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Wednesday, December 10, 2018

Rock County Progressives Present an Educational Forum




Duck Soup


The Marx Brothers



Attention Groucho Marxists! In these dark times there a moments when you just need a good laugh, join us for what many believe is the funniest of the Marx Brothers' films, the classic ...

  • Intro:
    • Set in the country of 'Freedonia,' against the backdrop of rising fascism and war, this film is especially relevant during the current lame DUCK session of the Wisconsin Legislature, when our democracy is under attack by Banana Republicans in the last days of Walkerstan...
    • 'Arguably the Marx Brothers' funniest film, this comedy masterpiece contains several famous scenes, including the hilarious mirror sequence. A wealthy widow offers financial aid to the bankrupt country of Freedonia on condition that Rufus T. Firefly be made leader. But his chaotic, inept regime bumbles into war with neighboring Sylvania.'
    • Director: Leo McCarey
      Writers: Bert Kalmar (story), Harry Ruby (story)
      Stars: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx


Wednesday, November, 14 2018

Rock County Progressives Present an Educational Forum



What the


Taught Us





Wednesday, October 10th 2018

Rock County Progressives Present an Educational Forum



Why the Advisory Referendum on








  • Brian Seamonson
    • Vote Cannibis website
    • Deputy Director of Madison NORML
    • Brian Seamonson is a husband, father, and small business owner who lives in Deerfield, Wisconsin, and is the Deputy Director of Madison NORML (National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws). After cannabis 'saved his life' when struggling with PTSD, he has been active in the state in promoting these referendums.
  • Yuri Rashkin
    • Yuri Raskin is a Rock County Supervisor, representing District 15, which is downtown Beloit
    • In his capacity as supervisor he introduced the advisory referendum to the board of supervisors this past summer. He is originally from Moscow, Russia, and has been a United States citizen for over 20 years and resident of Rock county since 2004. Yuri teaches Communication at UW-Whitewater and works as a court interpreter and musician. In his spare time he hosts a podcast about Russia. Yuri served on Janesville City Council from 2008 until 2012. You can follow him on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Further Information


Wednesday, September 12th 2018

Rock County Progressives Present an Educational Forum



The Role of

Independent Media

"why we need it now
more than ever"




  • Norman Stockwell

    Publisher of The Proggresive Magizine

    • The Progressive Magazine
    • Norman Stockwell is publisher of The Progressive magazine, a one-hundred-nine year-old Madison-based progressive bi-monthly. Prior to that, he served for over two decades as WORT's Operations Coordinator. He worked at the station in music and news programming since 1983. In addition to working as a journalist in the U.S., Cuba, Nicaragua & Mexico, Norm has been involved in the collective management of two Madison institutions - Lakeside Press and Mifflin Street Co-op. He is also former Director of the Old Town School of Folk Music-Madison, and served in the 1970's as Facilities Manager for the Northwestern University Archeological Program.
    • Stockwell has been hosting programs of "A Public Affair" since 1989, covering such issues as the murder of the Jesuits in El Salvador, the Gulf War and its aftermath, the pro-democracy movement in Nepal, and the Zapatista uprising in Chiapas, Mexico. His guests have included Noam Chomsky, Holly Near, Johnny Clegg, Sara Diamond, Paco Ignacio Taibo, Le Ly Hayslip, Alexander Cockburn, Fran Peavey, Howard Zinn, Frances Moore Lappé and many more.
    • On Nov. 9, 1991, he co-hosted “Causes and Cures: National Teleconference on the Narcotics Epidemic” - a nationally broadcast teleconference on U.S. drug policy. On February 1, 2016, he co-hosted Pacifica Radio’s national coverage of the Iowa presidential caucuses.


Wednesday, Aug. 8,2018

Rock County Progressives Invite You to

Our Annual:


Pot Luck Picinic

Soda and Brats Provided!





Progressive Values





Music by:

  • Josh Clark



  • 6-7 PM Potluck Picinic and Music
    • Brats, natural & veggie provided
    • Natural soda provided
  • 7-8:30 PM Speakers



  • Riverside Park
    • North Pavilion
    • Janesville, WI.


Wednesday, July 11th

Start at 6PM

Rock County Progressives Present an Educational Forum





Candidates for Govenor

(Part 2)

We decided to open up June and July forums to candidates for governor on a 'first come first served basis." This will be a friendly gathering where folks can get to know these candidates better, not a debate with submitted questions.





Wednesday, June 13th

Rock County Progressives Present an Educational Forum





Candidates for Govenor

(Part 1)

We decided to open up the next two RCP forums to candidates for governor on a 'first come first served basis." This will be a friendly gathering where folks can get to know these candidates better, not a debate with submitted questions.

# Goverment candidates



  • Matt Flynn
    • Attorney, and former Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.
  • Mike McCabe
    • Of the ‘Wisconsin Democracy Campaign and the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance.
  • Andy Gronik
    • Entrepreneur, and business consultant.


Wednesday, May 9th

Rock County Progressives Present an Educational Forum



Contemporary Hate

Groups in WI

and the

Antifascist Opposition




  • Stas Vysotsky.
    • Cap Times article Stas

    • From The Cap Times:
      "Many people were shocked at the emergence of a white supremacist movement in the wake of Donald Trump’s rise to power. But not Stanislav Vysotsky. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater assistant professor has been keeping tabs on white supremacist groups, as well as their antifa counterparts, for years. “What we’re really seeing is not so much the birth of a movement but one that’s starting to come up from the underground,” he said."

    • Stanislav “Stas” Vysotsky is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminology at the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater. Dr. Vysotsky’s research has focused on the conflict between supremacist groups in contemporary American society and their militant anti-fascist opposition through ethnographic and interview research with anti-fascist activists in order to understand the relationship between threat, space, subculture, and social movement activism. His current research is focused on understanding the process of leaving racist subcultures and the discourses of white supremacist groups in online forums and on social media.


Wednesday, April 11th

Rock County Progressives Present an Educational Forum









  • Brian Eisold of Tax March
    • “April 15th is coming. On the anniversary of the 2017 Tax March, people across the country will come together to demand an end to the TrumpTax, which will raise taxes for 92 million middle-class families, rip health care away from 13 million people, and threaten life-saving programs — all to give tax breaks to millionaires, billionaires, and wealthy corporations.”

    • Tax March II: Saturday, April 14 at 12 PM - 3 PM, Milwaukee County Courthouse, 901 N. 9th St., Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53233

    • The April 15th Tax March

    • "Brian Eisold is the (volunteer) Director of Tax March Wisconsin, which is dedicated to getting Donald Trump to release his taxes as he promised, and like a normal president. Tax March is also dedicated to repealing the new tax law and stopping all tax cuts to millionaires, billionaires, and wealthy corporations.

    • Brian Eisold is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee with degrees in Political Science and Communication. He is currently a stay-at-home parent of an 8 year old child with autism.


Wednesday, March 14th

Rock County Progressives Present an Educational Forum



How to








  • John Nichols
    • John Nichols, a pioneering political blogger, writes about politics for The Nation as its national-affairs correspondent. His posts have been circulated internationally, quoted in numerous books, and mentioned in debates on the floor of Congress.
    • Nichols is a contributing writer for The Progressive and In These Times and the associate editor of the Capital Times, the daily newspaper in Madison, Wisconsin. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and dozens of other newspapers.
    • John in the Nation Magazine
    • Wikipedia
    • Twitter


Wednesday, February 14th

Rock County Progressives Present an Educational Forum









  • Christine Neumann-Ortiz
    • Executive Director of Voces de la Frontera


January 10th

Rock County Progressives Present an Educational Forum



Movie: WTIN


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.