found no correlation in pre-election polling numbers for Nader when compared to those for Gore add something

 

Ross Perot - Some state parties have affiliated with the new America First Party; others gave Ralph Nader their ballot lines in the 2004 presidential election

 

Search engine marketing - The Federal Trade Commission issued a letter in 2002 about the importance of disclosure of paid advertising on search engines, in response to a complaint from Commercial Alert, a consumer advocacy group with ties to Ralph Nader


2003

Nader announced on December 24, 2003, that he would not seek the Green Party's nomination for president in 2004, but did not rule out running as an independent candidate add something


2004

In other words, he chose to go where the votes were scarcest, jeopardizing his own chances of winning 5 percent of the vote, which he needed to gain federal funds in 2004 add something

 

In the 2004 campaign, Democrats such as Howard Dean and Terry McAuliffe asked that Nader return money donated to his campaign by Republicans who were well-known Bush supporters, such as billionaire Richard Egan add something

 

Nader's 2004 campaign ran on a platform consistent with the Green Party's positions on major issues, such as opposition to the war in Iraq add something

 

Nader's 2004 campaign theme song was "If You Gotta Ask" by Liquid Blue add something

 

Ralph Nader and Democratic candidate John Kerry held a widely publicized meeting early in the 2004 Presidential campaign, which Nader described in "An Unreasonable Man" add something

 

Several days passed and Kerry failed to adopt any of Nader's issues as benchmarks of his campaign, so on February 22, 2004, Nader announced on NBC that he would indeed run for president as an independent, saying, "There's too much power and wealth in too few hands add something

 

Kevin Zeese - He was the spokesman for Ralph Nader's 2004 presidential campaign

 

Independence Party of New York - In 2004 the Independence Party endorsed Ralph Nader in his independent bid for president

 

Mel Watt - In 2004, Ralph Nader attended a meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus, at which Nader clashed with members of the caucus over his presidential bid.

 

Georgism - In the 2004 Presidential campaign, Ralph Nader mentioned Henry George in his policy statements

 

Council for the National Interest - Noteworthy events included a June 2004 event CNI co-sponsored with the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a presentation on The Muslim Vote in 2004" where independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader complained that Muslim Americans are only the latest religious and ethnic group to feel the brunt of political hysteria and abuse and commented about Israeli leaders "The days when the chief Israeli puppeteer comes to the United States and meets with the puppet in the White House and proceeds to Capitol Hill, where he meets with hundreds of other puppets, should be replaced


2006

In the 2006 documentary "An Unreasonable Man", Nader describes how he was unable to get the views of his public interest groups heard in Washington, even by the Clinton Administration add something


2007

In February 2007, Nader criticized Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton as "a panderer and a flatterer add something


2008

Asked on "CNN Late Edition" news program if he would run in 2008, Nader replied, "It's really too early to say add something

 

During his 2008 presidential campaign, Nader appeared on NBC's "Meet The Press", CNBC with John Harwood, CNN with Rick Sanchez, PBS's "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer", and Fox News Channel with Shepard Smith add something

 

He was interviewed by Triumph the Insult Comic Dog on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" in 2008 add something

 

Some Greens started a campaign to draft Nader as their party's 2008 presidential candidate add something

 

After some consideration, Nader announced on February 24, 2008, that he would run for President as an independent add something

 

Jesse Ventura - Despite having been a supporter of third parties as governor and having voted for Ralph Nader in 2008 as a protest vote, although he did vote for John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election, Ventura has since declared he no longer supports the third party movement and advocates that all political parties, including third parties, be abolished

 

Howie Hawkins - During the 2008 Green Party primaries Hawkins served as a placeholder candidate for Ralph Nader on some 2008 Green Party primary ballots, until Nader announced his intentions for the 2008 election

 

Jello Biafra - During the 2008 campaign Jello played at rallies and answered questions for journalists in support of Ralph Nader

 

Gloria La Riva - She was the party's 2008 presidential candidate, and was vying for the nomination of the Peace and Freedom Party in California, but lost the bid to Ralph Nader

 

Mike Gravel - On March 11, 2008, Gravel continued to remain in the Democratic race but additionally endorsed a Green Party candidate for president, Jesse Johnson, saying he wanted to help Johnson prevail against Green Party rivals Cynthia McKinney and Ralph Nader

 

Sean Penn - In August 2008, Penn made an appearance at one of Ralph Nader's "Open the Debates" Super Rallies.

 

Amber Lee Ettinger - In late September 2008 Ettinger made a YouTube video with Independent candidate Ralph Nader in which he argues that he should be included in the debates

 

Tabitha Soren - In October 2008, she interviewed Ralph Nader for C-SPAN


2009

Published in the "Harvard Law Record", December 2009 add something


2010

In December, 2010, Ralph Nader said in an interview that while he had not ruled out the possibility of running for president in 2012, he was encouraging people to identify and help another progressive willing to challenge President Barack Obama in the Democratic Party primaries add something


2012

As the 2012 presidential race evolved, Nader continued to express hope that "outside democrats" would assert themselves to influence it add something

 

In August, 2012, Nader has suggested to vote for Jill Stein or Rocky Anderson add something

 

In August 2012, Nader suggested to vote for Jill Stein or Rocky Anderson add something

 

Justice Party (United States) - They met again to debate on 5 November 2012 this time hosted by Ralph Nader


2013

In 2013, Nader was active on an array of issues, including postponing the retirement of New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera, opening a tort law museum in Connecticut, and protesting the all-you-can-eat food deals at certain baseball stadiums add something

 

In August 2013, he urged Stephen Harper not to allow Verizon to enter Canada's telecom market and complained to Washington, D.C. city officials about poorly positioned No Left Turn signs add something


2015

Patti Smith - On September 26, 2015, Smith appeared with Ralph Nader, spoke and performed the songs "Wing" and "People Have the Power" during the American Museum of Tort Law convocation ceremony in Winsted, Connecticut


2016

Nader has encouraged "modestly enlightened rich people" to run in 2016, arguing "only very rich modestly enlightened people could have a chance to break this introverting cycle of political oligarchy, which unenlightened rich people generally approve of, that sets its own rules, makes its own laws, appoints its own judges and even brazenly forces taxpayers to finance its quadrennial political conventions add something

 

On July 21, 2016, Nader was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame add something

 

Phil Donahue - On May 24 and 25, 2016, Donahue spoke at Ralph Nader's "Breaking Through Power" conference at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.

 

Patti Smith - On May 24, 2016, Smith spoke, read poetry, and performed several songs accompanied by her daughter Jesse at Ralph Nader's "Breaking Through Power" conference at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.