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Governor Walker insists the Solidarity Sing Along apply for a permit, as does Department of Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch, as does the Capitol Police…and they all assure the Solidarity Sing Along that they will be issued the required permit if they would only apply. Well maybe and maybe not…but so far the two entities that applied for permits on behalf of the Solidarity Sing Along had their requests granted and no arrests were made on those two days. One permit was requested by NBC 15 in Madison and the other by a Minnesota resident, Mr. Elliot Doran on August 14th.
Now the participants in the Solidarity Sing Along will not apply for a permit on a number of grounds. The primary one being that they don’t need a permit because they are protected by both the US and Wisconsin Constitutions…that is something to cover in another blog.
Another reason is the permits require the applicant to assume financial responsibility for the event…something no one in his or her right mind would take on given the DOA’s propensity to inflate damages…
But the other reason that a permit can’t be applied for…is the Solidarity Sing Along isn’t an organized group…there is no leadership…no co-ordination…no regular agenda…no group. And despite the headline on the Progressive article linked above and again here that there is “Proof That Solidarity Singers (name from the headline, not mine, since I got chastised for using Solidarity Singers as a name representing a group…which can’t possibly exist) Are Not An Organized Group”, I say that they are!
I have had people tell me that they don’t belong to a group despite the fact that they participate in the sing along…they are free agents…they attend when they want…no one tells them too. Well that is true of any event so that doesn’t prove the existence of a group or lack of a group…just that an event is taking place and people feel free to attend and participate as they see fit.
But to say it isn’t an organized group is a little silly…there is a general agreement to meet in the Capitol Rotunda and sing from noon to 1 pm…it’s not just a pick up thing…hey everybody, let’s go to the Capitol and sing!! There is a general agreement that they don’t sing in the rotunda if someone else has pulled a permit for that same time period…they sing outside…and somehow that gets communicated…that would apparently require some organization.
There’s a published song book…you can download it and after the arrests started and the number of participants increased someone on Facebook posted that they would print extra copies to distribute…it’s not like someone yells out let’s do Stairway to Heaven and everyone nods and jumps in!
There is a Facebook page name Solidarity Sing Along!
There is a website! There is a legal defense fund and a call for contributions!
Not an organized group? Pulleeze!
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