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April 28, 2011 Jim Dunning, (715) 839-0039
(Chippewa Falls) – The first annual FightingBobFestNorth, a festival featuring some of the country’s most influential progressive speakers, will be held at the Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin on Saturday, May 21, 2011. The public is invited to attend this important organizing event.
“FightingBobFest is a longstanding festival that has been held each year in Baraboo, WI that brings today’s best progressive speakers to the Midwest to inspire and energize local people to speak and act out on critical problems that endanger our important democratic principles,” says Ed Garvey, founder of FighingBobFest. “Now, FightingBobFestNorth will bring this tradition to Northwestern Wisconsin, focusing on the theme of ‘Money and Democracy.’ During this momentous time in Wisconsin politics, the need for conversations and clarity about how money influences elections, campaigns, and government in our state is greater than ever,” added Garvey.
Speakers for FightingBobFestNorth 2011 will be announced as arrangements with the speakers are finalized. FightingBobFestNorth this year center on Money and Democracy, and our speakers are being chosen with that in mind. We will be announcing more speakers over the next few weeks.
Update --- Tammy Baldwin was just announced as a speaker
Update - Tony Schultz will speak as well.
Update --- Kathleen Vinehout will speak.
Update -- Dave Obey has just been added to the list of speakers.
Our initial batch of speakers includes:
John Nichols - Nichols writes about politics for The Nation magazine as its Washington correspondent. He 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 is a dynamic speaker and will add much to FightingBobFestNorth.
Ruth Conniff - Ruth Conniff covers national politics for The Progressive and is a voice of The Progressive on many TV and radio programs. Conniff was a regular on CNN’s Sunday Capital Gang and is now a regular on PBS’s To the Contrary. She also has appeared frequently on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal and on NPR and Pacifica.
Stan Gruszynski - Stan Gruszynski directs the Rural Leadership and Community Development Program within the Global Environmental Management (GEM) Education Center at the Stevens Point College of Natural Resources. He has extensive experience in assisting local communities in building leadership capacity and developing opportunities for economic advancement within the framework of Wisconsin’s conservation ethic.
Mike McCabe - Mike McCabe is one of Wisconsin's leading whistle blowers. He shines light in dark places at the Capitol as executive director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, a nonpartisan watchdog group that tracks the money in state politics, fights government corruption and works for reforms that make people matter more than money in politics
Ed Garvey - Garvey is the editor and publisher of the political website FightingBob.com, focusing on Wisconsin and national issues from a center-left perspective. He regularly appears on the local NPR national public radio affiliate WHAD to provide a progressive viewpoint on a variety of topics. Garvey continues to be a defining voice in Wisconsin politics.
John Bonifaz - John Bonifaz is the co-founder and Director of Free Speech for People, a national non-partisan campaign seeking to restore democracy to the people through a 28th Amendment to the US Constitution to ensure that people, not corporations, govern in America. Free Speech For People is dedicated to overturning the US Supreme Court's January 2010 ruling in and a corporate rights doctrine which threatens our democracy and our self-government.