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Susan Cohen with Solidarity SingAlong at People Brat Fest 5.25.13

The Real Emergency Is Not The Citizens’ Singing

July 15, 2013,  By Susan Cohen [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] Thank you for this opportunity for my voice to be heard; please consider this statement an extension of the statement I […]

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How many people in this photo are part of the same group and do they need a permit?  Photo: Leslie Amsterdam

Observations from Kissick v. Huebsch Et. Al.

April 18, 2013  by Leslie Amsterdam It was an interesting day in Western Federal District Court in Madison on April 17 as University of Wisconsin-Madison Assistant Professor Michael Kissick and the ACLU of Wisconsin sought a temporary injunction against the Wisconsin Department of Administration and their State Facilities Access Policy, which mandates that groups of […]

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Jason Huberty's citation for 2.14(2)(v) "no permit" given on Sept. 10, 2012, was dismissed following Judge Genovese's ruling on Jan. 17, 2013. Photo courtesy Rebecca Kemble.

Capitol Crackdown gets a Smack Down

[EDITOR’S NOTE:  This is an open-source correction/continuation of a January 18, 2013, Department of Administration Press Release which shows Stephanie Marquis does not understand legal rulings or perhaps just selects and omits facts as she pleases. We are happy to report that she did not misspell “Huebsch” this time around, perhaps because he is not […]

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CPO Mathews and his list(G-P) on top of his training checklist clipboard.

McCarthyism Is Alive and Well at Wisconsin Capitol

He’s making a list and checking it twice, gonna find out who’s naughty or nice…. The Holidays are here, and Capitol police officers are invoking the spirit of Senator Joe McCarthy by compiling a list of regular attendees of the Solidarity Sing Along, the weekday noon hour singing protest at the Wisconsin Capitol. Police appear […]

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Walker Administration Targets Perceived Sing Along Leaders

By wcmcoop The Walker Administration’s crackdown on the Solidarity Sing Along is continuing through a steady flow of citations sent by certified mail. See this timeline for September’s citations. Capitol Police Chief Erwin’s strategy appears to be the targeting of citizens he has identified as “leaders.” Five of the seven tickets issued so far in October […]

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“Am I Breaking a Rule? Am I Breaking a Law? What About My Activity is Illegal?”

By Lady Forward and Jason Huberty Last Friday, Jason Huberty, a free speech advocate and outspoken critic of Capitol Police Chief David Erwin’s two-month-long crackdown on dissent, took to chalking a message on the public sidewalk in front of the Capitol: “Wisconsin State Constitution, Article I, Sec 4, Freedom of Speech Shall Never Be Abridged.” […]

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Targeted Members of the Press Denied Access to Walker Press Conference

By Nicole Schulte and Rebecca Kemble Governor Scott Walker and his staff are taking extraordinary steps to control his public image and protect him from the public outrage his policies have engendered. Yesterday, these measures included kicking out independent journalists from a press conference. On Wednesday, Governor Scott Walker held a press briefing at the […]

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“Survey Reveals That Many States Choose Slavery” – Wisconsin Territorial Journal

By Jim Murray Many Wisconsinites were both surprised and troubled by the Sunday Wisconsin State Journal’s front-page article “Tighter rules for Capitol protests not unlike many other states’.” This Sunday’s article described the very limited Free Speech that is tolerated in other states’ Capitols and concludes that the current crackdown on freedom of expression in our Capitol […]

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Three of these four activists were arrested for "illegal display of a sign" . Copyright  Leslie Amsterdam 2012

New arrests no laughing matter at Wisconsin Capitol

“There’s a fundamental misunderstanding of this policy if there was a belief arrests were going to stem from this policy,” Jocelyn Webster, DOA Spokesperson, December 2011. September 9, 2012 by Leslie Amsterdam Those words from December 2011 have resurfaced recently in light of a busy week of arrests, protests and singing at the Wisconsin State […]

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Whitney Steffen is arrested for holding a sign with references to freedom of speech and assembly. Photo by Rebecca Kemble

Court Decision Undermines Chief Erwin’s Capitol Crackdown

By Hematite Sometimes good news comes wrapped in bad packages. News that a lawsuit against the DoA and Capitol Police for arrests made in March, 2011 for holding signs on the first floor of the Capitol had been dismissed felt like a hard blow to first amendment activists when it first broke on Thursday morning. […]

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