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Petaluma Progressive Festival

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MindFreedom's bay area affiliate will host a table at the upcoming Petaluma Progressive Festival.

  • Conference
When Sep 26, 2010
from 12:00 PM to 05:00 PM
Where Petaluma, California
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From the Petaluma Progressive Festival Website



"The Progressive Festival will mark its 12th anniversary Sunday, Sept. 26, 12noon–5pm, at Petaluma’s Walnut park, with the  San Francisco Mime Troupe celebrating its 50th anniversary season of political satire. This year’s song and dance production, Too Big To Fail, is about the greed exploits of Wall Street.


Speakers on vital issues of our time include:   Antonia Juhasz, author of The Tyranny of Oil, and other books;   Michael Parenti, Author – one of the nation’s leading progressive political analysts;  Peter Phillips, SSU Professor and Director of Project Censored;  Cris Osequera, Director of Youth Green Jobs, Sonoma Co.;   George Bisharat, Hastings College of Law Professor;  Carl Patrick, of local social justice group IMPACT;  David Keller, Sonoma Co. environmental expert;   Raquel Gomez and  Oscar Orozco, update on immigrant rights campaign;   Argelio Giron, MEChA National Coordinating Council member; and a  speaker on  Prop. 8 and same sex marriage.


Popular folk singer/songwriter Steve Seskin, will entertain with songs and wit; and Sahaj will provide the heartbeat rhythms of reggae. Tamales, rice, beans, other goodies and drinks will be available for purchase. Many social justice, environmental, labor, and community organizations with informational booths are the core of the Festival. They will continue the Festival’s tradition of a lively exchange of ideas and the chance to network with progressives who are taking action in many arenas.


The event is produced by the Petaluma Progressives and is sponsored by KPFA 94.1 FM (, the Peace & Justice Center of Sonoma County, The Bohemian ( and the Committee for Immigrant Rights (, Sonoma County ( It takes place at Walnut Park, Petaluma Blvd South and D Street, downtown Petaluma. It is free to the public."


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