articles tagged "capitol protests"

Sing-Along Wins Big in Circuit Court

Tuesday, 11 February 2014 | buzz
Marquette Law professor Ed Fallone

Wisconsin Capitol Protestors score a major victory in court. The Monday Buzz hears from Marquette Law School’s Ed Fallone with a reaction. more »

Festivus at the Wisconsin Capitol

Tuesday, 24 December 2013 | buzz
Festivus pole

The traditional Festivus “airing of grievances” took place in the Wisconsin Capitol rotunda at noon on December 23, 2013. Wisconsin residents sure have a lot to get off their chests. Activist Greg Gordon gave Monday Buzz host Brian Standing a preview. more »

Capitol Protest Settlement: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Monday, 14 October 2013 | buzz
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On October 8, the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and the Wisconsin Department of Administration announced a settlement in the federal case about the recent crackdown on protests in the Wisconsin Capitol. more »

A Permit to Sing? Rickert and Kohl-Riggs Face Off

Monday, 16 September 2013 | buzz
Photo by Wisconsin Citizens Media Cooperative

Since March, 2011, participants in the Solidarity Sing Along have gathered in the Wisconsin State Capitol rotunda at noon, sang songs of protest for an hour and dispersed. They have done this over 600 times and never applied for a permit for use of the rotunda. The Capitol Police, part of the state Department of Administration, has escalated enforcement of its permit policy in recent weeks, repeatedly declaring the Sing Along an “unlawful assembly” and issuing 188 citations and a similar number of arrests since July. A recent temporary federal court injunction prevented the DOA from requiring permits for groups smaller than 20 people, but left many questions still open. The Sing Along have argued that they don’t need a permit, claiming their activities are covered under free speech and free assembly clauses of the U.S. and Wisconsin Constitution. The DOA believes that it has a right to regulate “time, place and manner” of free speech in any of its buildings, including the Capitol rotunda. So, on Monday, September 16, 2013, WORT held a debate on this topic. Chris Rickert, Metro columnist for the Wisconsin State Journal, argued the pro-permit position. Arthur Kohl-Riggs, a protestor, videographer and former “Lincoln-Republican” candidate for Governor in the recall election. Arthur argued why he feels no permit should be required. more »

The Terrell Brothers Speak Out

Wednesday, 4 September 2013 | buzz
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After a string of over 700 consecutive nonviolent Solidarity Sing Alongs in the Capitol rotunda, the Capitol Police got rough. On August 26, 2013, officers tackled observer Damon Terrell to the ground and carried him out of the rotunda bodily like a rail. At the same time, officers dragged Damon’s brother, C.J. Terrell, up from a seated position and removed him from the Capitol. The Capitol Police delivered both brothers to the Dane County Jail, charging C.J. with resisting arrest. C.J. posted bail and was released the same day. Damon, however, had a longer ordeal. Capitol Police held him for the maximum 72 hours before releasing him on a signature bond. On Labor Day, C.J. and Damon Terrell joined host Brian Standing to tell their side of the story. more »

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