Jul 8, 2017 • 57M

Fighting For Justice/Protecting Endangered Species

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Ralph Nader
Ralph Nader talks about what’s happening in America, what’s happening around the world, and most importantly what’s happening underneath it all.
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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