Fighting Bob Fest is an annual Chautauqua featuring progressive speakers, networking opportunities, and entertainment.
Fighting Bob Fests I-IX have been graced with many heroes. The late Senator Paul Simon, RFK Jr., Russ Feingold, Amy Goodman, Phil Donahue, Cindy Sheehan, Doris "Granny D" Haddock; Congress members Gwen Moore, Tom Harkin, Bernie Sanders, Tammy Baldwin, John Conyers, Dennis Kucinich and David Obey; Green Party presidential candidates Cynthia McKinney and David Cobb, Ralph Nader; and, what would a Wisconsin Chautauqua be without Stan Gruszynski, John Nichols, Bob McChesney, Mike McCabe and the nation’s favorite populist, Jim Hightower?
Sep 9, 2012
Phil Donahue and Norm Solomon will headline the Fighting Bob Fest kick off event this Friday night, September 14. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the event will begin at 6 p.m.
Seating is very limited. In order to secure a spot, get there early! There is no admission fee. Per usual, we will ask for donations to help offset the costs. The Goodman Center is located on the East-Side of Madison at 149 Waubesa Street. Jim Hightower, Greg Palast and Ruth Conniff will take to the podium to excite the crowd for another great Bob Fest weekend. Norm Solomon will show a brief segment of his film War Made Easy, narrated by Sean Penn. Phil Donahue will introduce his film Body of War. We also have a suprise guest!
And, if you haven't already, register now for Saturday's Fighting Bob Fest.
Aug 1, 2012
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FIGHTING BOB NUMBER 11
Hard to believe but we are on schedule for Fighting Bob Fest XI. It is difficult for me to believe that we have done it. Time flies. Congratulations to all of you-- the Cap Times, Evjue Foundation, the Nelson family to the fantastic speakers who have inspired us; the breakout facilitators; the staff from Laura to Sue, Tom; Lily and Sam to the tremendous volunteers. To Jim Hightower's staff to out editor supreme Dustin Beilke.
It has been a model of grass roots organizing. Almost no staff, but great enthusiaam. Always on the edge of financial disaster, somehow you fill the buckets, rent the tables, buy the mustard, shirts, glasses and cups. While there are as many thoughts about the reasons for success, I believe that having Fighting Bob.com as our progressive voice--with daily blogs and superb articles has given us reach and has allowed us to stop fretting that the corporate media won't cover our events--we provide our own coverage.
We have a great program this year. Ruth Conniff will co-chair this Bob Fest. Mike McCabe will lead the Destructive Force of Citizens United along with Norman Solomon; "ALEC Exposed" will be led by Lisa Graves; Terry O'Neil, president of NOW will facilitate the real war on women; Mike Papantonio from Rink of Fire will stir the souls. Green Party presidential candidate, Jill Stein, will speak. Our La Follette historian Nancy Unger will be here; Mining in Wisconsin will be a fight we must win.
Phil Donahue,Gwen Moore, Tammy Baldwin, John Nichols, Greg Palast, Buddy Roemer, and Mahlon Mitchell will inspire the audience, Bill McKibben is coming and I can't think of anyone in America better than Bill on climate change. Speaking of change, we will have a breakout on "The Next Generation."
We have an idea. We want to convert you from observer to Member. We want to recruit two thousand of you to become charter members of Workers of Wisconsin (WOW!) Not a union, not a political party but a hybrid. The idea is to have branches in all Congressional Districts to do everything from research to taking the lead on helping in local fights, from mining to Credit Union protection. The challenge is to decentralize without losing the glue that binds us while we grow and grow. Bob Fest North proved that locals can manage very well.
Transparency is key; member involvement in established Fighting Bob gives us a head start.
WE STARTED THE MOVEMENT--LET'S KEEP GOING.
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Progressives, Democrats, Socialists, Kenyans, Republicans, Greens, Independents and the politically homeless--join us at the Alliant Center in Madison on Saturday, September 15.
We are delighted with the program this year. We have a great list of speakers and we will be spending more time on breakouts given the disastrous Citizens United and Montana decisions. We must find ways to fight back to limit money in politics or face disaster after disaster as the Koch brothers, Ron Perelman, Shelden Adelson dominate elections, not with ideas, but with obscene amounts of money. We will spend more time this year on breakout sessions specifically searching for your ideas. Breakouts will have facilitators to ensure every voice is heard.
While the program is shaping up, we need your input and your commitment.
Please pre-register. We ask for $25 per person to get us up and moving. Entry is free but we will ask for your help. (Parking is also free!)
Booths are going fast! We expect 10,000 in attendance.
Jim Hightower is coming back for more Wisconsin beer, brats and tofurkey. I can't imagine Fighting Bob Fest without Hightower; Terry O'Neil, president of the National Organization for Women (NOW) "The real war on women" will be her topic.
Ellen Bravo, founder of 9-5, Mike Papantonio, co-host of Ring of Fire will make his first trip to Bob Fest to fire up the crowd..Mike is not shy and I expect you will really enjoy his talk.
Special treat--Phil Donahue (Yes that Phil Donohue) and Norman Solomon have a special anti-war treat for you. The war on war!
Other speakers will be announced soon. Next week we will announce the breakout sessions.
Speakers will include Barbara Lawton, Greg Palast and our good friend John Nichols. Add it all up and you are in for the best Fighting Bob Fest yet!
WE STARTED THE MOVEMENT--LET'S KEEP GOING.
Fighting Bob Fest is an annual Chautauqua featuring progressive speakers, networking opportunities, and entertainment. Fighting Bob Fest carries on the tradition of Robert “Fighting Bob” La Follette by providing a forum for progressive ideas on issues facing Wisconsin and the nation.