Mitchell’s guest is attorney, activist and politician Ralph Nader. Ralph is an auto-safety reformer and consumer advocate on national renown. He has run for president several times, as a candidate for the Green Party.
Nader’s testimony before the Senate also set in motion Congressional action on automobile safety, and in September 1966 President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the National Traffic and nader breaking through powerMotor Vehicle Safety Act. This law created the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which oversees federal safety standards for automobiles and is authorized to impose recalls for unsafe vehicles. In 1967, in a throwback to Upton Sinclair, Nader also initiated a campaign that led to the passage of the 1967 Wholesome Meat Act, which imposed federal standards on slaughterhouses.
In the late 1960s and mid-1970s, Ralph Nader mobilized college students to form Public Interest Research Groups (PIRG), which aided his investigations in public policy and effective government regulation. His professional associates, sometimes referred to derisively as “Nader’s Raiders,” published reports on a wide range of subjects, including baby food, insecticides, mercury poisoning and coal-mine safety. Nader also founded the Center for Responsive Law in 1968 and Public Citizen Inc. in 1971. Idealistic and modest, he became known among his associates for his Spartan personal habits and long working hours.
Ralph was part of the Conscious Politics Roundtable discussion on A Better World Radio in 2012 with Rep. Dennis Kucinich, Barbara Marx Hubbard (the first female VP candidate to ever run) and Rocky Anderson, when Rocky was running for President in the Justice Party. Listen here: http://abetterworld.tv/evolutionary-politics-roundtable-dennis-kucinich-rocky-anderson-barbara-marx-hubbard/