2014 Past Events...

We organize a free public forum, generally monthly. Join us to listen and discuss current issues with our knowledgeable speakers.

See our next event here.

We would like to thank Vicki Solomon-McClain for the videos. Check Vicki's Youtube channel for more interesting content.

Wednesday, December 10th

Rock County Progressives Present an Educational Film









If time allows there will be discusion after the film.


Read the Mother Jones story on how PBS snubbed the showing of this documentary.

Wednesday, Nov12th

Rock County Progressives Present an Educational Forum


Media Reform Politics:

The New Imperatives



  • Robert McChesney
    • Gutgsell Endowed Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois. Robert's website.
    • Author of Digital Disconnect:
      How Capitalism is Turning the Internet Against Democracy.
    • Co-author with John Nichols of
      Dollarocracy: How the Money-and-Media-Election Complex is Destroying America.
    • Utne Reader in 2008 listed him as one of their ’50 visionaries who are changing the world.’
    • From Utne Reader:

      Media Warriors
      David S. Bennahum, president and CEO, Center for Independent Media
      Robert McChesney, cofounder, Free Press

      Anyone who’s seen the news has witnessed what media scholar Robert McChesney calls the “absolutely deplorable coverage of politics in the United States.” Over the past decade, McChesney has written exhaustively about the need for media reform, and in 2002 he cofounded Free Press. The group, which is the largest of its kind, battles conglomeration and corporate bias, and it celebrates and defends local, community-owned newspapers, indie magazines, small-scale websites, and citizen bloggers. Its greatest victory to date: successfully pressuring Congress and the FCC to keep the Internet neutral.

      Political forces are still conspiring to restrict what is now a free and open Internet, however, just as Big Media conspires to distract us. Which is why we’re in need of creative solutions, says McChesney, “so we can actually have the information we need to govern our lives. Right now we’re not getting it.”

      While McChesney battles in the corridors of power, David S. Bennahum, who founded the Center for Independent Media, is overseeing independent, local news websites in five states that endeavor to sift fact from fiction and deliver unbiased reportage. Bennahum says independent media will continue to play a critical role in shaping our democracy, especially as the mainstream stubbornly clings to its old ways and parrots party propaganda instead of going deep for the truth. For an example of this ethic in action, check out the center’s dogged coverage, via the Minnesota Independent (www.minnesotaindependent.com), detailing police reaction and overreaction to protesters at the Republican National Convention.

      Bennahum aims to expand into more states, deepen the scope of the center’s sites, and, as media continue to branch out digitally, reset the standard for online reportage.


Wednesday, Oct 8th

Rock County Progressives Present an Educational Forum



Voter ID

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  • Andrea Kaminski
    • Executive director ofthe League of Women Voters of WI
    • Capital Times article with Andrea.
    • League of Women Voters website.

Wednesday, Sept 10th

Rock County Progressives Present...

                 an Educational Movie & Forum




“Mining Standoff”


A short film about the proposed mine in the Penokee Hills of northern Wisconsin



Movie production company:

  • 371 Productions
    • Their movie website.
    • Also made the emmy-nominated ‘As Goes Janesville’



  • Devon Cupery
    • Producer at 371 Productions
    • Lead researcher for 371’s BizVizz project, the first mobile app to make corporate tax & campaign finance data accessible
  • Senator Tim Cullen
    • Represents District 15 (Janesville Area)
    • Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Mining.

August 14, 2014 Picnic:

Celebrating Progressive Values



July 9, 2014 Forum:

Raising the Minimum Wage




June 11, 2014 Forum:

Meet the Candidates for WI 45th Assembly District

Candidate Speakers:


Part 1 Sheila Deforest at the Forum :

Part 2 Marc Spreitzer at the Forum :

Part 3 Q&A at the Forum :


May 14, 2014 Forum:

Raising the Minimum Wage



Part 1 Corey Mason at the Forum :

Part 2 Carlos Miranda at the Forum :

Part 3 Q&A at the Forum :


April 9, 2014 Forum:

Voter Suppression in WI




March 12, 2014 Forum:

Meet the Candidates for WI Attorney General

Candidate Speakers:


Part 1 Ismael Ozanne at the Forum :

Part 2 Jon Richards at the Forum :

Part 3 Q&A at the Forum :


February 12, 2014 Forum:

Danger for Democracy In Wisconsin



Videos of Mike McCabe at our forum below:

Be sure to hear Mike's fascinating ideas on our two party system and how we are due for a dramatic change in the Democratic Party!

Part 1

Part 2:

Part 3: Q and A

Part 4: Q and A

January 8, 2014 Forum:

Showing of the Documentary:

"We are Wisconsin"

Calls Us to Action

Jefferson Memorial

You can find these words of
his inside the Memorial.

"I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions, but laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, more discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy, as civilized society to remain even under the regiment of their barbarous ancestors."

         Thomas Jefferson

This mural is located in Beloit, near 500 Pleasent St., on the side of the old Ironworks building facing the Rock River.
It is a great tribute to the laborers of the 20th century.