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

Fighting Bob Fests I-XII have been graced with many heroes. Amy Goodman, Phil Donahue, Cindy Sheehan, Doris "Granny D" Haddock, and Bill McKibben; Senators Tammy Baldwin, Russ Feingold, and Bernie Sanders; Representatives John Conyers, Dennis Kucinich, Gwen Moore, David Obey, and Marc Pocan; Green Party presidential candidates Cynthia McKinney and Ralph Nader; and, what would a Wisconsin Chautauqua be without John Nichols, Bob McChesney, Mike McCabe or 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.

Ed Garvey
Editor and Publisher of FightingBob.com

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Oct 7, 2014

Read the great speeches by:

Sen. Bernie Sanders
Chris Hedges
Kevin Alexander Gray

 
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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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