|Source||News for Social Justice Action|
|Nader: Social ills deadlier than terror
By David B. Caruso, Associated Press Writer | September 12, 2004
PHILADELPHIA --Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader told
supporters Saturday that a far larger number of Americans die each year
from poverty, hunger, pollution, dangerous jobs or poor access to
high-quality health care than terrorism.
"Who weeps for these people?" Nader asked before remarking that it would
take a press release from al-Qaida to get Democrats and Republicans to pay
attention to the nation's social ills.
Nader met with about 175 supporters in a Philadelphia church as many
Americans observed the third anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Despite those attacks, Nader said, the United States has "no major enemy"
in the world to fight and called on the major political parties to "end the
politics of fear."
Nader renewed his support for a dramatic increase in the minimum wage,
development of a universal health care system, stricter anti-pollution
rules, and a major reduction in the size of the U.S. military, including a
quick withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq.