Fighting Bob Fest Is Back for Its Ninth Annual Event
The country’s largest progressive gathering features Jesse Jackson and more
the discussions will be Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr.; Wisconsin Reps. Tammy Baldwin,
David Obey and Gwen Moore; and progressive muckrakers and pundits Thom
Hartmann, Greg Palast and Jim Hightower.
his Rainbow/PUSH Coalition have started up a new campaign for social economic
justice with the United Auto Workers (UAW). They want fair industrial and trade
policies, strengthened workers’ rights and civil rights, and to rebuild America instead
of waging unnecessary wars overseas.
Jackson will receive the Robert M. La Follette
Lifetime Achievement Award at the event.
Fighting Bob Fest, breakout sessions will be held on the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, which allows for
more corporate influence in elections; a progressive view of Israel and
Palestine moderated by The Progressive’s
Matthew Rothschild; health care reform and universal coverage; re-imagining our
food system; and Robert (Fighting Bob) La Follette’s career.
Fest, now in its ninth year, is the largest gathering of progressives in the
country and seeks to carry on La Follette’s fight for clean government and
tradition is kept alive by Bob Fest participants and its organizer, former
gubernatorial candidate and progressive lawyer Ed Garvey.
democracy is absolutely threatened by the Citizens
United ruling,” Garvey said. “We have to build a coalition or it’s over.”
Fighting Bob Fest will be held on Saturday, Sept. 11, at the Sauk County Fairgrounds in Baraboo. Two buses will leave Milwaukee; seats must be reserved in advance and cost $20 per round trip. For more information, go to www.fightingbobfest.org.