Rep.Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sported a Black Panther shirt in an Instagram submit Wednesday touting the group’s influential early Seventies free meals program.
“Do you know: In case you or anybody you realize ever benefited from free & lowered college lunch, you’ve probably benefited from the work and legacy of the Black Panthers?” Ocasio-Cortez mentioned within the submit to her Instagram story.
The militant group launched the “Folks’s Free Meals Program” again in Oakland in 1969 as a approach to each enhance its picture and feed college students breakfast earlier than college in marginalized communities of colour.
Whereas the federal authorities had begun piloting free meals for college kids a number of years earlier, the Black Panther program had helped push the federal government into instituting the coverage nationwide in 1975, in response to a History Channel article AOC shared in her tales.
“It was so well-liked that communities began to really feel that in key areas like youngster starvation, the Panthers have been caring for his or her kids higher than the federal government was,” AOC went not.
The firebrand progressive representing the Bronx and Queens mentioned this system had “impressed” her workplace’s personal coronavirus meals aid program, whereas calling out the federal authorities for not doing sufficient through the disaster.
“[W]e’ve raised and distributed over $1 MILLION in meals & direct help to individuals when the Fed Gov wouldn’t (and nonetheless gained’t) assist,” she wrote in a follow-up submit to her Instagram story.