Fighting Bob Fest is an annual Chautauqua featuring progressive speakers, networking opportunities, and entertainment.

Fighting Bob Fests I-XI 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?

Some 1,200 attended our first Fest; year two saw 2,500, year three more than 4,000, and so on. In 2008 around 10,000 jammed the fairgrounds. People are inspired by great speakers and from the knowledge that, as they look around, they are not alone in fighting the good fight. While some say we preach to the choir, we say the choir needs inspiration as well. And we have fun!

My role? I keep the program rolling on time. So, come, enjoy, participate, raise hell, and take words into action. See you in Madison.

Ed Garvey
Editor and Publisher of FightingBob.com

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Jun 13, 2013
Come to the 13th Annual Fighting Bob Fest!

September 12-13,
9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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Join 5,000-10,000 activists in the biggest annual gathering of progressives in the country!

Fighting Bob Fest, founded by Ed Garvey, is co-sponsored by

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and the Madison Capital Times www.host.madison.com/ct/

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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.

Freedom and justice are defended through education, and the exchange of ideas promotes solidarity among progressives. To this end, Fighting Bob Fest strives to provide citizens with a forum for democratic participation where frustrations with current policies can be constructively molded into calls to action.

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