Today, the Solidarity Sing Along was inside. Also inside was a group of high school students on the first floor with exhibits. I’ll preface this story with a few facts:
- While generally told in advance of other events that would clash with the noontime singalong, when we come to the rotunda and find ourselves faced with another group who asks us to move, we move
- Tubbs was walking around the circle on the ground floor near the beginning. He spoke to no one and disappeared, reappearing on the second floor for a short period of time. He said nothing about the group
- A friend told me that they were informed of our singalong, therefore knowing that we would be there. Some were reportedly looking forward to it
- Paul Farrow has a shaky relationship with facts
With all that laid out, when I saw Paul Farrow stalking around the outer circle on the first floor, I ran to talk to him. He was mad. I asked him if he was going to write another letter to Mike Huebsch, Secretary of the Department of Administration. He asked if we had a permit. I said it was the noon hour. He called us “pathetic” and stormed away, wrenching open the door that leads to the long hall of offices. I grabbed it and asked him if he was going to lie about this, my camera in hand. As I let it shut and walked away, he charged out and said that we would talk. I could film it, but he would, too. The ensuing conversation:
Saying this was “bullshit” and calling us “pathetic.”
After reflecting on this incident, I’m left wondering: will the Capitol Police use their inaction of not telling us to move when another group had a permit (though I heard no one complaining) and Paul Farrow’s forthcoming letter as another excuse to ‘crack down’?
Also, as I was packing up to go, a man in a suit walked up to me. He said quietly, “Keep up the good work.” Bewildered, I replied, “Thank you,” and he walked away, briefly speaking to others in the group as well.