A Discussion on Poverty in Maryland Sponsored by Pollination

Poverty in Maryland
A Program Sponsored by Pollination
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
7 PM

Our goal with Pollination is to encourage fellow Charlestown residents to talk and think about issues, matters, questions, and topics that affect our lives and those of our fellow citizens. After exploring ageism in January and February and disaster services in March, we introduce a new topic in April, poverty in Maryland.

Pollination has invited the united way of central Maryland to talk with us about its ALICE study. Starting with a test run in Morris County N.J. in 2009, ALICE studies have now been conducted in 18 states, including Maryland in 2017. The ALICE studies provide a framework to measure and understand the struggles of the growing number of households in our communities that do not earn enough to afford basic necessities – a population called ALICE – Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.

Who is ALICE?

ASSET LIMITED: ALICE has no safety net for emergencies.
INCOME CONSTRAINED: ALICE’S income falls short of basic necessities.
EMPLOYED: ALICE is working, but can’t afford the cost of living.

Why talk about poverty in Maryland, by some measures the richest state in America? Does our state have a problem worth considering? Should we be concerned? Maryland’s ALICE shows that 825,000 households, more than a third, can’t afford the state’s high cost of living and don’t earn enough to afford basic necessities on a day-by-day basis.

~John Geist~

United Seniors of MD Legislative Forum in Annapolis

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
7 AM
Free Shuttle Service from lobbies
Departs 9 AM: Returns early afternoon
Cost: $15

Cost includes, admission, breakfast snacks, box lunch, and annual membership to the United Seniors of MD. Hear leaders from the Executive Branch and the General Assembly. Meet with Senators and Delegates from Baltimore County.

Contact: Don Sillars (Check Resident Directory in print or online through MyErickson.

Multiracial Awareness Group Presents on the Civil Rights Movement on Feb. 20

The Multiracial Awareness Discussion Group continues its monthly exploration into our history of racism.

The Civil Rights Movement
presented by Arthur Jones
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
10 – 11:30 AM
Brookside Classroom #1

Learn about the influence the Civil Rights Movement had on our laws and our attitudes, then and now. Arthur Jones, a Charlestown resident, was deeply involved with the March on Washington during the Civil Rights Movement as a reporter and journalist. He will share his personal accounting of some of the more contentious moments in the battle for the Civil Rights Act.

The Multiracial Awareness Discussion Group invites everyone to attend its monthly discussion meeting to better understand racial issues we face in our society today. Questions? Contact Lois Schmidt or Joan Green. See the Resident Directory in MyErickson for contact information.

Join the Discussion of Ageism on February 12

Ageism in America and the Impact on Us
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
7 PM

All are welcome to the program, which will begin with an airing of Ashton Apple White’s TED Talk, Let’s End Ageism. This will be followed by a discussion with Ann McKay, whose career focused on aging services, and Pat Alt, Professor Emerita at Towson University, who taught courses on aging.

~ Sponsored by Charlestown’s Pollination Coordinating Committee ~