Black Quotidian: Everyday History in African-American Newspapers

September 25, 1981

On September 25, 1981, the Philadelphia Tribune featured two pieces related to the Reagan administration’s budget cuts for welfare programs, which were set to take effect on October 1. On the front page, an article discussed what cuts to food stamps and WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) programs would mean for people in and around Philadelphia. “For the administration to suggest additional cuts, regardless of the magnitude, will be bad news for the Delaware Valley,” said Jurene Aiken-Jones, executive director of NORTH (North-central Organized Regionally for Total Health). Aiken-Jones said that only a quarter of the people in the region who were currently eligible for WIC were in the program, but “those participating have had fewer medical problems and expenses.” Page 10 of the Tribune followed up on this story, with an article that quoted a black mother who was struggling to make ends meet. “My children don’t have the right to live life as all humans need,” she said. The Tribune also featured a column of pictures of Philadelphia union members who joined a recent march to protest the cuts in Washington D.C. 


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