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Michael Crute was arrested on July 24, 2013, for "unlawful assembly." Photo by Erica Case.

Judge Markson Declares Administrative Code Unconstitutional, Dismisses Charges

By Joseph Skulan and Jason Huberty February 5th, 2014 BREAKING NEWS Dane County Judge John Markson dismissed charges against political dissidents arrested during Scott Walker’s failed crackdown on unauthorized singing in the Wisconsin State Capitol. Defendants Michael Crute and John Bell, among others, had challenged the constitutionality of the emergency rules, arguing their First Amendment […]

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Former WI Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager appeared before Judge Anderson as defense attorney for David Newby, former director of WI AFL-CIO. Newby was arrested last August for singing in the Capitol without a permit. Photo: Leslie Peterson

Judge orders DOJ to conduct cost-benefit analysis on Capitol Crackdown cases

January 31, 2014 By Jason Huberty, Joseph Skulan, and Leslie Peterson Tea Party Governor/Presidential candidate Scott Walker’s crackdown on unauthorized dissent suffered an embarrassing setback Friday when a Dane County Judge ordered Walker’s Department of Justice (DOJ) to detail, and justify, the costs of prosecuting nearly 400 cases of illegal singing. Dane County Circuit Court […]

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High Capacity Well Deregulation Bill Scheduled for Quick Hearing

January 29, 2014  by Rebecca Kemble A bill that would make it easier for large agribusiness, mega-sized dairies known as CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations), frac sand mining companies and anyone else who wants to exploit Wisconsin’s groundwater for financial gain to obtain a permit for high capacity wells has just been scheduled for a […]

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August 13, 2013 Solidarity Forever with Kaja

A Look Inside 2013: Photographs From Wisconsin

December 31, 2013 By Leslie Peterson 2013 was another busy year for Wisconsin activists. Almost three years have passed since the huge protests over collective bargaining rights for public sector workers engaged the state and the rest of the world in February 2011. This collection of images proves “Yes, that really happened.” All images ©Leslie […]

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UPDATED: Journalist and Public Blocked from Open Meeting

September 5, 2013  by Nicole Desautels and Rebecca Kemble The Wisconsin State Senate Committee for Workforce Development, Forestry, Mining and Revenue passed SB 278 on a party line vote this morning. The bill allows Gogebic Taconite to close off 3,500 acres of Managed Forest Land for public access immediately upon enactment of the law without […]

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The Penokee Hills above and strip mined land for iron ore in MN below. Photos by Joel Austin

This Aggression Will Not Stand, Man!

September 15, 2013  by Rob Ganson [This is the text of a speech given by Rob Ganson at the Sawyer County Democrats picnic on Saturday, September 14, 2013. As Rob took the microphone and stood reading his narrative, one of the plastic chairs about 20 feet in the west begin to move in his direction. […]

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Some of those who plead not guilty to the citations received for singing in the Capitol

WI Capitol Police Crackdown on Dissent: What You Wouldn’t Know From Reading Wisconsin’s Newspapers

August 28, 2013  by Harriet Rowan Since Wednesday, July 24th the Wisconsin Capitol Police have arrested over 150 people, issuing over 300 citations. The arrests have been made for participating in the two-year tradition of singing at the Capitol from noon to 1pm, called the Solidarity Sing Along, in a group of 20 or more […]

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Postal Press Association President Tony Carobine presents a check to Katy Reeder of the First Amendment Protection Fund.  Photo by Chaous

Postal Union Members Give Boost to Solidarity Sing Along

August 25, 2013  by Rebecca Kemble Members of the National Postal Press Association donated $1,000 to the First Amendment Protection Fund at their conference banquet on Saturday night. NPPA President Tony Carobine also announced that the American Postal Workers Union had pledged to donate an additional $4,000 to help defray court costs of people who […]

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Solidarity Sing Along at the Wisconsin State Capitol August 19, 2013  Photo: Rebecca Kemble

Capitol Crack Down Distracts from Illegal Paramilitary Militia Deployed in Northern Wisconsin

August 20, 2103 by Barbara With Since March 2011, a group of singers have gathered at the Wisconsin State Capitol to protest the government of Scott Walker. For over two years, they’ve exercised their right to assemble peacefully at noon and sing songs that express their outrage at the current administration’s policies and criminal acts […]

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WI Capitol Police Capt Lonergan  speaks into his shoulder communications devive as he directs the arrests of peaceful singers from a second floor balcony. Photo courtesy Leslie Peterson

The State of Wisconsin

August 18, 2013  by Dr. Margaret Rozga [This poem was written by Dr. Margaret Rozga inspired by the current crackdown on political dissent in the Wisconsin State Capitol, where peaceful singers are being arrested for singing in the rotunda without a permit. Dr. Rozga has published two books: Two Hundred Nights and One Day and Though I Haven’t […]

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