Adamant about cultivating a global movement, Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alyokhina of Pussy Riot voiced their support for #SolidarityWisconsin and their calls to have Attorney General Van Hollen drop the array of charges facing the protestors who have been fighting on behalf of worker’s rights since Governor Scott Walker stripped collective bargaining rights in 2011.

Since then protestors have been have been frequenting the state capitol to sing to have their voices heard.

Pussy Riot’s appearance comes towards the end of a powerful video that provides context for this recent call to action.  The video is a product of the  The Voice Project, an organization that specializes in leveraging cultural advocacy as a means of changing the world. From their about page:

Our mission is to utilize the power of music to effective positive social change, alleviate suffering and promote human rights around the globe.

In the video, Erik Lohr of The Voice Project draws the parallel between Pussy Riot and the Wisconsin protesters.  Both cases consist of citizens being arrested for dissent and singing.  He notes that while we may be tempted to believe that what happened to Pussy Riot couldn’t happen here in America, in fact it does.

The irony lies in the fact that while Pussy Riot was arrested for singing in a religious institution, the protesters of Wisconsin are arguably going where they should be to voice their dissent. As Rep. Chris Taylor (D-76) of the Wisconsin Legislature acknowledges in the video:

The capitol rotunda was made to invite the people in and to accommodate protest.

The video notes that since the crackdown on protesters began in the summer of 2013 there were over 400 arrests made.  Many protesters are facing thousands of dollars in fines with thousands of taxpayer dollars being spent to prosecute them.  One protestor recalls being arrested for “tapping my feet to the rhythm of the music,” the reason for arrest mentioned on her corresponding ticket.

The video features a wide range of protesters from all sorts of background articulating their shared story in the simplest of terms:

I was arrested for singing.

It’s a powerful sequence that underlies what’s at stake.

Now the protestors are calling on Attorney General Van Hollen to throw out these charges.  Nadya and Masha appear in the video to voice their support and to emphasize the importance of ensuring that the right to peacefully assemble and voice dissent through musical means remains intact. As Nadya says:

Use music to change the world in the direction you want it to change.  Because music touches people and makes them act.

Indeed.

Click here for ways to Contact the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

Updated to reflect a more accurate number of arrests.