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A whole lot of my and the whole Wisconsin contingent's efforts at large during Netroots New York and the Occupy Wall Street unconference this weekend were spent explaining and advocating for the big Solidarity Sing Along standoff coming up tomorrow.

More on that later. For now, happy to get home and see that the Occupy Madison GA has officially endorsed Mass Civil Disobedience for the big Sing Along action!

Momentum is clearly building around this, and Rachel Maddow covered it extensively for MSNBC on Friday:

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That was the first day that the law went into effect, and the energy behind the action against it couldn't be more apparent. Moreover, we are already winning, as Giles Goat Boy blogged in the Daily Kos, "Walker chickend out." Or at least is trying to.

Emily Mills at Dane101 lays out the 'revisions' in that vein that the Walker administration made to their initial attempt to stifle freedom of speech in the Capitol, and she further reports that Walker hired Rove protege Jocelyn Webster for damage control:

Webster was appointed as the new DOA communications director shortly before the new policies were released. According to joint reporting from PRWatch's Brendan Fischer and Joe Vittie of, Webster comes to Wisconsin by way of Karl Rove's Office of Political Affairs in the George W. Bush Administration

Yet Wisconsin activists will clearly not be appeased in this manner, as we will be seeing at tomorrow's action.

And considering netroots and Occupy Wall Street folks this weekend were already discussing how great it would be to start a New York iteration of the Solidarity Sing, I dare say things could be just starting to heat up on this one!

Originally posted to HarryWaisbren on Sun Dec 18, 2011 at 07:34 PM PST.

Also republished by Occupy Wall Street, Badger State Progressive, ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement, and Progressive Hippie.

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  •  Be clear about disobeying the new permit rule (6+ / 0-)

    on Monday.

    The protest in Madison is about defying the new rules, primarily the requirement to obtain a permit for groups of 4 or more 72 hours in advance.

    Certainly, Occupy Madison support is appreciated and welcomed. Many of the same people who participated in the earlier protests in Madison that started almost a year ago also participate in Occupy Madison.

    In this specific instance, I urge everyone to focus on only one message; protesting the new rules. Since the singalong was Walker's obvious target, the appropriate civil disobedience is for the singalong to target this specific new rule.

    The only reason that I wanted to remind people of this is because of the vague statement suggesting that "mass civil disobedience" is planned for Monday.

    For a small number of people, this statement will be misinterpreted. For the right wingers, this is an invitation to disrupt the intended peaceful protest. For the Wisconsin State Department of Insecurity, it's a suggesttion to have pepper spray at the ready, perhaps.

    It's the vague language that got my attention. I understand that nobody is planning anything "massive", rather just a substantial number of participants.

    It's because this will be an especially important day for Wisconsin. A direct and substantial challenge to Walker's unconstitutional overreach (again). And I was born and grew up in Wisconsin.

    I wish I could be singing along in the Capitol with my fellow Wisconsinites on Monday. Alas, I can't be there.

    "All people are born alike - except Republicans and Democrats" - Groucho Marx

    by GrumpyOldGeek on Sun Dec 18, 2011 at 09:18:30 PM PST

    •  Good points (2+ / 0-)
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      ruleoflaw, GrumpyOldGeek

      The diarist might want to re-read this whasis the name today and see if there are places where the language could be clarified.  Especially in the area of definitions.

    •  I don't think Occupy Madison disagrees (4+ / 0-)
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      It looks like they are indeed specifically focused on protesting the new rule as you suggest they should, as per their FB event page:

      "Join us in illegally singing to protect free speech."

      And I don't think the distinction between 'mass civil disobedience' vs 'substantial number of participants illegally singing' is impactful, but for the record, I just used the language verbatim from that Occupy Madison FB page.

    •  Just singing in a large group (3+ / 0-)
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      ruleoflaw, GrumpyOldGeek, Justina

      will be an act of civil disobedience in protest of the new policies.  I think it will be pretty massive in comparison to the usual singalong turnout.

      The administration has made a statement to the effect that they're not planning arrests, how silly of us to think that might be possible! (Heh.)  It took them long enough to figure out that the optics of that would reflect very badly on them.  My expectation is that there will be no arrests, nor even tickets -- and I'll bet $10,000 of Mitt Romney's money that there won't be even a whiff of pepper spray.   That's not how the Capitol Police rolls.

      So ironic that the Walker administration has brought this confrontation on themselves... there's just no way they come out of it unscathed.

      Wish you could join us, too!

      If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality. - Bishop Desmond Tutu

      by AnnieJo on Mon Dec 19, 2011 at 03:52:06 AM PST

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      •  I know that the Capitol Police won't go crazy (1+ / 0-)
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        I can't take that $10,000 of Willard's money bet because we're rooting for the same team.

        Chief Tubbs was the chief of police in my home town for several years prior to accepting his current job. He is a recipient of several state and national law enforcement awards and has served in law enforcement for about 37 years. His reputation is "awesome". One of his cousins was a member of my high school class.

        The DOA pretty much signaled that there wouldn't be any arrests as you said. Things just aren't so predictable with Snotty and the Tyrants.

        My friends in The Mad City are in my thoughts.

        "All people are born alike - except Republicans and Democrats" - Groucho Marx

        by GrumpyOldGeek on Mon Dec 19, 2011 at 08:16:06 AM PST

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  •  Free speech caroling by real human persons (0+ / 0-)

    is now a capitol offense in Walkerville?  

    "Permit" me to hum along at home in Florida -- as I was born in Madison 70 years ago, when it was still part of radio free america.

    De fund + de bunk = de EXIT--->>>>>

    by Neon Mama on Mon Dec 19, 2011 at 10:23:44 AM PST

  •  I always protest with family! (0+ / 0-)

    This is my sister, officer, and those four people are our cousins.  Of course they all brought their kids and their spouses and their cousins, etc.

    And those people are our Union brothers and sisters.

    Adds up to quite a lot of family, don't you think, officer?

    Hey, you can be part of our family too!

    Oh, yeah, I forgot to mention:  we're all lobbyists, as well!  

    So, no, I don't think we need a permit.  Thanks for asking, officer!

    You cannot evict an idea whose time has come.

    by rsmpdx on Mon Dec 19, 2011 at 10:38:20 AM PST

  •  Thanks for the Infor & the Link to Maddow. (0+ / 0-)

    Wonderful news in your post, thanks for keeping the world informed.  Solidarity Choruses around the world would be awesome!

    Convict Bush, Cheney and their torture cabal. Support universal health care,unions, WikiLeaks and Occupy Wall Street! Time for a totally new, democratic economic system. Turn the corporations into worker cooperatives!

    by Justina on Mon Dec 19, 2011 at 11:01:07 AM PST

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