A biographical statement from the Nader.org site.
Ralph Nader is a consumer advocate, lawyer, and author. He was born in Winsted, Connecticut on February 27, 1934. In 1955 Ralph Nader received an AB magna cum laude from Princeton University, and in 1958 he received a LLB with distinction from Harvard University. His career began as a lawyer in Hartford, Connecticut in 1959 and from 1961-63 he lectured on history and government at the University of Hartford.
In 1965-66 he received the Nieman Fellows award and was named one of ten Outstanding Young Men of Year by the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce in 1967. Between 1967-68 he returned to Princeton as a lecturer, and he continues to speak at colleges and universities across the United States.
In his career as consumer advocate he founded many organizations including the Center for Study of Responsive Law, the Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), the Center for Auto Safety, Public Citizen, Clean Water Action Project, the Disability Rights Center, the Pension Rights Center, the Project for Corporate Responsibility and The Multinational Monitor(a monthly magazine)."
Further Biographical Information:
Ralph Nader Biography from the Encyclopedia of the Consumer Movement
The Essential Nader
Websites of Interest
Ralph Nader at Berkshire Community College, April 20, 2007
Website and blogsite of Ralph Nader. Includes biographical, bibliographical and event information by and about consumer and political activist, Ralph Nader, and the organizations he is involved with.
Founded in 1982 by Ralph Nader, "Essential Information is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization. Essential.org is involved in a variety of projects to encourage citizens to become active and engaged in their communities. It provides provocative information to the public on important topics neglected by the mass media and policy makers. Essential Information publishes a monthly magazine, books and reports, sponsors investigative journalism conferences, provides writers with grants to pursue investigations and operate clearing houses which disseminate information to grassroots organizations in the United States and the Third World."
Public Citizen is a national, nonprofit consumer advocacy organization founded by Ralph Nader in 1971 to represent consumer interests in Congress, the executive branch and the courts. Public Citizen fights for openness and democratic accountability in government, for the right of consumers to seek redress in the courts; for clean, safe and sustainable energy sources; for social and economic justice in trade policies; for strong health, safety and environmental protections; and for safe, effective and affordable prescription drugs and health care.
Center for Study of Responsive Law
The website for The Center for Study of Responsive Law (CSRL). CSRL is a nonprofit Ralph Nader organization that supports and conducts a wide variety of research and educational projects to encourage the political, economic and social institutions of this country to be more aware of the needs of the citizen-consumer. The Center publishes a variety of reports on a number of public interest issues. Their projects include the Consumer Project on Technology, the Government Purchasing Project, the Research Conservation Alliance, the Freedom of Information Clearinghouse and the DC Library Renaissance. See project websites listed before for further information.
Consumer Project on Technology
The official site of the Consumer Project on Technology. Founded in 1995 this organization is currently "focusing on issues concerning the production of and access to knowledge, including medical inventions, information and cultural goods, and other knowledge goods. Much of this work concerns intellectual property policy and practices, but some of it concerns different approaches to the production of knowledge goods, including for example new business models that support creative individuals and communities, and new incentive systems for investments in medical and agricultural inventions, such as those involving prizes and/or competitive Intermediaries."
Government Purchasing Project
The Government Purchasing Project (GPP) is dedicated to protecting the environment and human health through market-based strategies. GPP works to encourage the government to use its immense purchasing power to promote safe, cost-effective, energy-efficient, and environmentally-sound products.
Resource Conservation Alliance
Our mission is to protect natural forests through market-based conservation strategies, reducing wood consumption in the United States. Wood demand reduction is an opportunity to create jobs, strengthen communities, and revitalize economies. It can be done by:
• decreasing consumption
• implementing reuse
• improving efficiency
• adopting alternatives
• improving product durability and
• increasing recycling.
Freedom of Information Clearinghouse
The Freedom of Information Clearinghouse is a joint project of Public Citizen Litigation Group and Ralph Nader's Center for Study of Responsive Law. We provide technical and legal assistance to individuals, public interest groups, and the media who seek access to information held by government agencies.
DC Library Renaissance Program
Ralph Nader established the DC Library Renaissance Project in December 2002 to help raise awareness of the steady decline of the DC Library System due to systematic budget cuts.
More Sites of organizations begun by or with the help of Ralph Nader.
MORE SITES OF INTEREST
"BAN is the world's only organization focused on confronting the excesses of unbridled free trade in the form of "Toxic Trade" (trade in toxic wastes, toxic products and toxic technologies) and its devastating impact on global environmental justice. Working at the nexus of human rights and environment, BAN confront the issues of environmental justice at a macro level, preventing disproportionate dumping of the world's toxic waste and pollution on our global village's poorest residents. Further, it promote sustainable and just solutions to our consumption and waste crises."
Center for Advancement of Public Policy
"The Center for Advancement of Public Policy fosters equitable, democratic, and humane management in government, corporations, and other organizations; seeks the elimination of prejudice, sexism, and discrimination in the workplace and in society; and promotes democratic government through research, investigation and education. It serves as an independent and nonpartisan resource to members of Congress, the press, advocacy organizations, community leaders, employee groups, corporate managers, and consumers."
Center for Auto Safety
"Consumers Union and Ralph Nader founded the Center for Auto Safety (CAS) in 1970 to provide consumers a voice for auto safety and quality in Washington and to help lemon owners fight back across the country. CAS has a small budget but a big impact on the auto industry. With less than half what General Motors spends on a single Super Bowl commercial, CAS has taken on the auto giants and won for consumers."
Center for Health, Environment and Justice
"The Center for Health, Environment and Justice (CHEJ) is the only national environmental organization that was founded and is led by a grassroots leader. Lois Gibbs founded CHEJ after winning the nation's first community relocation of 900 families due to a leaking toxic waste dump in Love Canal, New York. Through this effort she also woke up the nation to recognize the link between people's exposures to dangerous chemicals in the community setting and serious public health impacts."
Center for Insurance Research
"The Center for Insurance Research, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, provides an independent voice for reform in debates about insurance, banks, financial services companies and related public policy issues around the nation. CIR focuses on national and state issues of insurance and financial services regulation in a range of areas including: mutual conversions, health care, illegal discrimination, insurance accessibility, cost reduction, quality assurance, disclosure, corporate and regulatory accountability."
"The Citizen Advocacy is a non-profit, non-partisan community legal organization dedicated to building democracy for the 21st century. Center community lawyers and volunteers focus on strengthening the citizenry's capacity and motivation to participate in civic affairs, building community resources, and improving democratic protocols within our community institutions. Through public education, community organizing, issue advocacy, and precedent-setting litigation in state and federal courts, the Center forges ahead with programs to advance civic life. The Center is a free public resource to the community."
A project of Essentials.org, this site is a parody of General Electric's site, created by critics of GE's environmental and corporate policies. An absolutely essential view for anyone whose community has been affected by PCB's and other pollutants caused by GE.
Commercial Alert is a non-profit organization whose mission is to "keep the commercial culture within its proper sphere, and to prevent it from exploiting children and subverting the higher values of family, community, environmental integrity and democracy."
"The Community Lawyer is a non-profit advocacy project. Since 1989, this organization has provided a free, non-partisan legal resource for concerned citizens in the Winchester, Connecticut area." An interesting and useful site for other communities as well.
Death Penalty Information Center
"The Death Penalty Information Center is a non-profit organization serving the media and the public with analysis and information on issues concerning capital punishment. The Center was founded in 1990 and prepares in-depth reports, issues press releases, conducts briefings for journalists, and serves as a resource to those working on this issue. The Center is widely quoted and consulted by all those concerned with the death penalty."
The Fluoride Action Network
"The Fluoride Action Network is an international coalition seeking to broaden public awareness about the toxicity of fluoride compounds and the health impacts of current fluoride exposures. Along with providing comprehensive and up-to-date information on fluoride issues to citizens, scientists, and policymakers alike, FAN remains vigilant in monitoring government agency actions that may impact the public's exposure to fluoride."
League of Fans
"League of Fans is a sports reform project founded by Ralph Nader to encourage social & civic responsibility; local & global awareness; citizen & fan friendliness; health, safety & inclusiveness in sports culture."
Recent Interviews with Ralph Nader Online
Interview with Mother Jones, Koshlan Mayer-Blackwell, March 14, 2007
Interview with Meredith Meredith Vieira, Today Show
CNN Late Night Edition: Interview with Ralph Nader and Wolf Blitzer
An Unreasonable Man Documentary
"An Unreasonable Man" Official Website
Official website of the recent documentary about Ralph Nader. Lauded at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, An Unreasonable Man traces the life and career of Ralph Nader, one of the most unique, important, and controversial political figures of the past half century, through interviews and archival footage. A O Scott, of the New York Times called it "A PROBING AND INFORMATIVE DOCUMENTARY."
Ralph Nader on Why He Might Run In 2008, the Iraq War & the New Documentary "An Unreasonable Man"
Democracy Rising interview with Ralph Nader on the film, the Iraq War and the Presidency.