Mon Jun 25, 2012, 08:23 AM
Lefta Dissenter (5,569 posts)
Today, Monday June 25 - an important day in Wisconsin's Capitol
Please join us today in the Capitol Rotunda for the 400th Solidarity Sing Along. This is an important day. Since the recall election and the exit of Chief Tubbs, the Capitol Police have been pressuring and intimidating people for exercising their First Amendment Rights. Whether you want to hold a sign, sing solidarity songs or simply witness the sing along, your presence is needed and appreciated.
This is a wonderful article by Ryan Wherley.
"Call to Action: 400th Solidarity Sing Along marked by increase in police vigilance
Whether the Fitzwalkerstanis Like It or Not,
We'll Be Here 'Til Wisconsin Gets Better
I am strongly encouraging as many people as possible to head on down to the Capitol for tomorrow's 400th Solidarity Sing Along in the Rotunda, Monday June 25th, from Noon until 1 p.m. The Capitol Police force's post-election behavior has been increasingly bizarre, from an increased presence that has been following certain individuals around, to approaching other citizens and asking them why they keep coming back to the Capitol with their signs. Most notably alarming, various police officers have been taking thorough notes profiling all singers/dissidents in attendance daily and writing down verbatim the content of signs being held inside of the Rotunda. Additionally, there has been a noticeable influx of plain-clothed "observers" making their presence felt on a regular basis. Proceedings under the dome seem to be trending towards the Department of Administration and its secretary, Mike Huebsch, feeling that the time is drawing near to begin enforcing its unconstitutional rules passed last December against the First Amendment rights of individuals inside of and around the Capitol building.
The crackdown on the rights to freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and the freedom to petition our government for a redress of grievances easily could have already taken place last winter. However, approximately one thousand individuals showed up in defiance and Solidarity to sing in the shadow of the Capitol Rotunda's beautiful holiday tree, on December 19th, 2011, the day the new and unconstitutional rules were supposedly to be put into effect. Before and since that day, a dedicated group of citizens and heroes of the movement show up without fail at the Capitol to sing inside of the Rotunda on every Monday through Thursday and occasionally some Fridays after the outdoor Sing Along has ended. These Wisconsin Winter Soldiers' constant presence on the ground floor, first floor and second floor of the Rotunda is an important and necessary reminder of why we're still here, tracing a direct lineage back to the original Capitol Occupation attempting to stop the passage of the Budget Despair Bill in the winter of 2011. Not so coincidentally, the Capitol Police and DoA never bothered attempting to quell dissent by enforcing these new anti-protesting rules. Or so it seemed, up until Capitol Police Chief Charles Tubbs ended his time overseeing the bulding shortly before the election, in order to pursue a job working for the Dane County Emergency Management Agency...
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Response to Lefta Dissenter (Original post)
Mon Jun 25, 2012, 10:13 AM
dragonlady (2,862 posts)
1. A woman who was visiting Madison
said that she and her husband were in the Capitol recently and that when someone made a comment critical of Scott Walker, her husband made the thumbs-up gesture. Immediately some security people started to hover around him. What is this state coming to?