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Fairfax, VA: Ralph Nader Sunday, Oct 12 at George Mason University

Sunday, October 12, 2008 at 12:00:00 AM

News Advisory
Contact: Ryan Mehta, 408-348-0681, rmehta@votenader.org


WHO: Ralph Nader

WHAT: Press Conference and Rally

WHEN: Sunday, October 12 at 5 and 5:30 p.m., respectively

WHERE: News conference in VIP II, Rally in Ballroom, George Mason University, 10423 Rivanna River Way, Fairfax, VA 22030

On Sunday, October 12 at 5 p.m. Ralph Nader will hold a press conference in the VIP II room of the Student Union II, followed by a 5:30 p.m. rally in the Ballroom at George Mason University, 10423 Rivanna River Way, Fairfax, VA 22030

Nader/Gonzalez stands with the local Virginian activists opposing Dominion Virginia Power’s construction of a new coal-fired power plant outside St. Paul, Virginia. Last month, police arrested 11 opponents of the plant outside the energy company’s offices where dozens of local demonstrators, including a teacher, nurse, retired coal miner and a Vietnam veteran dutifully spoke out against the dirty and dangerous proposition threatening the community. 65,000 Americans die each year from air pollution and 100,000 Americans die from occupational toxic exposures and cruel environmental racism where low-income Americans bear the brunt of dangerous corporate development. Nader/Gonzalez warns that construction of these wasteful and hazardous coal plants will wreak further havoc on health and the environment, especially in a region of Virginia with already high rates of asthma.

Dominion Virginia Power has in large part been able to secure approval for the power plant, as well as the controversial new power lines set to be erected 65-miles across Virginia which Nader/Gonzalez opposes, because of the state’s weak regulatory commission. The State Corporate Commission, whose intended purpose is to regulate industry and ensure corporate accountability, has been thoroughly disassembled over the past decade by the state’s general assembly at the behest of Dominion through the company’s powerful lobby. The consequences of this deregulation has helped Dominion keep a monopoly over the industry enabling the company to artificially inflate energy prices. Nader/Gonzalez calls on the Virginia legislature to re-install appropriate authority to the regulatory commission to protect Virginians from menacing corporations like Dominion.

Mr. Nader will also address these and many other critical issues the major party candidates have taken "off the table" that the Nader/Gonzalez Campaign has put on the table, including:

- a plan to reverse the $700 billion bailout and protect homeowners;
- a comprehensive, negotiated military and corporate withdrawal date from Iraq;
- a single-payer, 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."

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 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.

For more information on the Nader/Gonzalez campaign, visit: votenader.org.