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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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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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Officer Syphard and two new hires. Photo by Craig Spaulding

Capitol Cop Throws Videographer to the Ground

August 5, 2013  by WCMC Wisconsin Capitol Police have been arresting people in the Capitol for singing their grievances against the Scott Walker Administration without a permit for the last two weeks. Today during one of the multiple arrests, Officer Michael J. Syphard grabbed videographer Arthur Kohl-Riggs and threw him to the ground without any […]

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Lars Prip, A USMC Vietnam Veteran with his young frind Aidan in the rotunda of WI Capitol. Photo: Leslie Amsterdam

WI Capitol Crackdown Mass Arrests: Videos

July 27, 2013 by Leslie Amsterdam This week WI Capitol police, under the leadership of Chief David Erwin, made good on their promise to arrest and remove peaceful singers and protesters from the Capitol rotunda. After declaring Unlawful Assembly 3 days in a row last week, the police began enforcing new administrative codes and arrested […]

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Mayor Dave Offbase Regarding Sing Along

July 26, 2013  by Karen Bassler [This is Karen Bassler's response to former Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz's  recent column  in The Isthmus about the arrests of peaceful singers at the Wisconsin State Capitol. - Editors] Dave: I can no longer refer to you as Mayor Dave, or Citizen Dave, though up until yesterday I had been using both […]

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Headless screws driven into window hardware at the Capitol to prevent access during lockdown.

Some Days I Cry While I Sing

July 14, 2013  By Tom Robson  [What follows are written comments submitted to the Wisconsin Department of Administration as part of the public input process on the promulgation of emergency administrative rules. - Editors] SOME DAYS I CRY;  SOME DAYS I SING; SOME DAYS I CRY WHILE I SING Since the time I was a […]

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