Madison, WI - Tomorrow the Solidarity Sing Along (SSA) will likely see it’s 100th person arrested for singing. Last week, close to sixty protestors were already handcuffed and hauled away for singing and today the single highest arrest total was reached, with thirty singers being taken to the basement of the Capitol and processed with $200 citations for singing without a permit. Yes, singing in their own Capitol Rotunda, without a permit as they have done since the Wisconsin Uprising began back in 2011. Recently though, Walker has stepped up his attacks on the group by passing new Capitol Rules that force groups of 20 or more to get a permit, which SSA participants have overwhelmingly voted against doing. After all, why should they have to ask for permission to protest their own government?
Walker’s new rules also outlaw the use of chalk on Capitol grounds. Recently, an activist was actually tried and convicted of chalking on the Capitol grounds!
Walker’s Capitol Police seem to be very much targeting activists with these arrests. The arresting routine has been very predictable. Groups of 2-6 officers meander their way through the singers, hand-picking the activists they deem worthy of arrest. They are also intimidating and threatening arrest of anyone who happens to be simply watching the Sing Along, as has happened to many tourists.Ever since last Wednesday, when the recent string of arrests started, the numbers at the SSA have grown, but Wisconsinites need to come and voice their outrage (quite literally) with the group this week. They sing every weekday in the Capitol, except Friday, at noon and with close to 100 arrests and over 120 citations issued since last Wednesday, it’s time others start making their way to the Capitol to join these freedom fighters.
At www.solidaritysingalong.org you’ll find information about the history of the Solidarity Sing Along, why it’s participants are fighting to uphold the constitutionally guaranteed rights of freedoms of speech and assembly.
You’ll also see how you can donate to help with court costs (not lawyers fees) for citizens arrested at Wisconsin State Capitol for SINGING, CLAPPING, HOLDING SIGNS, OR JUST OBSERVING the Solidarity Sing Along. No donation is too small… or too large. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
Photo album of arrests from today is here.