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Hand Ralph a Hat

Posted on September 22, 2000

On Thursday, September 14, HIA Board Member Mari Kane met Ralph Nader at an appearance at San Francisco’s VoteNader campaign office. There, Mari formally announced the HIA’s endorsement of Mr. Nader and presented him with an HIA logo hemp hat, which he then wore proudly.

The HIA is asking its membership around the country to do the same!

If you can attend any of the following Nader rallies, we encourage you to present Ralph with a hemp hat (your logo?) and to publicly thank him for his support of the hemp industry. (A hug or other appropriate display of affection might embellish the photo op.)

Important Note: Don’t forget to size the hat before you hand it to him, so that it slips on his head more easily.

This presentation can be done spontaneously, but we suggest you first contact the local Nader people to coordinate it. Call the HIA office 707-874-3648 to coordinate with Nader’s national agricultural organizer (Kevin Webb). Please try to get the media’s attention when you approach Nader, and try to get a photo of yourself with Nader wearing the hat! Send a copy to the HIA office and we’ll upload it to the HIA website.

This kind of action produces very positive results:

  1. Calls attention to the Hemp Industries Association’s endorsement of Nader (his first by an “industry”);
  2. Steers Nader to discuss one of his new favorite topics;
  3. Promotes your hemp business;
  4. Gives you an opportunity to promote Vote Hemp’s Voter Guide and hemp in general.
  5. Gives you and the industry exposure to the media.

As part of the HIA’s endorsement of Nader, the HIA Board and Vote Hemp are strongly encouraging attendance of Nader’s rallies by HIA members. The HIA needs to have a visible presence at each and every one of Nader’s gigs to remind voters that Nader is Pro-Hemp. Please mark your calendars to promote hemp at the following events. After September 24, be sure to download and copy the Vote Hemp Voter Guide from for distribution at Nader’s and other political rallies.

Please help get Nader into the debates and into double-digit poll figures!

Only 50 shopping days till the election!

Keep up with the Ralph on the Road schedule at

Friday, September 22 Minneapolis, MN
5:30 PM – Reception with Ralph Nader and Winona LaDuke
Target Center Hospitality Suite
$100 Contribution, for more info and to RSVP

The Target Center – SUPER RALLY
9 PM (Eastern)—Live on CSPAN
Ralph Nader and Winona LaDuke
with Special Guests Michael Moore and Granny D.
600 First Avenue North (downtown Minneapolis)
Doors open 5 PM. Event begins 7 PM
Minimum donation: $7

To order tickets by phone: (612) 332-7170
To buy in person: 1029 Washington Ave South, 55415
Tickets are also available at: First Avenue Ticket Outlets
For more info,

Saturday, Sept. 23 Seattle, WA
5:30 to 7 PM. – Reception with Ralph Nader & Jim Hightower
Private Room at Key Arena Seattle, WA
$100 Contribution

The Key Arena – SUPER RALLY
Ralph Nader with Jim Hightower
Doors open 5 PM. Event starts 7 PM
Minimum donation $10

To order tickets by phone and information: (206) 329-2441
To buy in person: 2215 E. Union Street (23rd and Union)
Visit the Seattle Super Rally Webpage!

Tuesday, Sept 26 Pittsburgh, PA
3:00 – 5:00 PM – Dinner and reception with Ralph Nader
Unitarian Universalist Church, Shadyside
$100 Contribution
RSVP to Paul Colaiaco, 412-951-6181

Sunday, October 1 Boston, MA
The Fleet Center – SUPER RALLY
“Let Ralph Debate”
Ralph Nader, Michael Moore, and Howard Zinn
Doors open 12:30 PM. Event starts 2 PM
Minimum donation $10

To order tickets by phone: (617) 995-2595
Ticket Office: 1 Davis Square, 2nd Floor, Somerville

Tuesday, October 3 Boston, MA
First Presidential Debate
John F. Kennedy Library at University of Massachusetts
Free the Speech: Open the Debates

Wednesday October 11 Winston-Salem, NC
Second Presidential Debate
Wake Forest University
Free the Speech: Open the Debates

Tuesday, October 17 St. Louis, MO
Third Presidential Debate
Washington University
Free the Speech: Open the Debates

Tuesday, November 7 – Your Home Town!
Election Day – Register to Vote!

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