Solidarity Sing Along Saga continues

Three articles on the Solidarity Sing Along. Click on titles to read the entire articles.

State, ACLU reach accord on access policy: More than two and a half years since the Solidarity Sing Along began as an informal gathering of protesters in the capitol rotunda, the state and the ACLU have reached an agreement on rules to apply to all gatherings in the rotunda. Groups of less than 12 people can gather with no notification; groups over 12 must make a reservation but will not be liable for actions taken by individuals over which the group has no control.The state agreed to pay $88,270 in attorneys fees to the ACLU but will not drop it's prosecution of Solidarity Sing Along participants who were previously ticketed. Reaction among Sing Along participants was mixed, with many expressing disapproval with the ACLU for retreating from it's  stand to protect First Amendment rights. “That was a poison pill that (some of the singers) won’t be willing to swallow,” said Patricia Hammel, a lawyer for several Sing Along arrestees. Matthew DeFour, The Wisconsin State Journal, 9/9/13. The Solidarity Sing Along is  WNPJ member group.

Big catch: three grannies, one alder, a journalist and a minor: On Thursday, August 15 the Capitol Police arrested 22 of about 100 participants in the Solidarity Sing Along, including three of the Raging Grannies, alderman Mark Clear, journalist Matt Rothschild of The Progressive, and a 14-year old named Lidia. Rothschild, who identified himself as a journalist  was arrested while photographing the other arrests. “That says to me hey, this is really about stifling dissent, not about the permits,” said Raging Granny Bonnie Block. Steven Elbow, The Capital Times, 8/16/13. The Solidarity Sing Along and the Raging Grannies are WNPJ member groups.

Protesters appropriate Walker book title: Two books due to be published this fall both bear the title "Unintimidated." In one, Governor  Scott Walker claims to be unintimidated by the capitol protests and the recall election. The other which documents the Solidarity Sing Along through photos and essays by the participants. We've been unintimidated in the Capitol for two years," says longtime Solidarity Sing Along participant Jason Huberty. "There's been a lot of different tactics trying to get people out of the building. We exercise our rights and are not intimidated." Kristian Knutsen, Isthmus, 9/13/13. The Solidarity Sing Along is  WNPJ member group.