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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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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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Vets for Peace flag taken from Vietnam War Veteran Mike Harrington.

Vietnam War Veteran Arrested in Wisconsin Capitol While Standing Up for Free Speech

August 7, 2013  by Lady Forward Mike Hearington, a Vietnam War veteran with Veterans for Peace, was arrested over the noon hour for participating in the Solidarity Sing Along. Capitol Police took a large white Veterans for Peace flag from Harrington’s hands and rolled it up. They handcuffed Hearington and marched him out of the […]

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“Raging Granny” Arrested for Singing in Wisconsin Capitol

Marie Martini, a member of The Raging Grannies of Madison, and Margit Moses, of Madison, were arrested by Capitol Police for singing in the rotunda today over the noon hour. The arrests took place during a rousing rendition of “Bring Back Wisconsin to Me,” which is sung to the tune of “My Bonnie Lies Over […]

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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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Greg Gordon and Diane Hesselbein at SSA

The People’s Declaration

July 18, 2013 by Greg “Commissioner” Gordon [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] Good afternoon. My name is Greg Gordon. My friends call me Commissioner Gordon. I live in Waunakee. My speech is […]

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