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RESIST with Overpass Light Brigade in Madison Wisconsin December 28, 2014

“We’re Still Here: Love in the Wisconsin Uprising” Kickstarter Campaign in Full Swing

November 20, 2014 by Leslie Amsterdam The Wisconsin Citizens Media Cooperative formed in 2011 to report on legislative and political activities in Governor Scott Walker’s Wisconsin. The tireless efforts of a small, but dedicated group of reporters, writers, photographers and editors produced countless news stories on diverse subjects that were largely ignored by mainstream corporate […]

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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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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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Two young boys tape arrests in Wisconsin Capitol.

What Did YOU Do on Your Summer Vacation?

August 14, 2013  by Lady Forward     The woman being arrested in the video, AFSCME Assistant Director Jana Weaver, had this to say about the Solidarity Sing Along: “The SSA has a special spot in my heart. I was by no means an every day singer but when my schedule would allow, I would […]

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Veteran for Peace Threatened With Arrest for Observing Sing Along

August 13, 2013 by Norman Aulabaugh [The following letter was written by Veterans for Peace Member Norman R. Aulabaugh concerning his experiences at the Capitol during the Veterans for Peace convention last week. The author was a Lieutenant in the US Navy during the war in Vietnam and also challenged Paul Ryan for his congressional […]

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Capitol Arrests Continue as Solidarity Sing Along Grows

August 8, 2013  by WCMC More people, including veterans and a teenager, were arrested for singing out their grievances to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and the Republican-dominated state legislature in the Capitol rotunda today. The crowd chanted “Hero! Hero!” and “Shero! Shero!” as each person was picked off by groups of Capitol Police. Most continued […]

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State Representatives Terese Berceau and Melissa Sargent at Solidarity SingAlong 8.7.13

Wis. Legislators Observing Arrests in Capitol Rotunda Warned by Police

August 8, 2013  by Leslie Amsterdam Several Wisconsin legislators have been warned by Capitol Police recently that they should not be observing the arrests and other activities currently happening in the Capitol rotunda daily over the noon hour, as Solidarity Sing Along participants continue to sing out their disapproval of Gov. Scott Walker and his […]

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