Ralph Nader to speak on democracy

March 7, 2008 9:28 a.m.

Consumer activist and Princeton alumnus Ralph Nader will deliver a lecture on democracy at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 8, in McCosh 50 on the Princeton University campus. The speech is being co-sponsored by the Arab Society of Princeton and Princeton Justice Project student groups. The event is free and open to the public.

"The first Arab-American presidential candidate in the history of the United States, Nader is proof that Arab-Americans can make unique and positive contributions to American politics and society," said sophomore Sarah Mousa, president of the Arab Society. "His significant impact as a consumer-rights advocate has arguably made him one of the most influential Americans of our time and his stance on Arab-American civil rights has made him one of few in the political arena to speak for justice on behalf of Arabs."

As a consumer advocate, Nader founded organizations including the Center for Study of Responsive Law, the Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), Public Citizen and The Multinational Monitor monthly magazine.

Nader, an alumnus of the class of 1955, announced last month his campaign for the presidency. He ran previously as the Green Party candidate in 2000 and 2004.

No tickets are required for Nader's talk, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, but all those wishing to attend must show photo identification upon entering. Members of the print media are welcome to attend, but accommodations will not be available for broadcast media.