2017 Past Events...

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

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

Wednesday, December 13th

Rock County Progressives Present an Educational Forum




“Corporate subsides like Foxconn are unfair, unpopular, undemocratic and unaccountable.”




  • Rep. Jimmy Anderson
    • Rep. Jimmy Anderson is a Freshman Democrat in the Wisconsin Assembly. He represents the 47th District including the cities of Fitchburg, Monona, and parts of Madison, as well as the Village of McFarland, Town of Dunn, parts of the Town of Madison, Cottage Grove, and Blooming Grove. Rep. Anderson also works on healthcare policy including the BadgerCare Buy-in, cost controls, and pushing for the Federal Medicaid Expansion. His goal is to insure every person in the state of Wisconsin. Rep. Anderson lives in Fitchburg with his wife Ashley, a veterinarian, and their two dogs, three cats, two rabbits, fish, and a gecko.
    • Rep. Anderson's Cap times article. " “Corporate subsides like Foxconn are unfair, unpopular, undemocratic and unaccountable.”
    • Another Cap Times article: "Spencer Black: Foxconn deal would set terrible precedent on environment"


Wednesday, November 8th

Rock County Progressives Present an Educational Forum








  • Joel Rogers
    • Joel Rogers will speak on the formation of “Wisconsin Choice,” a joint campaign of Our Wisconsin Revolution (OWR), Citizen Action of Wisconsin, and Wisconsin Working Families Party. It’s goal is to “elevate progressive issues and the qualities the people want to see in our next governor and elected leaders.” Wisconsin’s Choice seeks “to involve hundreds of thousands of citizens in every corner of the state in determining Wisconsin’s future.”
    • Check out:"WisPolitics.com"
    • Here's a video, from the Our Wisconsin Facebook page, on the formation and goals of Wisconsin's Choice , that includes Joel rodgers:
    • “Joel Rogers is the Sewell-Bascom Professor of Law, Political Science, Public Affairs, and Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he also directs COWS, the national high-road strategy center. Rogers has written widely on American politics and democratic theory. Along with many articles, his books include The Hidden Election, On Democracy, Right Turn, Metro Futures, Associations and Democracy, Works Councils, Working Capital, What Workers Want, Cites at Work, and American Society. Joel is an active citizen as well as academic. He has worked with and advised many politicians and social movement leaders, initiated and helped operate several progressive NGOs (including the New Party, Economic Analysis Research Network, Apollo Alliance, Emerald Cities Collaborative, and State Innovation Exchange). He is a contributing editor of The Nation and Boston Review, a MacArthur Foundation Fellow, and identified by Newsweek as one of the 100 living Americans most likely to shape U.S. politics and culture in the 21st century.”
    • Joel's COWS director page


Wednesday, September 13th

Rock County Progressives Present an Educational Forum



Building Local

Food Systems




  • Tom Spaulding of Angelic Organics
    • Angelic Organics Learning Center was established as a 501(c)(3) non-profit and partner to Angelic Organics farm in 1999. Executive Director, Tom Spaulding, and his wife, Neddy Astudillo, joined forces with Biodynamic farmer, John Peterson, and a team of farmers/volunteers to foster a vibrant local food economy. They offer workshops, coordinate the Upper Midwest CRAFT farmer training alliance, and educational programs in Chicago and Rockford.
    • Angelic Organics Learning Center now reaches more than 5,000 people annually and has graduated more than 250 sustainable farmers. Upper Midwest CRAFT includes more than 100 sustainable farms, coordinates urban growing, cooking and leadership programs and works to transform local, state and federal policies. Farm tours and customized programs are available for children, adults, schools and community groups. And a newly renovated lodge is almost open!
    • Tom Spaulding, Executive Director, of AOLC, in Caledonia, IL, has provided leadership since 1999. Tom has an MA in international economic development, has led educational initiatives for than 25 years, has managed federal grants from USAID, USDA and other agencies since 1988, and has worked on and managed rural and urban farm enterprises in Latin America.


Wednesday, Aug. 9,2017

Rock County Progressives Invite You to

Our Annual:


Pot Luck Picinic

Soda and Brats Provided!





Progressive Values




Wednesday, July 12th

Rock County Progressives Present an Educational Forum



Health Care




  • Rep. Debra Kolste
    • State Assembly rep for the 44th (Janesville) district.
    • She is on the Committee on Health.
    • She co-authors the Democrats’ Health Care Protection Package (see more below). A 'proactive bills' that 'would safeguard Wisconsinites from a damaging GOP healthcare bill.
    • Visit Rep Kolste's website
  • Dr. Katherine Gaulke
    • Dr. Katherine Gaulke is Executive Director of WAFCC (The Wisconsin Association of Free and Charitable Clinics)
    • ‘She has traveled Wisconsin informing communities, libraries, services clubs, small businesses, & nonprofit organizations about the ACA and the health care gaps that remain.’
    • See her WAFCC bio


  • The Democrats’ Health Care Protection Package:
    • See PDF here
    • “It is clear that Wisconsin cannot count on Republicans at the federal and state level to improve our health care system,” said Rep. Kolate a day after the American Health Care Act (AHCA) was passed in the House, Governor Walker indicated his willingness to allow insurance companies to charge Wisconsinites with pre-existing conditions more for their coverage.’’
    • The Health Care Protection Package includes: Prohibiting lifetime and annual limits under health insurance policies and plans. Prohibiting pre-existing condition exclusion and rate setting based on preexisting conditions. Requiring coverage and prohibiting cost sharing for preventive services under health insurance policies and plans Coverage of certain essential health benefits Maintaining access to reimbursements to family planning providers in the Medical Assistance Program


Wednesday, June 14th

Rock County Progressives Present an Educational Forum











May 10th

Rock County Progressives Present an Educational Forum









  • Matt Rothschild
    • Matthew Rothschild is the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, an organization which advocates for clean and open government
    • The Wisconsin Democracy Campaign just published on its website a handy resource: “Fascism: A Guide for Study and Resistance
    • Matt has appeared on Nightline, NPR, C-SPAN, and the O’Reilly Factor.
    • She was elected in 2012 to represent the 48th Assembly district, winning with 83% of the vote. The 48th Assembly District is made up of the north and east sides of Madison and the Village of Maple Bluff.
    • His opinion pieces have run in the Chicago Tribune, the LA Times, the Miami Herald and a host of other newspapers including the Cap Times:‘Matt Rothschild: Trump, the fascist?’
    • Prior to joining the Democracy Campaign at the start of 2015, Matt worked at The Progressive magazine for 32 years. For most of those, he was the editor and publisher of The Progressive.
    • While there, he wrote a book entitled You Have No Rights: Stories of America in an Age of Repression. And he edited an anthology called Democracy in Print: The Best of The Progressive, 1909-2009.


April 12th

Rock County Progressives Present an Educational Forum




Progressive Agenda

and the





  • Melissa Sargent
    • Melissa Sargent has written for the Cap Times, including “What Progressives Stand For,” arguing progressives must still fight for for public education, marijuana legalization, universal background checks for all gun purchases, strong environmental protections, and raising minimum wages.
    • “Now is not the time to cut and run, or abandon what we believe in our core — that a government works best when it is working for the betterment of its people.”
    • Melissa Sargent was born and raised in Madison. She owns and manages OPA Color, LLC, a small business dedicated to high quality art reproduction utilizing Giclee printing.(www.opacolor.com)
    • She was elected in 2012 to represent the 48th Assembly district, winning with 83% of the vote. The 48th Assembly District is made up of the north and east sides of Madison and the Village of Maple Bluff.
    • Melissa was elected by the incoming Democratic freshman as co-chair of the Freshman Democratic Caucus. She serves on 6 legislative committees including: Energy and Utilities, Aging and Long Term Care, Mental Health Reform, Financial Institutions, Small Business Development, Joint Legislative Audit Committee. ​
    • She has been a member Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters, Sierra Club, NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin, River Alliance, She was also a founding member of MRFY, an advocacy group for homeless, unaccompanied youth.
    • She is married to Justin Sargent, the chief of staff for Wisconsin State Senator Chris Larson.


March 8th

Rock County Progressives Present an Educational Forum











  • Bill Lueders
    • Bill Lueders is associate editor at The Progressive magazine.
    • Previously he was the Money and Politics Project Director for the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism for four years; there he wrote a weekly column that appeared in newspapers statewide.
    • Prior to that, he was the news editor of Isthmus weekly newspaper in Madison for 25 years.”
    • Check out Bill's website: http://billlueders.com/


February 6th

Rock County Progressives Present an Educational Forum



What is




Bernie Sanders’s incredible success showed that America is ready for alternatives, open to having a democratic socialist as president! Yet many do not know what it means. So we asked a representative of one of the largest such groups in the US, of which Bernie is a member, the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA).



  • Marc Silberman
    • Representing the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA)
    • Marc Silberman has been a long-term member of the DSA. He moved to Madison in 1989, joining the UW faculty in the Dept. of German, and becoming active in the Madison Area DSA chapter.


January 11th

Rock County Progressives Present an Educational Forum





Climate Change




  • Dick Smith
    • of the Citizens Climate Lobby
    • Dick is a retired judge with a 40-year career in state government.
    • In trips to Washington to lobby on climate change, he’'s met with dozens of members of Congress and their staff.
    • “Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots advocacy organization which supports the power of the people rather than asking people to give power to headquarters. We are laser focused both on a specific piece of legislation and a proven strategy to gain its passage. Our plan, Carbon Fee and Dividend, is the one climate change solution economists and climate scientists alike say is the ‘best first-step’ to preventing the worst impacts of a warming world.”


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.