Nader to campaign in Santa Fe

The following is a media release from the Nader presidential campaign:

August 24, 2008
Contact: Chris Driscoll, 202-360-3273, [email protected] (national); Marc Black, 505-982-3928, [email protected] (local)


On Tues. Aug. 26, at 5 p.m., Ralph Nader and running mate Matt Gonzalez will host a news conference at the College of Santa Fe, in the Southwest Annex of The Forum (between the Library and the Greer Garson Theater) followed by a 5:30 p.m. campaign rally at the main venue of The Forum. College of Santa Fe is located at: 1600 St. Michael’s Dr, Santa Fe, NM 87505. A contribution of $10 ($5 students) will be asked at the door. For more information, call local coordinator Marc Black at 505-982-3928, or email: [email protected]

Nader and Gonzalez will touch on issues pertinent to New Mexico such as the proposed Desert Rock Coal Plant set to be built next year 30 miles southwest of Farmington in the northeastern section of the state. They will also comment on the recent agreement between El Capitan Precious Metals and the US Forest Service to permit the drilling of 112 exploration holes in Lincoln National Forest as part of the company’s plan to mine gold on 2,000 acres of national forest in Lincoln County.

In addition, the candidates will address critical issues the major party candidates have taken “off the table” that the Nader/Gonzalez campaign has put on the table, including:

- a comprehensive, negotiated military and corporate withdrawal date from Iraq; - a single-payer, Canadian-style, private delivery, free-choice public health insurance system for all; - a living wage and repeal of the anti-union Taft-Hartley Act; - a no-nuke, solar-based energy policy supported by renewable, sustainable, energy-efficient sources; - a carbon tax to deter global warming; - an end to the corporate welfare and corporate crime that has resulted in millions losing pensions, savings and jobs and squandered tax dollars; and, - more direct democracy reflecting the preamble to our constitution which starts with “we the people,” and not “we the corporations.”

WHO: Independent Presidential Candidate Ralph Nader with Running Mate Matt Gonzalez
WHAT: News Conference and Rally
WHEN: 5 p.m. News Conference followed by 5:30 p.m. Rally, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2008
WHERE: News Conference at SW Annex of The Forum (between the Library and the Greer Garson Theater). Rally at main venue of The Forum, College of Santa
Fe, 1600 St. Michael’s Dr, Santa Fe, NM 87505.

About Ralph Nader
Attorney, author, and consumer advocate Ralph Nader has been named by Time magazine one of the “100 Most Influential Americans in the 20th Century.” For more than four decades he has exposed problems and organized millions of citizens into more than 100 public interest groups advocating solutions. He led the movement to establish the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and was instrumental in enacting the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Motor Vehicle Safety Act, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and countless other pieces of important consumer legislation. Because of Ralph Nader we drive safer cars, eat healthier food, breathe better air, drink cleaner water, and work in safer environments. Nader graduated from Princeton University and received an LL.B from Harvard Law School.

About Matt Gonzalez
Matt Gonzalez was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 2000 representing San Francisco’s fifth council district. From 2003 to 2005, he served as Board of Supervisors President. A former public defender, Gonzalez is managing partner of Gonzalez & Leigh, a 7-attorney practice in San Francisco that represents individuals and organizations in mediation, arbitration, and administrative proceedings before state and federal regulatory bodies. Gonzalez graduated from Columbia University and received a JD from Stanford Law School.

About the Nader/Gonzalez Campaign
According to a CNN-Opinion Research Corp. poll conducted from July 27-29, Ralph Nader is at 6 percent nationally (equivalent to about 10 million eligible voters), higher than his highest major poll numbers during the same time period in 2000 and approaching the 10 percent threshold required for eligibility to participate in “America’s Presidential Debate in New Orleans,” a Google-sponsored event scheduled for September 18. In the key swing state of Michigan—whose Democratic voters were partially disenfranchised by the Democratic National Committee—an EPIC-MRA poll found Nader at 8-10 percent.

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