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Fighting For Justice/Protecting Endangered Species

Ralph talks to Edgar Cahn about the Legal Services Corporation, which makes thousands of lawyers available to low income Americans; and Leda Huta executive director of the Endangered Species Coalition joins us to tell us why we should care about endangered species.  Plus, Ralph answers your questions!

 Edgar S. Cahn  is the co-founder of National Legal Services , which was the progenitor for the Legal Services Corporation, an independent nonprofit established by Congress in 1974 to provide financial support for civil legal aid to low-income Americans. He is also a supporter of Voices for
Civil Justice.


Establish justice was number two objective after forming a more perfect union.  I think they’re trying to get us to forget that these are the founding principals of this country.  And for this country to realize its potential as a more perfect union, we need to forget that we have rights, and we need to forget that we have the ability to use the legal system not just simply as a means of expropriation but as a means of advancing toward justice.” Edgar Cahn on the potential zeroing out of the Legal Services Corporation in the Trump budge

Leda Huta is the executive director of the Endangered Species Coalition, a national network of hundreds of conservation, scientific, education, religious, sporting. Outdoor recreation, business and community organizations working to protect the United states disappearing wildlife and last remaining wild places. She recently wrote a letter to the both Republican and Democratic leaders in support of the Act.


“It has brought 99% of species back from extinction and has been recovering all of these species in an incredible way. We have wonderful success stories, such as the bald eagle, the American alligator, the brown pelican, the humpback whale.  All of these species are coming back thanks to the Endangered Species Act.  It’s really been one of the most effective laws in the country and in the world in terms of saving biodiversity.” Leda Huta executive director of The Endangered Species Coalition


  1. Bruce K. says:

    Thank you very much for this consistently excellent radio show/podcast.
    I am concerned about PBS and the slowly creeping dishonest right wing access.

  2. Bruce K. says:

    I heard the question being asked about what is the mindset of these Republicans. I would recommend that you have Nancy MacLean on your show to talk about her new book “Democracy In Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America”. I don’t think this is the Republicans, I think it is a right-wing “stealth” project to defund and defraud Americans into giving up their country to people with tons and tons of money.

  3. Dale W says:

    Would corporate manslaughter laws help curb the legal erosion of consumer rights and the rise of corporatized government? Does the aggregation doctrine serve the same purpose or is it too difficult to prove? I understand that England and Whales have a corporate manslaughter law. In light of the Grenfell tower fires (London), government and private businesses may be prosecuted for corporate manslaughter. The US needs to catch up soon.