Chicago public school students protest their … FREE cafeteria food

Students at Chicago’s Roosevelt High School are “fed up,” to quote NPR’s Scott Simon, with their free — yes,free — cafeteria food.

“They say the pizza is often burnt, the fruit cups are frozen and options are narrow and unhealthy,” Simon reports.

And the students aren’t going to take it. They’re boycotting the gratis grub until they get “fresher food, healthier food, a larger portion, food that [they] can actually eat,” student May Oo says.

The Daily Times reports:

“We want our school to be better,” Jacquez Conwell, a junior at Roosevelt High School participating in the student protest of the “crap” meals, told HuffPost. “It’s not fair for us kids, us teenagers, to go through the day where we’re not satisfied. And if we’re not satisfied, we’re not learning anything and we’re not focused.”

Conwell is one of many Roosevelt students participating in a campaign that’s been titled The School Lunch Project.

Late last month, students debuted their website featuring photos of unappetising food they’ve been served at school, including images of still-frozen fruit cups, spoiled produce and questionable meat.

The students also included a list of their proposals for change, including the option to have off-campus lunch, the addition of vending machines in the school and asking for more options beyond milk or water to drink. Students would also like more diverse entrees beyond the heavily processed foods typically available and they claim pizza, a fried chicken patty or a hamburger are their only options most days.

“Lunch time is the time where you eat and enjoy your free time,” the students’ website reads. “It’s supposed to be the place where students get the best healthy lunches like salads, sandwiches, fresh fruits, etc. Instead they give some gross, unhealthy food.”

Every student gets a free lunch (if they want) in Chicago schools so that, as NPR notes in its report on the boycott, there is no stigma for low-income students.

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Just exactly why are you using a white child as your poster child?

That maybe the only white child left in Chitcago.

LOL

@Ray Hause,

I believe that image is from the movie, "Willy Wonker and the Chocolate Factory".

Yeah, a beautiful white female child dressed appropriately for school - doesn't make sense. The reality is black, short short short skirt, high heels, too much make up and a lot of cleavage and a phone in their hands, no back pack.

Gee, I wonder how I made it through school having to carry a bagged lunch my mother (or I) prepared and took to school, kept it in my locker until time lunch time and it "satisfied" me so I could study and get good grades!  Now, having learned this, I'm pissed off, and I demand retribution and compensation for all the meals I didn't get free.

And also because this website didn't provide me an address to whom I can complain and submit my demand for the money!

Life just isn't fair, and to think I gave 36+ years in the Army to get a small pension (compared to Congress which gets one after only one 2 year term) 

I better cut this off as the more I think about it, the more pissed off I get and I'm liable to go to my room and throw a hissie fit!!!

Col Joseph

Good points. Today's kids are misfits with misfit parents and misfits for gov. And this is only the beginning.

Later though these whiners will be the first to get fried by the gov pan. Right now they are pawns to move the agenda forward.

Lyn

I think the term is "Useful Idiots"

Col Joseph

Yep temporary useful idiots.

I agree I'm retired Navy USNR an I'm getting 1% raise there at the same time I'm loosing $5 in my Social Security.

Yes I'm ticked off too. I should be compensated because my great, great, great, great, great, great grandfather had to work as a child before there were child labor laws.

Now you children know this is the new Mooochele Oblame prescribed diet for pubic schools. Eat up. Enjoy. Any left overs will be sent to Oblame's playmates....ISIS.

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Fact Check:   'Joe Biden Claims ‘We Didn’t Lock People Up In Cages’

CLAIM: Former Vice President Joe Biden claimed, on immigration: “We didn’t lock people up in cages.”

VERDICT: FALSE. The “cages” were built by the Obama-Biden administration.

Univision moderator Jorge Ramos asked Biden at the third Democrat debate at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas, why Latinos should trust him after the Obama administration continued deporting “undocumented immigrants.”

Biden claimed that the Obama administration’s policies were more humane than those of President Donald Trump: “We didn’t lock people up in cages,” he said.

In fact, the “cages” were built by the Obama administration to deal with a surge of unaccompanied minors who crossed the border illegally in 2014.

Originally, the Obama administration was “warehousing” children — literally — in overwhelmed Border Patrol facilities. Breitbart News broke the story of the surge, which was partly triggered by Obama’s policy of allowing illegal alien children who entered the country as minors to stay in the country (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA).

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The above photo was published by the Associated Press in June 2014, and the photo below is of Obama’s Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, touring a Border Patrol facility with “cages.”


Above: Border Patrol officers escort Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Gov. Jan Brewer through the department’s Nogales processing facility for immigrant children. (Photo courtesy Barry Bahler/Department of Homeland Security)

The “cages” are chain-link enclosures in Border Patrol processing facilities that are meant to protect children from adults in custody. They are not permanent accommodations.

In mid-2018, as the Trump administration began enforcing a “zero tolerance” policy that stopped the “catch-and-release” policy of letting illegal aliens go after they were arrested. Detaining adults and children meant that children had to be processed separately; the enclosures prevented adults from harming children.

As Breitbart News reported at the time, children were not housed in “cages.” They were processed and then taken to shelters, where they were given medical care, toiletries, education, recreation, and counseling, and where staff attempted to find relatives or sponsors to whom they could be released.

Democrats began tweeting images of “kids in cages” to condemn the Trump administration. Journalists, too, shared those images.

One problem: they were taken during the Obama administration.

Public outrage at the images led President Trump to end the policy, and require families to be detained together.

Democrats keep repeating the mistake, however: in July, they had to delete a tweet that used an image from the Obama era and cited the “inhumane treatment” of children by the Trump administration.

Republicans argue that not detaining illegal aliens is actually the cruel policy, because it encourages migrants to undertake a dangerous journey, often guided by cartels and smugglers.

As Breitbart News’ Alana Mastrangelo noted recently:

But what’s worse than “cages,” however, are reports of migrant children also being handed over to human traffickers during the Obama administration — while Biden was vice president — according to the New York Times. Between October 2013 and July 2015 alone, nearly 80,000 unaccompanied children from Central American countries were detained by U.S. authorities.

It remains unclear how many of the tens of thousands of children were handed over to human traffickers — including sex traffickers — during that span of nearly two years, as those cases are reportedly not tracked.

“Others were ransomed by the very smugglers to whom their families paid thousands of dollars to sneak them into the United States,” reported the New York Times in 2015, during Obama’s presidency and Biden’s vice presidency. “Some lost limbs during the journey or found themselves sold into sexual slavery.”

Biden told voters in South Carolina last month that he would close all border detention facilities, guaranteeing that the migrant flow would continue.

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