Walker's Wisconsin – Pressure Point Controls

As Scott Walker spoke to Republicans in Alabama, Police employed jugular notch controls on singers in the Capitol Rotunda.
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“We need to embody courage at the local level, at the state level and Lord knows at the national level,” Walker told the crowd”.All Alabama blog

As Walker spoke, Chief Dave Erwin was posted in the situation room in the basement of the Capitol observing the action in the rotunda on his bank of monitors, watching and waiting to radio the command to make an arrest.

Meanwhile, in Alabama, Walker spoke on describing the turmoil during the protests that surrounded the Wisconsin capitol.


“In times of crisis what people want more than anything is leadership,” he said.

Erwin’s features hold a ghostly aspect in the blue/gray glow of the monitors as he points to a tall man in a cream shirt and speaks into his radio, “Get him. The tall guy to your left. Arrest him.” On the rotunda floor four police officers surround and corral David Newby, the former head of the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO, and apply restraints.

In Alabama, Walker continues with his accounts on how he was victimized:

He said he received death threats, and his mother and son were shouted at and spit upon during a trip to the grocery store.

Now, as the words to “If I had a hammer, I’d ring it in the morning” echo through his head set, Erwin spots a likely suspect in one of the monitors. He is a young black man who Erwin recognizes as a trouble maker; that is anyone who frequents the daily Solidarity Singing in the rotunda.

He commands, “Move in the the black guy with the dread locks. Now. Get the other one too.”

Alabama Republican Party Chairman Bill Armistead said.”He’s a guy that doesn’t mind making a stand and doesn’t back down.”

As applause and cheers echo through the Renaissance Hotel in Montgomery, Alabama; the voices of solidarity in the rotunda are singing the line, “If I had a bell….”, when screams and shouts erupt to squelch out the song. A young black man is splayed out on the marble floor as four officers surround his prone body, and one of them pushes a knuckle deep into his neck, a pressure control technique called a “jugular notch”.

Erwin leans forward in his chair like a sports fan moved toward victory, “Clear him. Clear the area.” he orders.

Scott Walker has left the stage in the Montgomery hotel and is shaking hands with Alabama republicans who look to him as the hope for the future.

In the rotunda, the singing has resumed.

“I’d ring out danger.
I’d ring out warning.
I ring about the love between my brothers and my sisters,
all over this land.”






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Walker's Wisconsin – Silencing Song

Silencing of Song in Fitzwalkerstan, Whoville, or Estonia

Wisconsin labor leader Marty Beil calls on union members to join Solidarity Sing Along
Judith Davidoff on Friday 08/16/2013 5:06 pm

“This is our fight and our time. We need you standing shoulder to shoulder with other Wisconsin citizens to call out the inequities, corruption and incompetence of the Walker administration. Yours in the union!”

There is a power and spirit in song that sustains the human spirit with an eternal foundation more enduring than the earth itself.

Capitol Police Chief, David Erwin, has embarked on a mission impossible. He has been cast in a role in which he is doomed to fail. Many a predecessor, who have set out to silence the singing voices of an inspired people, have all been defeated by a omniscient power outside the limited authoritarian code. What happened to the “Grinch who stole Christmas” and the kings of psychotic horror, Stalin and Hitler, in face with the power of song? The Who’s of Whoville won out over the Grinch as the people of Estonia smashed the dictators with a most gentle and lyrical grace.

“Hallelujah”

I’ve heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don’t really care for music, do you?
– Leonard Cohen

Yet, out of ignorance or a self righteous zeal for power and purpose, despots have taken aim at the power of angels who, in every instance, are left dancing on the ashes of the villains of history – of the Grinches and dictators who failed in the the fool’s mission of the silencing of song.

The “David” who did not care for music

Chief David Erwin (pictured below) is not the David who played the Hallelujah that pleased, but seems to be a David who really doesn’t care for music, or singing in the Capitol Rotunda. What is it about song that raises the hackles of Chief David? The answer is simple and goes back to the birth of song itself – song flies on the wings of angels and cannot be clubbed or cuffed into submission. Song is the maker of fools; it leaves those who attempt to subdue it stranded on a beech while attempting to collect the ocean in a little plastic pail.

This David, who does not care for music, is the new chief of the Wisconsin Capitol Police who has been shuffling along trying to fill the huge shoes of Chief Tubbs. He is bringing a new approach to law enforcement in the Capitol which includes striking a harsh E flat Major in the silencing of song.

The Song of the Solidarity Sing Along

Regulars at the Solidarity Sing Along have rode the wings of angels in the Capitol rotunda space on most weekdays at noon for 17 months singing old union songs and folk tunes. I don’t know what the original inspiration was, but the daily singing harkens to the touching human story of the “Singing Revolution’ of Estonia.

The Soviets took the Estonians’ farms and their churches and their freedom of speech, but they could not take away the folk songs that had been passed down from generation to generation. Singing their folk songs had always kept the Estonian spirit alive. “We had no weapons but singing,” says one Estonian. “Being together, singing together, this was our power.

At the link below you will find another link to the movie “The Singing Revolution” on Netflix.
Singing Revolution

Journalist, Madison alder arrested as Wisconsin Capitol police broaden crackdown
Judith Davidoff and Joe Tarr on Thursday 08/15/2013 6:52 pm

Rothschild (Progressive editor) says when he told the officers he had a right to be there, one grabbed his arm and told him he was being charged with obstruction.

“I didn’t get close to the officers,” he says. “I didn’t get in their face when we walked down the hall. I was just trying to get in position to take a decent picture.”

Rothschild was brought in handcuffs to the basement offices of the Capitol Police and then transferred to Dane County jail in a squad car. He was fingerprinted, frisked and photographed for a mug shot. He then spent just under 90 minutes in a holding cell with three other inmates.

Let Us Sing!

In their own way and in their own time, and using their voices alone, the people of Estonia fought for their independence. Estonian activist Heinz Valk called it “the Singing Revolution.” He says of that time, “Until now, revolutions have been filled with destruction, burning, killing and hate, but we started our revolution with a smile and a song.”

When their capitol was secure, activist Marju Lauristin stood out on the balcony of the building and thanked the people. “We were sure that if you came to help us that you would do it in the way you did. With your intelligence, your songs, your heart. That is when we are at our strongest. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.” And the people of Estonia raised their clasped hands to the sky above, and sang.






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Arrest Ye Merry Gentlemen

Men, even when alone, lighten their labors by song, however rude it may be.
Quintilian

Protest is one thing. Song is another

Taking measures to quiet any group of people when singing, strikes at heart strings as a sacrilege against all that is human. The police can be sent in with shields and gas to stop the protest, the march, the occupation and find many sympathizers, but this is not true of a protest arising out of people joined in song.

Who can sympathize with the Grinch as he complains:

Sing, sing sing sing now I’ll never get no sleep
I’m screaming out the window but it don’t do no good
They sing and sing and sing
All through the neighborhood, sing sing sing

They take their little break and then
They do it all again

Now we have a Governor Grinch whose whose dread of song can be best described in the words of Dr. Seuss, in 3 words “Stink, Stank, Stonk”!

Every weekday,for nearly two years, as the clock strikes noon, dozens of demonstrators pass out songbooks inside the Wisconsin Capitol. Office workers who know what’s coming scramble to close their doors, and several police officers take up watch from a distance.Huffington Post

102 citations have been issued since new Capitol Police Chief, former Marine and body guard to GovernEr Scott Walker, David Erwin took over. These citations are “valued” at $200.50 and up. The total charged against singers is now more than $24,000!

There is a power and spirit in song that sustains the human spirit with an eternal foundation more enduring than the earth itself.

David Erwin has embarked on a mission impossible. He has cast himself in a role that has been the doom of many a predecessor as fantastical as the Grinch who stole Christmas and historically psychotic as Stalin and Hitler. Yet, out of ignorance or a self righteous zeal for power and purpose this mere mortal has taken aim at the power of angels and stands on the ashes of those villains of history who have failed in the silencing of song.

David is the new chief of the Wisconsin Capitol Police who is already shuffling along trying to fill the huge shoes of Chief Tubbs. He is bringing a new approach to law enforcement in the Capitol which includes striking a harsh E flat Major in the silencing of song.
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“Hallelujah”

I’ve heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don’t really care for music, do you?
– Leonard Cohen

Chief David Erwin (pictured above) is not the David who played but seems to be a David who really doesn’t care for music, or singing in the Capitol Rotunda. What is it about song that raises the hackles of Chief David? The answer is simple and goes back to the birth of song itself – song flies on the wings of angels and cannot be clubbed or cuffed into submission. Song is the maker of fools and leaves those who attempt to subdue it, as ridiculous as the boy who would attempt to collect the ocean in his little plastic pail.

Help Free the Solidarity Song for Wisconsin

ALL Donations go directly to individuals who have been
cited for singing in the Wisconsin State Capital.

The cancelled check will be scanned and presented on this site.

DONATE Link – Help Free the Song

Need a little motivational push?

You are contributing to the same spirit of song that has endured in Estonia’s long fight for independence. The Estonian people endured with a revolution filled with smiles and song.

In their own way and in their own time, and using their voices alone, the people of Estonia fought for their independence. Estonian activist Heinz Valk called it “the Singing Revolution.” He says of that time, “Until now, revolutions have been filled with destruction, burning, killing and hate, but we started our revolution with a smile and a song.”

When their capitol was secure, activist Marju Lauristin stood out on the balcony of the building and thanked the people. “We were sure that if you came to help us that you would do it in the way you did. With your intelligence, your songs, your heart. That is when we are at our strongest. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.” And the people of Estonia raised their clasped hands to the sky above, and sang.

Silencing of Song in Estonia/Fitzwalkerstan

There is a power and spirit in song that sustains the human spirit with an eternal foundation more enduring than the earth itself.

David Erwin has embarked on a mission impossible. He has cast himself in a role that has been the doom of many a predecessor as fantastical as the Grinch who stole Christmas and historically psychotic as Stalin and Hitler. Yet, out of ignorance or a self righteous zeal for power and purpose this mere mortal has taken aim at the power of angels and stands on the ashes of those villains of history who have failed in the silencing of song.

David is the new chief of the Wisconsin Capitol Police who is already shuffling along trying to fill the huge shoes of Chief Tubbs. He is bringing a new approach to law enforcement in the Capitol which includes striking a harsh E flat Major in the silencing of song.

“Hallelujah”

I’ve heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don’t really care for music, do you?
– Leonard Cohen

Chief David Erwin (pictured below) is not the David who played but seems to be a David who really doesn’t care for music, or singing in the Capitol Rotunda. What is it about song that raises the hackles of Chief David? The answer is simple and goes back to the birth of song itself – song flies on the wings of angels and cannot be clubbed or cuffed into submission. Song is the maker of fools and leaves those who attempt to subdue it, as ridiculous as the boy who would attempt to collect the ocean in his little plastic pail.

The Song of the Solidarity Sing Along

Regulars at the Solidarity Sing Along have rode the wings of angels in the Capitol rotunda space on most weekdays at noon for 15 months singing old union songs and folk tunes. I don’t know what the original inspiration was, but it reminds me of the “Singing Revolution’ of Estonia.

The Soviets took the Estonians’ farms and their churches and their freedom of speech, but they could not take away the folk songs that had been passed down from generation to generation. Singing their folk songs had always kept the Estonian spirit alive. “We had no weapons but singing,” says one Estonian. “Being together, singing together, this was our power.

At the link below you will find another link to the movie “The Singing Revolution” on Netflix.
Singing Revolution

Silencing of Song

Like all the oppressors of song in the past be they Grinch or General the melody of song poses a threat for the unleashing of human spirit that must be controlled and gagged. On some unconscious level authority representing oppression hears song like mouse hears a hawk cry with an instinctual reaction of the threat of power of survival.

Two weeks ago officers began taking notes about the identities of singers and the content of the signs and banners they bring to the Sing Along. The notes consist of physical descriptions of people and quotes from the signs. Free speech activists haven’t let that intimidate them. Rather, they have turned these actions into fuel for more creative displays of free speech. Progressive – “Cracking Down”

The smell of the tactics of Fascism – they come to your door

Yesterday, the new tactic was employed in the silencing of song that is as old as the actions taken in Estonia, Berlin, Poland – an early warning sign for any dark place on the earth. It seems somewhat innocent at first. The authorities do not react to song or arrest the singers in public where people and press are assembled to document the beating down of song. They come to your door where there is no press or witness.

At 4:20pm this afternoon, Jason Huberty answered a knock on his door. It was two Capitol Police officers calling to deliver citations to him and his partner, Lisa Wells.

At 5:30 pm Brandon Barwick was walking through the Capitol building when Capitol Police officer Mitch Steingraeber called him down to the Capitol Police Station to deliver his citation for violating WI Administrative Code 2.14(2)(v) “obstruct access, passage, etc. (no permit).” Barwick is a long-time participant in the Solidarity Sing Along.
WCM coop “New Police Tactic”

UPDATE 5:30 pm Tuesday 9-11

“Bart Munger showed up to his job at the UW Physical Plant this morning to find a Capitol police officer and a UW police officer waiting for him. They were there to deliver two citations for holding a banner at the Solidarity Sing Along the day before. Munger was alerted by his supervisor that the officers were looking for him at his place of employment.

Munger, who lives 35 miles away in Milton, WI, said Capitol Police discovered where he works when he was taken out of the rotunda in handcuffs last week for displaying a sign. He said that when he was in the police station, he was requested to empty his pockets. A Capitol Police detective then opened his wallet and removed all of his credit and identification cards, including his University of Wisconsin employee identification.”
Activist Cited

Come Sing

As many of the protest signs and slogans have come and gone, the song has survived. Song will not be silenced in Wisconsin any more than it was elsewhere in time and place. Ride the wings of angels and join in the song of the Solidarity Singers, the people of Estonia, and the hope of the world.

In their own way and in their own time, and using their voices alone, the people of Estonia fought for their independence. Estonian activist Heinz Valk called it “the Singing Revolution.” He says of that time, “Until now, revolutions have been filled with destruction, burning, killing and hate, but we started our revolution with a smile and a song.”

When their capitol was secure, activist Marju Lauristin stood out on the balcony of the building and thanked the people. “We were sure that if you came to help us that you would do it in the way you did. With your intelligence, your songs, your heart. That is when we are at our strongest. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.” And the people of Estonia raised their clasped hands to the sky above, and sang.