articles tagged "Wisconsin Capitol"

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 »

“Unitimidated” Rocks the Airwaves for the First Time

Tuesday, 24 December 2013 | buzz
"Unitimidated: Wisconsin Sings Truth to Power" book cover

“Twenty, twenty, twenty, twenty below, we’re unintimidated!” 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 »

Commentary: Brian Standing Checks on the Health of the First Amendment

Saturday, 3 August 2013 | buzz
First amendment rights

07-29-2013: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Seems pretty simple, no? Well, with the hammer coming down on Wisconsin Capitol protestors and the last issue of Madison’s legendary satirical newspaper, Monday 8 O’Clock Buzz host Brian Standing took a look at the health of our oldest and most precious constitutional amendment. more »

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