“We call them “survival programs” meaning survival pending revolution. We say that the survival program of the Black Panther Party is like the survival kit of a sailor stranded on a raft. It helps him to sustain himself until he can get completely out of that situation. The survival programs will help to organize the community around a true analysis and understanding of their situation. When consciousness and understanding is raised to a high level then the community will seize the time and deliver themselves from the boot of their oppressors”
~Huey Percy Newton~ Black Panther Party
People’s Survival Program Detroit
Serving the needs of the People in Detroit
In the well known city of Detroit for its Auto Industry which provided many jobs and income in the early 1900’s. Today unemployment rates has risen. Our mission is to provide a sense of hope by showing that when we become involved as a whole we can overcome these circumstances. Our tax dollars are suppose to serve the people, and when they fail us we as a community take manners into our own hands by helping and saving ourselves. In today’s world money seems to have a say on our survival. We are attempting to not promote greed but love by sharing with each other and listening to each other’s needs. By doing this we hope to raise the consciousness of the people. Realizing that no one person exist on their own but by working together and with the power of love and unity we don’t have to struggle, but we as a people can uplift each other and revitalize our communities during these hard times and continue it once we become the change we want to see.
Originally Inspired by Mao Zedong’s advice to revolutionaries in The Little Red Book, Huey Newton Founder of The Black Panthers, called on the Panthers to “serve the people” and to make “survival programs” a priority within its branches. The most famous of their programs was the Free Breakfast for Children Program, initially run out of an Oakland church in 1969. This was the beginning, they added more programs to serve the people and it grew rapidly serving over 10,000 children breakfast before school along with the other programs they had for the community. After the 1980’s The program faded.
In conjunction with The Black Souljahz in New York, Detroit’s Black Souljahz has initiated the People’s Survival Program Detroit to serve communities of Detroit. The Program was started in New York, in October of 2008 continuing on the legacy of the Black Panthers and the spirit of the programs they had implemented. The program was introduced to Detroit’s Zone 8 area November 16, 2012, with it’s first People’s Survival Program “Feed The People” Event At the Urban Network located on Grandriver street. Free Hot meals, Fruit, Desert, and Clothes were served to the people, Surveys was taken to learn how to better serve the community and to help organize community involvement as well.
As we move forward and grow the People’s Survival Program will be adding programs in addition to the “Feed The People” Event which takes place every 3rd Sunday to serve and uplift our community.