Today’s output from Blogistan Polytechnic Institute’s state-of-the-art HEMMED (High-Energy Meta Mojo Elucidation Detector) machine is a Celebration. A Progressive Celebration.

For the past 8 years, Progressives have been gathering in Wisconsin for Fighting Bob Fest.

It started with an intrepid band of Wisconsin activists who came together for an important cause and wanted to do more:

In 2001, 10 activists who were veterans of the successful battle to stop Perrier-Nestle from taking our state’s spring water and ruining our ground water and wetlands came together in Wisconsin Dells. They were looking to find ways to carry the victory forward into other arenas and to help other citizen groups learn from their experiences.

Fighting Bob Fest will be held on Saturday, September 11, 2010 at the Sauk County Fairgrounds in Baraboo, Wisconsin.

Here is the official description of Fighting Bob Fest from their web site:

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.

Fighting Bob Fest kicks off with a program at the Barrymore Theater in Madison starting at 7:30 on Friday night, September 10th. The Democratic Party of Wisconsin Organizing for America coordintated campaign will be on-site before the show from 6:45 to 7:30 to sign up volunteers for the fall campaign. Show up, help out and sign up.

At BPI we celebrate Progressives and our Progressive Agenda:
1. People matter more than profits.
2. The earth is our home, not our trash can.
3. We need good government for both #1 and #2.

This year’s Fighting Bob Fest program features these speakers:
– Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin
– Thom Hartmann
– Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr.
– Jim Hightower
– Congressman David Obey
– Congresswoman Gwen Moore

And (drumroll please), The Madison Raging Grannies:

Marriage Equality(This is outside the Capitol Building in Madison)

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The Environment
(This is inside the Capitol Building. The bust to the right just above the last granny is…Robert LaFollette!!)

The Wars and Our Kids Fighting in Them(Looks like they invaded a coffee shop!! Those grannies. Ha.)

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Embrace your inner (and outer) Progressive and celebrate Progressivism!

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For never-too-much information about Fighting Bob Fest, Sand Hill Crane at DailyKos has an excellent blog post: Fanning the Flames of the Progressive Spirit! Fighting Bob Fest IX

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Happy Thursday to everyone and fist bumps!

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