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The Black Panther Party instituted or envisioned starting all of these programs as part of a process to help African Americans and other oppressed peoples meet their basic necessities so that they might organize to acquire the resources for self-determination and empowerment.
Some of these programs still exist or were models for many of today’s human and community service programs.
GEORGE JACKSON MEDICAL CLINIC Provides free medical treatment and preventative medical care for the people. THE SICKLE CELL ANEMIA RESEARCH FOUNDATION Established to test and create a cure for Sickle Cell Anemia The foundation informs people about Sickle Cell Anemia and maintains an advisory committee of doctors researching this crippling disease. PEOPLE'S FREE DENTAL PROGRAM (Being implemented) Provides free dental check-ups, treatment and an educational program for dental hygiene. PEOPLE'S FREE OPTOMETRY PROGRAM (Being implemented) Provides free eye examinations, treatment and eyeglasses for the people. PEOPLE'S FREE AMBULANCE PROGRAM Provides free, rapid transportation for sick or injured people without time-consuming checks into the patients' financial status or means. FREE FOOD PROGRAM Provides free food to Black and other oppressed people. FREE BREAKFAST PROGRAM Provides children with a free nourishing, hot breakfast every school morning FOOD COOPERATIVE PROGRAM Provides food for people through community participation and community cooperative buying. INTERCOMMUNAL NEWS SERVICE Provides news and information about the world and Black and oppressed communities. PEOPLE'S FREE COMMUNITY EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM Provides free job-finding services to poor and oppressed People. SHOE PROGRAM (Being Implemented) Provides free shoes, made at the People’s Free Shoe Factory, to the people. PEOPLE’S FREE CLOTHING PROGRAM Provides new, stylish and quality clothing free to people. PEOPLE'S FREE LEGAL AID AND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM Provides legal aid classes and full legal assistance to people who are in need. FREE BUSING TO PRISONS PROGRAM Provides free transportation to prisons for families and friends of prisoners. FREE COMMISSARY FOR PRISONERS PROGRAM Provides imprisoned men and women with funds to purchase necessary commissary items. SENIORS AGAINST A FEARFUL Environment (S.A.F.E.) Program Provides free transportation and escort service for senior citizens to and from community banks on the first of each month. PEOPLE'S COOPERATIVE HOUSING PROGRAM Provides, with federal government aid, decent, low-cost and high-quality housing for Black and poor communities. PEOPLE'S FREE PLUMBING AND MAINTENANCE PROGRAM People’s Free Plumbing and Maintenance Program Provides free plumbing and repair services to improve people’s homes. FREE PEST CONTROL Free household extermination of rats, roaches and other disease carrying pests and rodents. PEOPLE’S COOPERATIVE HOUSING PROGRAM Provides, with federal government aid, decent, low cost and high quality housing for Black and poor communities. OAKLAND COMMUNITY SCHOOL Provides Black and other oppressed children with a scientific method of thinking about and analyzing things. This method develops basic skills for living in this society. LIBERATION SCHOOLS: FREE MUSIC AND DANCE PROGRAMS Provides children free supplementary educational facilities and materials to promote a correct view of their role in the society and provides support for the Music and Dance programs of the Oakland Community School. CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER Provides 24-hour childcare facilities for infants and children between the ages of 2 months and three years Youth are engaged in a scientific program to develop their physical and mental facilities at the earliest ages.