Rose Nader

Rose Nader (Arabic: روز نادر) (February 7, 1906 – January 20, 2006; born Rose Bouziane) was the mother of U.S. activist, consumer advocate, and frequent third-party candidate, Ralph Nader and community advocate Shafeek Nader. She was a well-known activist in her hometown of Winsted, Connecticut.

Rose Bouziane was born in Zahlé, Lebanon, to a sheep broker and a teacher. She taught high school French and Arabic, as the first woman teacher to teach outside of her hometown, before she married Nathra Nader in 1925. They immigrated to the United States, and soon settled in Winsted, Connecticut, where Nathra's Main Street bakery/restaurant/general store became a place for residents bemoaning actions or inactions at town hall. With her husband, she authored It Happened in the Kitchen: Recipes for Food and Thought ISBN 0-936758-29-5

She confronted U.S. Senator Prescott Bush (R-CT) in 1955, after a catastrophic flood. Bush was approached by Nader at a public gathering, and offered his hand in an obligatory fashion. Mrs. Nader continued to 'shake' his hand, all the while giving him examples of why a dam is needed, until he promised to help a dry-dam proposal move forward. Her request was fulfilled. Later, she advocated building a community center for children, forming a speakers club that would bring worldly lecturers to the town, and expanding and preserving a local health center.

Occasionally, Mrs. Nader used newspaper opinion pages to express her views. Writing in the New York Times in 1982, she denounced the use of "credibility phrases" such as "frankly", "to tell you the truth" and "in all honesty" that sometimes came before a political statement or sales pitch. They gave her "the pervasive feeling that distrust is so widespread that people need to use such language to be believed."

Nader died at the age of 99 on January 20, 2006, from congestive heart failure. Soon after, a memorial was held and her son Ralph was among those who addressed the gathering. In reference to her as a mother, he called her "our anchor, compass and vision." The family of Mrs. Nader gave 100 rosebushes to those of Winsted who have fond memories of Mrs. Nader as a teacher, friend and wonderful person.

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American Museum of Tort Law

The American Museum of Tort Law is a museum developed by Ralph Nader, located in his hometown of Winsted, Connecticut. The museum focuses on topics of civil justice and "aspects of the legal system that handle wrongful actions that result in injury". The museum opened to the public in September 2015. It is the first law museum in the United States.

Concord Principles

Ralph Nader's Concord Principles were offered in 1992 as an invitation to the Presidential candidates to improve civic dialogue and the democratic institutions of the United States.

They are written as 10 pleas intended to avert a trend of corporatism in government, plutocratic influence, banal sloganistic elections, power singularities and a popular sense of political futility in political dialogue.

The list calls for:

More governmental transparency and civic communication for social consensus.

More public control over civic assets such as public lands, airwaves and pension funds.

Strengthened protections from big government and big corporations.

Democratic protections against nullification of voter powers by:

Bold options for "None of the above".

12 year maximum term limits.

Improved voter registration and ballot access.

Public financing of elections.

Binding referendum, initiative and recall powers for state voters and non-binding national referendums.

Checks on Presidential and Congressional pay raises.

Improved taxpayer oversight of public expenditure.

Improving the civic information infrastructure through:

Computerized government records.

Utility company billing as a civic notification process.

Expanded public access television.

Strengthened access to courts to prevent corporate and government abuse.

Protection for whistleblowers.

Shareholder protections against corporate greed.

Strengthening school curriculum in civic participation.

Mona Hanna-Attisha

Mona Hanna-Attisha (born 9 December 1976) is a pediatrician, professor, and public health advocate whose research exposed the Flint water crisis. Her research revealed children were exposed to dangerous levels of lead in Flint, Michigan. She is now the director of an initiative to mitigate the impact of the crisis. She is commonly referred to as "Dr. Mona". She is the author of the 2018 book What the Eyes Don't See, which The New York Times named as one of the 100 most notable books of the year.

Ralph Nader

Ralph Nader (; born February 27, 1934) is an American political activist, author, lecturer, and attorney, noted for his involvement in consumer protection, environmentalism and government reform causes. The son of Lebanese immigrants to the United States, Nader was educated at Princeton and Harvard and first came to prominence in 1965 with the publication of the bestselling book Unsafe at Any Speed, a highly influential critique of the safety record of American automobile manufacturers. Following the publication of Unsafe at Any Speed, Nader led a group of volunteer law students—dubbed "Nader's Raiders"—in an investigation of the Federal Trade Commission, leading directly to that agency's overhaul and reform. In the 1970s, Nader leveraged his growing popularity to establish a number of advocacy and watchdog groups including the Public Interest Research Group, the Center for Auto Safety, and Public Citizen.

Nader's activism has been directly credited with the passage of several landmark pieces of American consumer protection legislation including the Clean Water Act, the Freedom of Information Act, the Consumer Product Safety Act, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the Whistleblower Protection Act, and the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act. He has been repeatedly named to lists of the "100 Most Influential Americans", including those published by Life Magazine, Time Magazine, and The Atlantic, among others.

He ran for President of the United States on several occasions as an independent and third party candidate, using the campaigns to highlight under-reported issues and a perceived need for electoral reform. His 2000 candidacy stirred controversy, with several studies suggesting that Nader's candidacy helped Republican George W. Bush win a close election against Democrat Al Gore. During the election, Nader had stated that he preferred Bush to win over Gore, though the Nader campaign later clarified that the statement was not meant to indicate Bush was a better choice over Gore.A two-time Nieman Fellow, Nader is the author or co-author of more than two dozen books, and was the subject of a documentary film on his life and work, An Unreasonable Man, which debuted at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival.

Shafeek Nader

Shafeek Nader (1926–1986) was the first son of Rose Nader, and older brother of Ralph Nader, Laura Nader and Claire Nader. He was a community advocate and the principal founder of Northwestern Connecticut Community College. After his death in 1986, the Shafeek Nader Trust was created in his honor. Nader was a graduate of the University of Toronto.

The Chemical Feast

The Chemical Feast: Ralph Nader's Study Group Report on the Food and Drug Administration is a 1970 book usually associated with the name of Ralph Nader, who wrote its Introduction, but authored by public interest, regulatory affairs attorney Jim Turner which is critical of the policies and practices of its subject, the United States' Food and Drug Administration.

Winsted, Connecticut

Winsted is a census-designated place and an incorporated city in Litchfield County, Connecticut, United States. It is part of the town of Winchester, Connecticut. The population was 7,321 at the 2000 census.

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