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Swan Productions,LLC
P.O. Box 3451
Manhattan Beach,
CA  90266
Tues. March 13, 2001
8:00 p.m.
Mon. March 12, 2001
Chosen by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential American’s of the 20th century, 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 which threaten a free and safe society.

This consumer advocate, lawyer and author was born in Winsted, Connecticut on February 27, 1934.  Nader received an AB magna cum laude from Princeton University in 1955 and in 1958, he received an LLB from Harvard University.   He began his career as a lawyer in Hartford, Connecticut in 1959.

In 1965, Nader took on the Goliath of the auto industry with his book, Unsafe at Any Speed, a shocking expose of the disregard car makers held for the safety of their customers.  The Senate hearing into Nader’s accusations and the motor vehicle 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), and the Consumer Product Safety Commission.  Laws he helped draft and pass include the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Meat and Poultry Inspection rules, and the Freedom of Information Act.

Believing that Republicans and Democrats are so close ideologically and too heavily subsidized by corporate donors, he calls them tweedle-dee and tweedle-dum.  Nader organized presidential campaigns in 1992, 1996 and most recently accepted the Green Party nomination for that party’s 2000 bid.  His goal is to build the foundation of a third political party that rallies around issues rather than colorful figureheads. His best-selling books include Winning the Insurance Game, Why Women Pay More, and Getting the Best of Your Doctor.

Nader is listened to intently by both private and corporate audiences.  Years after they graduate, college students tell him how his lectures changed their lives.  His 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 pain prevented, misery avoided and injustice decline.”



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