Gov. Walker’s Budget Repair Bill Will Most Adversely Affect Wisconsin Minorities

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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed the state’s controversial Budget Repair Bill last Friday amidst protests and disapproval from tens of thousands of citizens. Although it has not been on the forefront in the media, the bill will be most detrimental to the minority communities of Wisconsin and have a powerful effect on workers’ rights nationwide. Therefore, The League of Young Voters Education Fund teamed up with the Ebony Newsroom at a recent rally in Madison to give a voice to the people who are being affected the most.

The minority population of Wisconsin has not been given the proper platform to stand up for their rights even though this group will be hit the hardest by the new regulations of the Budget Repair Bill. The African-American community makes up 6 percent of Wisconsin’s population and over 25 percent of that is in Milwaukee County alone. This group has already been through hardship and cannot afford even more cuts to programs such as Badgercare, Medicare and Food Stamps. The Budget Repair Bill may have already been signed, but the minority population of Wisconsin is participating in rallies and protests until their voices are heard.

Jacob Wheeler

In addition to shooting videos for The UpTake, Jacob Wheeler is a contributing editor at the progressive political magazine In These Times, publishes the Glen Arbor Sun in his native Michigan, and authored "Between Light and Shadow," a recent book about the Guatemalan adoption industry. Wheeler's stories have appeared in such magazines as the Utne Reader, Earth Island Journal, Rotarian and Teaching Tolerance magazine, and newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor. He speaks fluent Spanish, German and Danish.

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