Forward 2018 Program




"1968” Presente!: Global Revolt, the Power of Youth, & Lessons for Today 

  • Allen Ruff, host of WORT’s A Public Affair
  • Teddy Shibabaw, Socialist Alternative

Fighting the Assault on Higher Ed: Quality Public Education Now! 

  • Marlo Fields, Lead Organizer, Reclaim the UW, UW-Stevens Point
  • Devon Hamilton, Michael Fields Agricultural Institute
  • Valerie Landowski, Lead Organizer, Reclaim the UW, UW-Stevens Point
  • Jon Shelton, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
  • Sara Trongone, Quality Public Education Now! (Q-PEN!)

The Rights of Nature: Deploying an Ancient Idea in the Struggle over Water

  • Juliee de la terre, Director, Sacred Water Sacred Land Institute
  • Holly Denning, UW-Whitewater
  • Sumudu Attapatu, UW-Madison Law School




From Europe to NOVEMBER 2018: The Promises & Pitfalls of Elections for Social Movements

  • Yogesh Chawla, Dane County Board
  • Pete Ramand, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Teddy Shibabaw, Socialist Alternative 

Youth & the Fight for Food Justice

  • Matt Calvert, UW Extension
  • Jennifer Gaddis, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Devon Hamilton, Michael Fields Agricultural Institute

Saftey, Policing, & Black Lives 

  • M Adams, Freedom Inc. 






Right to the City: Confronting the Housing Crisis & Gentrification

  • Rebecca Kemble, Madison Common Council
  • Revel Sims, University of Wisconsin-Madison

The Teacher Strikes: A New Moment for Labor?

  • Katie Zaman, Secretary, AFT-W

DACA: Organizing in a Changing Landscape

  • Aissa Olivarez, Community Immigration Law Center
  • Karen Perez Wilson, immigrant activist
  • Yesenia Villalpando-Torres, Social Worker, undocumented activist

Toward a Unified Socialist Strategy: A Roundtable Discussion

  • Rose Brewer, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities; LeftRoots
  • Carol Čizauskas, Madison Democratic Socialists of America
  • Dayna Long, International Socialist Organization



Building What we Want Now: A Vision to Transform Madison

  • M Adams, Freedom Inc.
  • Rebecca Kemble, Madison Common Council

Direct Action for Expanding Sanctuary

  • John Peck, Family Farm Defenders

Gun Violence: Confronting a Uniquely American Epidemic (with local high school activists)

  • Paulina Baker, Save Our Students
  • Emayu Edari-Sellassie, Save Our Students
  • Allison Leyer, Save Our Students
  • Dija Manly, Save Our Students
  • Maggie Murray, Save Our Students
  • Gino VandenBrook, Save Our Students



Pizza party