Louisiana

 This new statement by the  Women’s Health & Justice Initiative condemns the irresponsible and demeaning use of drug testing to police the lives of welfare recipients.  We urge you to use the statement, and credit us, when addressing these intersecting issues, even if your political work is not centered around low-income women or women of color. 

In the aftermath of BP oil drilling disaster, it seemed that an overwhelming (albeit needed) amount of attention was given to restoring the environment, protecting animals, and the money – always the money.  Very little attention was given to actually providing health care to people impacted by the oil disaster or the response to the disaster.

On Wednesday, about 300 fishermen rallied on the steps of the State Capitol in Baton Rouge, in protest of the ongoing impacts of the BP disaster.


The rally highlighted two main issues: the low price of seafood and commercial fishermen being blamed for recent sea turtle deaths.

BP is responsible for both, they say, but fishermen are unfairly shouldering the burden.

How many family fishermen will be put out of business in the Gulf of Mexico, before NOAA's inept handling of the BP oil/dispersant disaster is investigated?  The fishing families, coastal communities, marine life and the natural resources they depend on for survival, continue to suffer through the largest oil disaster and ill-conceived cleanups in the history of our country.  And now, these fishing families are being blamed for turtle deaths.  NOAA (National Oceanic

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