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Progressive Wisconsin

Preston C. Enright
The list author says: "Wisconsin, as with much of the country, is proudly liberal. From the leftwing politics of Robert LaFollette in an earlier period, to the progressive policies of Russ Feingold and Tammy Baldwin (the first openly gay U.S. Representative), the 'Badger State' is advancing the cultural change that elites like Limbaugh have tried to thwart for years. In addition to the progressive elements in electoral politics, there are Wisconsinites across the state who are making contributions toward a better world. There are 'ecopreneurs' at the Inn Serendipity Bed & Breakfast in Green County, there are fair trade activists at the Just Coffee Coop, and thousands of progressives gather each year at the 'Fighting Bob Fest.' To free their minds from the perception management efforts of the corporate media, Wisconsin residents produce alternative sources of info like 'The Progressive' magazine, community radio WORT, and the Madison InfoShop.org. The state is also home to vibrant civic groups like the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice and the Wisconsin Women's Network.
Here are a few of the progressive people and projects based in Wisconsin."
The S Word: A Short History of an American Tradition...Socialism
The S Word: A Short History of an American Tradition...Socialism
"Journalist John Nichols, who has been a leading voice in the Wisconsin uprising, lives in Madison."
The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities
The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities
"Will Allen and his 'Growing Power' organization are doing fantastic work in Milwaukee (where they are based) and beyond."
Ecopreneuring: Putting Purpose and the Planet Before Profits
Ecopreneuring: Putting Purpose and the Planet Before Profits
"Wisconsinites John Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist are doing amazing work.  In addition to operating the Inn Serendipity Bed & Breakfast, they literally wrote the book on other 'ecopreneuring' projects around the country."
Rural Renaissance: Renewing the Quest for the Good Life (Wiser Living)
Rural Renaissance: Renewing the Quest for the Good Life (Wiser Living)
Renewing the Countryside—Wisconsin: Stories of Sustainable Living, Working and Playing
Renewing the Countryside—Wisconsin: Stories of Sustainable Living, Working and Playing
"Written by a professor of Business and Economics at UW-Superior, this book catalogues dozens of Wisconsin stories of green business, sustainable agriculture and many other efforts giving hope to rural communities."
From Asparagus to Zucchini: A Guide to Cooking Farm-Fresh Seasonal Produce
From Asparagus to Zucchini: A Guide to Cooking Farm-Fresh Seasonal Produce
"The community supported agriculture movement is a wonderful trend toward ecological and human health.  Wisconsin has many participants in this movement."
Blue Gold: The Fight to Stop the Corporate Theft of the World's Water
Blue Gold: The Fight to Stop the Corporate Theft of the World's Water
"This book, and the upcoming DVD, features a member of Wisconsin's River Alliance."
Progressive
Progressive
"This legendary magazine of progressive thought is based in Madison."
You Have No Rights: Stories of America in an Age of Repression
You Have No Rights: Stories of America in an Age of Repression
"Rothschild is the editor of the Progressive Magazine."
Fighting Bob La Follette: The Righteous Reformer
Fighting Bob La Follette: The Righteous Reformer
"La Follette was born in Primrose.  He advanced many progressive causes during his political career, including being an opponent of railroad trusts and World War I.  See 'FightingBob.com' and the 'FightingBobFest' to learn how his legacy lives on."
The Kaiser's Senator: Robert M. Lafollette's Alleged Disloyalty During World War I
The Kaiser's Senator: Robert M. Lafollette's Alleged Disloyalty During World War I
"This book shows how the tactics of defamation hurled against anti-imperialists haven't changed much."
The Political Economy of Media: Enduring Issues, Emerging Dilemmas
The Political Economy of Media: Enduring Issues, Emerging Dilemmas
"Media critic McChesney spent ten years on the faculty of UW-Madison.  See his organization FreePress.net to learn of some of the most pressing media issues we face."
The Death and Life of American Journalism: The Media Revolution that Will Begin the World Again
The Death and Life of American Journalism: The Media Revolution that Will Begin the World Again
Orwell Rolls in His Grave
Orwell Rolls in His Grave
"McChesney is featured in this documentary on the corporate establishment media."
Fireweed: A Political Autobiography
Fireweed: A Political Autobiography
"Lerner is considered the founder of women's history.  She is professor emerita at UW-Madison."
The Creation of Patriarchy (Women and History; V. 1)
The Creation of Patriarchy (Women and History; V. 1)
Brewing Justice: Fair Trade Coffee, Sustainability, and Survival
Brewing Justice: Fair Trade Coffee, Sustainability, and Survival
"Dan Jaffee, a friend of Madison's 'Just Coffee Coop,' wrote this book based on his UW-Madison dissertation.  It won the 2007 C. Wright Mills Book Award."
Toxic Sludge is Good For You: Lies, Damn Lies and the Public Relations Industry
Toxic Sludge is Good For You: Lies, Damn Lies and the Public Relations Industry
"John Stauber grew up in Marshfield.  His Center for Media and Democracy is based in Madison."
The Best War Ever: Lies, Damned Lies, and the Mess in Iraq
The Best War Ever: Lies, Damned Lies, and the Mess in Iraq
"Rampton works with John Stauber at the Madison based Center for Media and Democracy, and works on their project PRWatch.org"
Trust Us We're Experts: How Industry Manipulates Science and Gambles with Your Future
Trust Us We're Experts: How Industry Manipulates Science and Gambles with Your Future
Mad Cow USA: The Unfolding Nightmare
Mad Cow USA: The Unfolding Nightmare
Feingold: A New Democratic Party
Feingold: A New Democratic Party
"Feingold was the only Senator to vote against the USA PATRIOT Act in 2001.  He has consistently high ratings from liberal groups."
Raising Hell for Justice: The Washington Battles of a Heartland Progressive
Raising Hell for Justice: The Washington Battles of a Heartland Progressive
"Wisconsin Representative David Obey is one of the most liberal people in the House.  He sees himself as following in the tradition of Robert La Follette."
John Muir: Nature's Visionary
John Muir: Nature's Visionary
"After Muir's family emigrated from Scotland, they started a farm near Portage; which is now owned by his descendents and is called Fountain Lake Farm."
John Muir: America's Naturalist
John Muir: America's Naturalist
100 Years Of Wisconsin Forestry, 1904-2004
100 Years Of Wisconsin Forestry, 1904-2004
"The story of how Wisconsin's forests recovered from decades of clear-cutting."
Every Root an Anchor: Wisconsin's Famous and Historic Trees
Every Root an Anchor: Wisconsin's Famous and Historic Trees
"Many Wisonsinites involved in groups like the Sierra Club are working to preserve their state's natural beauty."
Indian Nations of Wisconsin: Histories of Endurance and Renewal
Indian Nations of Wisconsin: Histories of Endurance and Renewal
"Our society's progress will involve remembering the societies that were here first, and applying their wisdom to halt the madness of industrial eco-cide."
Carl Rogers: The Quiet Revolutionary an Oral History
Carl Rogers: The Quiet Revolutionary an Oral History
"Rogers taught at UW.  He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to resolve conflict in South Africa and Northern Ireland."
Workers and Unions in Wisconsin: A Labor History Anthology
Workers and Unions in Wisconsin: A Labor History Anthology
Black Milwaukee: The Making of an Industrial Proletariat, 1915-45
Black Milwaukee: The Making of an Industrial Proletariat, 1915-45
"Madison isn't the only city where radical activities have taken place in Wisconsin."
The Black Panthers in the Midwest: The Community Programs and Services of the Black Panther Party in Milwaukee, 1966-1977 (Studies in African American History and Culture)
The Black Panthers in the Midwest: The Community Programs and Services of the Black Panther Party in Milwaukee, 1966-1977 (Studies in African American History and Culture)
Operation Last Patrol
Operation Last Patrol
"Vietnam veteran and war protestor Ron Kovic was born in Ladysmith."
Born on the Fourth of July (Special Edition)
Born on the Fourth of July (Special Edition)
"Tom Cruise delivered an outstanding performance in this film about Wisconsinite Ron Kovic."
War, Inc.
War, Inc.
"John's sister, Joan, who is in this movie, attended UW-Madison."
The Empire Strikes First
The Empire Strikes First
"Vocalist and founder of Bad Religion, Greg Graffin, was born in Racine."
Suffer
Suffer
A Question of Torture: CIA Interrogation, from the Cold War to the War on Terror (American Empire Project)
A Question of Torture: CIA Interrogation, from the Cold War to the War on Terror (American Empire Project)
"Alfred McCoy is a professor of history at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. I just heard him interviewed on the 'History Counts' radio show."
Victor Berger and the Promise of Constructive Socialism, 1910-1920: (Contributions in American History)
Victor Berger and the Promise of Constructive Socialism, 1910-1920: (Contributions in American History)
"In 1910, Berger won the House seat in Wisconsin's 5th District, becoming the first Socialist to serve in the U.S. Congress."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: 20th Anniversary Edition [Limited Edition]
Mystery Science Theater 3000: 20th Anniversary Edition [Limited Edition]
"Joel Hodgson, creator of the subtlely subversive and hilarious MST3K, was born in Stevens Point."