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Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020

Rock County Progressives Present a Panel



Norman Stockwell,

Bill Lueders

and Dan Kaufman


“Lessons from the 2020 Elections.”



  • Dan Kaufman is the author of The Fall of Wisconsin: The Conservative Conquest of a Progressive Bastion and the Future of American Politics.


    • Dan Kaufman: The Fall of Wisconsin was published by W.W. Norton in 2018.
    • He has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, and The New Republic among other publications.
    • Originally from Wisconsin, he currently lives in the Catskills with his wife and son.
  • Bill Lueders is the editor of The Progressive magazine.


    • Bill Lueders is editor of The Progressive.
    • He is author of An Enemy of the State, the biography of the late editor of The Progressive, Erwin Knoll.
    • Lueders was news editor at Isthmus, Madison’s alternative weekly, for twenty-five years, and won dozens of state and national awards.
    • In 2011 he moved to the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, where he became one of Wisconsin’s leading investigative reporters.
    • He joined the staff of The Progressive in 2015 and was named editor in September 2018.
  • Norman Stockwell is publisher of The Progressive magazine.


    • Norman Stockwell is publisher of The Progressive magazine, a one-hundred-nine year-old Madison-based progressive bi-monthly (see progressive.org).
    • 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.
    • He has covered the WTO meetings in Seattle & Cancun, the FTAA meetings in Miami, the Democratic Conventions in 1996, 2000 & 2008, 2012, and the Republican Conventions in 2004, 2008, 2012 & 2016, and the Spring 2004 & 2009 presidential elections in El Salvador, Mexican presidential elections of 1988 and 2006, and the November 2013 presidential election in Honduras.
    • He has coordinated community radio coverage at the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre in 2002, 2003 & 2005, and the Polycentric Forum in Caracas, Venezuela in 2006, the WSF in Nairobi 2007, Belem in 2009, Dakar in 2011, & Tunis in 2013 and 2015, Montreal in 2016, and the US Social Forums in Atlanta & Detroit.
    • He also coordinated the IraqJournal website in 2002-2003.
    • In 2011, he regularly reported on protests in Madison, Wisconsin for Iran's PressTV and other outlets.
    • He is active in the National Federation of Community Broadcasters, the GrassRoots Radio Coalition, IndyMedia, and AMARC: the World Association of Community Broadcasters.
    • His reports and interviews have appeared on Free Speech Radio News, DemocracyNow! & AirAmerica, and in print in Z Magazine, the Capital Times, AlterNet, the Tico Times, Toward Freedom, and elsewhere.
    • He is co-editor of the book REBEL REPORTING: John Ross Speaks to Independent Journalists.
    • Hamilton Books/Rowman-Littlefield. ISBN 978-0-7618-6660-2.


Forum Schedule:

  • Zoom meeting starts 6 PM “reception”
  • 6:30 PM-7:45 PM, Speaker presentation
  • Speakers at 6:30-7:30


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    *This is an independent event not affiliated with Basics.

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.