Capitol singers continue long tradition of protest
Even post recall election, protesters regularly return to Capitol to sing
MADISON, Wis. — Most of the demonstrations against Republican Gov. Scott Walker ended a long time ago. But every weekday at noon, a few dozen people still gather inside the Wisconsin Capitol and sing protest songs for an hour.
The 50 or so singers don’t have a clear goal. They said they’re upset about Walker’s efforts to strip most public workers of nearly all their union rights. And even though the governor survived a recall election, they still keep coming.
Singer Brandon Barwick, of Madison, said the singers are fighting for better political leadership.
Democratic state Sen. Fred Risser supports their cause but said the singing won’t prompt lawmakers to change their minds.
Republican state Rep. Stephen Nass said it’s long past time for the singers to stop disrupting activity in the Capitol.