There were people singing in the state Capitol rotunda on Monday, but it wasn’t the usual group opposed to the policies of Governor Scott Walker, and there were no arrests.
Madison conservative activist David Blaska applied for the permit – and led the ‘We Got A Permit’ sing-along over the noon hour. “I just wanted to show Wisconsin and Madison that there’s other voices out there that would like to use this rotunda, that’s it’s not the exclusive domain of the Solidarity singers,” said Blaska.
Blaska and about 50 others sang some patriotic songs – and some song parodies – for about half an hour. “We had fun,” said Blaska. “I just think we showed that the permit system is not designed to limit speech, it’s designed to allow everyone to have a chance to speak.”
The “Solidarity” sing-along took place outside, on the Capitol lawn. If those singers return to the rotunda on Tuesday, it’s very likely more will be arrested and ticketed, as took place last week.