Solidarity Singers defy crackdown

After Capitol police arrested 22 Solidarity Singers on Wednesday, July 24, the crowd in the state Capitol rotunda swelled for the noontime musical protest.

On Thursday, about 300 people came to sing, in defiance of the police crackdown.  "Rights are just like muscles... If you don’t use them, they atrophy," one singer told the Progressive.

When he was arrested the previous day for singing, 85 year-old union supporter and former farmer Tom Kemble said he was "proud to be among what I would call distinguished people who have been arrested previous to me."

In a statement, the Madison chapter of the National Lawyers Guild explains how the police are distorting a recent court ruling to justify the mass arrests of the singers.