Aaron Dixon is a political activist who established the Seattle chapter of the Black Panther Party in 1968, and co-founded the Seattle Area Black Student Union (BSU) in 1967. His book, 'My People Are Rising: Memoir of a Black Panther Party Captain,' was published in 2012.
Aaron will speak about the Survival Programs that were launched by the Black Panther Party in 1970 when the economy was very weak following the Vietnam war. In response to the abject living conditions his poor people faced struggling to make ends meet.The Survival Programs supported, educated and uplifted the directly affected people. The objective was to work towards fighting for free medical care, food on every table, education for all and an end to discrimination and racism.
In particular, Aaron will cover the Free Breakfast for School Children program, free medical clinics and free food programs Aaron personally helped set up to care for people in arduous times. In My People Are Rising, Aaron emphasizes: "we were able to define all the tools of oppression that besieged our communities, then transformed those oppressions to the benefit of our communities."
"All power to the people!" - Black Panther Party
Read more about Aaron here: https://www.blackpast.org/african-american-history/dixon-aaron-1949/
Co-sponsored by Hoodstock, QPIRG-McGill, AFESPED-UQAM and Vanier College, Well-Being: Who Cares class, Femmes Noires Musulmanes au Québec, QPIRG-Concordia, GRIP-UQAM. Organized by Politics & Care.