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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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

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  • 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.

For website information or to report problems contact: Zuberson Web