Ralph Nader is coming

Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader and his running mate, former San Francisco Supervisor Matt Gonzalez, will be campaigning this weekend in Northern California.

They’ve got a rally scheduled for 8 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, Aug. 2, at the Varsity Theater, 616 Second St. in Davis; a $10 contribution ($5 for students) will be asked at the door.

On Sunday, they’ll hold a 1 p.m. news conference followed by a 1:30 p.m. rally at the Sebastopol Community Center, 390 Morris St.; the same entry contributions apply. Later Sunday, they’ll visit Copperfield’s Books, at 104 Matheson St. in Healdsburg, at 4:30 p.m. for a book-signing and speaking event. And they’ll finish the day with a 7 p.m. news conference and 7:30 p.m. campaign rally at the College of Marin’s Olney Hall, 835 College Ave. in Kentfield; again, it’s $10 at the door, $5 for students.

For more information on any of these events, contact events@votenader.org.

Nader and Gonzalez intend to speak about initiatives they say the major-party candidates have taken off the table, including (in their words):

  • 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.”
  • Josh Richman

    Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.