The Rock River Open Forum will host a talk by Matthew Rothschild, editor of The Progressive Magazine, from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Rock Falls Public Library.
The Progressive Magazine is a Madison, Wis.-based publication founded in 1909 by U.S. Sen. Robert M. “Fighting Bob” La Follette, under the name The La Follette Weekly. It was renamed The Progressive in the 1920s and went to a monthly format.
The magazine’s mission statement is to steadfastly stand against militarism, the concentration of power in corporate hands, and the disenfranchisement of the citizenry. It champions peace, social and economic justice, civil rights, civil liberties, human rights, a preserved environment, and a reinvigorated democracy. Its bedrock values are nonviolence and freedom of speech.
I discovered The Progressive and Matthew Rothschild while searching the Web for podcast content. Matthew hosts the Progressive Radio Show, a syndicated weekly half-hour program, and he also does a daily 2-minute Progressive Point of View commentary Monday through Friday.
Fred Turk and I were fortunate enough to meet him last year during the Wisconsin labor uprising in Madison. We extended an invitation to visit Sterling-Rock Falls and give our community a talk, and he graciously accepted.
As editor of the magazine, Rothschild has appeared on Nightline, C-SPAN, The O’Reilly Factor and NPR, and his newspaper commentaries have run in the Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, Miami Herald, and a host of other newspapers. Rothschild is also the author of a book titled “You Have No Rights: Stories of America in our Repressive Age.”
His talk will be followed by a question-and-answer segment. The public is always invited.
For more information, contact Fidencio Campos at 815-535-7112 or Fred Turk at 815-625-4657.