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Protesters Embarrass Wisconsin Republicans With Presentation of Urine Cups in Act Against New Plan

Urine cupsOutraged by Republican lawmakers’ plan to drug test the state’s welfare recipients, the Wisconsin National Organization for Women displayed its angst by marching to the state capitol in medical gloves and hospital scrubs and delivering a urine cup to the office of each Republican lawmaker.

The aim of the demonstration and dispensing of urine cups brings into focus the national disenchantment with the new measure, especially in Black urban communities. The perception is that African-Americans, in general, benefit from welfare more than others, which many believe makes lawmakers eager to pass measures like drug testing. Objectors to the plan consider it some sort of twisted punishment for needing assistance.

“First of all, it’s a violation to the right to privacy,” Wisconsin NOW President Dayna Long said. “Federal court of appeals has already ruled that it’s a violation of the Fourth Amendment.

“This isn’t about saving the state money or removing people from welfare. This is about vilifying people who are receiving public assistance,” Long added.

The idea of the program, according to Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott to Walker, who drafted the bill, was to serve as motivation for welfare benefactors to avoid drugs and seek employments.

“To ensure that we’re not spending all this time supporting them, getting them to move into the work force and then finding out they can’t get hired because they can’t pass a drug test,” he told a local television station.

Long did not embrace that notion.

“People don’t stay on public assistance because it’s fun or because it’s glamorous or because they rather have a free ride while they use drugs,” she insisted. “They’re on public assistance because they’re struggling.”

Walker has said that he would make welfare drug testing one of his top priorities for this term—something that makes Long cringe.


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  1. No one said anything about only blacks are on welfare . But I'd like to point out a black person here entered that into the conversation . People on welfare need help cause they are struggling. My tax money is paying for you while u , lol struggle. So you should be happy u are getting help so happy in fact that ud want to show us how much u care by supporting this effort for those who really are in need. And get rid of those who abuse the system that's what this is about. Any of ur other ideas are not warranted. People who are buying alcohol and cigarettes on the ebt cards should lose them. Ebt is for food. I'd even settle for power and gas that's it. But to swap gas for alcohol is illegal do it and loose it. If ur on ebt ur slaves to the tax payers. Woo hoo. Did u get that stand up on ur own two feet. Stop worrying about the dude on drugs fix yourself and the system will spew the others out.

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