2019 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, June 12, 2019

Rock County Progressives Present an Educational Forum

 

 

Homelessness

in

Rock County


 

Speakers:

  • Marc Perry of Community Action
    • The debate over a proposed Janesville ordinance change to allow homeless overnight parking at Palmer Park has drawn attention to the ongoing problem of homelessness in Janesville and cities throughout the state. We are are excited to have Marc Perry speak on how to help the homeless and the wider community
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    • Marc Perry is Director of Planning and Development for Community Action Inc., of Rock and Walworth Counties where he oversees the agency’s adult preparation programs, Merrill Community Center and fund development initiatives.
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    • Marc Perry has more than 20 years’ experience working with youth and adults from diverse backgrounds, and is well-known as an advocate for the homeless population in Rock County. He currently serves as the Director of Planning and Development for Community Action Inc., of Rock and Walworth Counties where he oversees the agency’s adult preparation programs, Merrill Community Center and fund development initiatives. Marc also conducts cultural equity training for a variety of organizations. In 2018, he planned to train 1,000 local professionals on workplace diversity and inclusion. He tripled that, training more than 3,000 people--including every single Rock County government employee! You might also have seen his face on billboards around town as he served as a campaign champion for the most recent United Way Blackhawk Region campaign.
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    • From Janesville Gazzette; “Other Views: Facing the reality of homelessness”
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    • Marc Percy on local radio station WCLO

 

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Rock County Progressives Present an Educational Forum

 

 

Climate Change

and the

Green New Deal


 

Speakers:

 

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Rock County Progressives Present an Educational Forum

 

 

From Badgercare

to

Medicare for All:

Achieving Universal Health Care


 

Speakers:

  • Kevin Kane
    • From Citizen Action.
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    • Kevin Kane, Director, Organizing Co-op Incubator (B.A. Marquette University, M.S.A.E., Marquette University). Kevin joined Citizen Action in 2011 as the Healthcare Organizer and was awarded the "Advocate of the Year" in 2012 by HealthWatch Wisconsin and the 2017 "Community Healthcare Champion of the Year" award by the Wisconsin Federation of Nurses & Health Professionals. In 2014, Kevin spearheaded the largest concurrent grassroots referendum campaign in Wisconsin history on Medicaid/BadgerCare, with over 1 million Wisconsinites voting, showing super-majority support. He authored reports on health care and economic policy issues. He was a founding board member of the Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative which provides affordable health coverage to over 50,000 members. He grew up in Palatine, IL, and has lived his entire adult life in Milwaukee.
  • Erin Evans
    • Visiting Assistant Professor at Beloit College
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    • Erin Evans earned her B.A. in English Literature and Psychology (2003) and her M.A. in Political Science (2008) at San Francisco State University, and her Ph.D. in Sociology at University of California-Irvine in 2016. Her teaching and research program is anchored to her background as a grassroots activist and labor union educator.

 

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Rock County Progressives Present an Educational Forum

 

 

White Privilege


 

Speaker:

  • Lonnie Brigham Jr.
    • Lonnie Brigham Jr. is the Chairman of the Janesville Police Department African American Liaison Advisory Committee.
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    • Lonnie Brigham Jr, 53 years old, has resided in Janesville for the last 19 years.
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    • "I have a passion and a need to help others, more specifically in the areas of racial inequality and injustices."
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    • "Being born in Chicago and being raised by the streets of Chicago, I lived the racial inequality and injustices everyday. My life experience has lead me to my current passion as a community activist, following in the footsteps of my ancestors."

     

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Rock County Progressives Present an Educational Forum

 

 

A Wilderness Icon:


Utah’s Red Rock


Canyons

 

 

Speaker:

  • Clayton Daughenbaugh
    • Clayton is the Midwest Conservation Organizer with the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance
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    • “America’s wild public lands are a proud part of the national heritage. Sadly, they are under attack with those in Utah at the center of the controversy. President Trump has initiated what would be the largest rollback of conservation protections in our country’s history. He is seeking to repeal and replace the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monuments and reverse the steady progress towards protecting the largest unprotected wilderness area in the lower 48 states.”
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    • Clayton will show a short movie dramatically documenting citizen efforts to conserve public lands in southern Utah's spectacular canyon country. He will update what was gained and lost in the last Congress and the prospects for the new Congress.
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    • “These public lands are among the most beautiful and most intact portions of Creation remaining. Wild places that include the largest concentration of Native American archeological sites in U.S. We have a great responsibility to act to protect these special places.”
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    • Clayton has been a conservation organizer with the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance for 12 years. As a volunteer he is Chair of the Sierra Club’s National Wildlands and Wilderness Team and a past Sierra Club Vice-President of its’ Grassroots Network. He was a community organizer in Chicago for twenty years and lives in Berwyn, IL.

     

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Rock County Progressives Present an Educational Forum

 

 

Movie:


"Reuctant Radical"


A film about


Anti-pipeline activist


Ken Ward,

 

 

Film starts 6 PM sharp.
Doors open at 5:45.
Short discussion untill 7:50.

  • Intro:
    • With global warming an existential threat to civilization, if not humanity, what should we do?
    • Martin Luther King chose civil disobedience in the face of intransigent racism.
    • Gandhi chose nonviolent resistance facing British Imperialists.
    • Ken Ward challenges himself and us to do similar in the face of global climate disaster, captured in the documentary film, “Reluctant Radical.”
    • www.collectiveeye.org/products/the-reluctant-radical and Founder of 350.org.
    • “The Reluctant Radical is an intimate portrait of climate activist Ken Ward. This documentary film follows Ken through a series of civil disobedience direct actions, culminating with his participation in the coordinated action that shut down all the U.S. tar sands oil pipelines on October 11, 2016. Facing 20 years in prison for his action, the film reveals both the personal costs as well as the fulfillment that comes from following one’s moral calling.
    • “There are many fronts in the vast climate fight. This film highlights the personal struggles and victories of one daring path.” - Bill McKibben, Climate Advocate and Founder of 350.org.
    • “He was told he was crazy, but crazy is sitting idly by as disaster for young people is knowingly locked in.” - Dr. James Hansen, Climate Scientist

 

Jefferson
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.

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