We will begin our work in two cities: Baltimore, Maryland, and a yet-to-be-determined city in West Virginia
We have selected Baltimore, Maryland, as the first of two cities to participate in our pilot program. Although we haven’t yet finalized the location of the second city, we believe an impoverished area of West Virginia, the poorest state in the United States and a location proximal to Baltimore, may be ideal.
The poverty in Baltimore (urban) and most parts of West Virginia (rural and semi-rural) is so severe and widespread and shocking that these areas may not seem to be part of the United States, the richest country in the world.
So shocking is poverty in McDowell County, West Virginia, for example, that many residents live in devastating poverty of the sort found in some of the most impoverished areas of Africa and South East Asia and South America. Residents sometimes walk for many miles to get to work and school. And as Sabrina Shrader, a poverty expert and longtime resident of McDowell County stresses, “people think just the children are hungry, but parents are hungry too.”
The myriad of problems in these communities exemplify the endemic institutionalized social and economic and class and race problems that have plagued the United States for decades—some of the very problems AI Humanity set out to solve.
Furthermore, the demographics of both places (mostly impoverished Blacks in Baltimore and impoverished Whites in West Virginia) give us the opportunity not only to solve many of the enduring problems in these communities, but also to heal the dissension between cultures, classes, and races, where such dissension exists.
When we expect to start the pilot program
We will begin early research and grassroots efforts in Baltimore sometime in January 2019. And we will begin the heavy prosperity-for-the-unprosperous work (working directly with the unprosperous and lawmakers and community leaders) in Baltimore in spring 2019. After we finalize the second location for the pilot program—a city or district in West Virginia—we will begin our work there sometime after spring 2019.
- Baltimore, Maryland
- West Virginia
Why We Have Selected Baltimore, Maryland
We have selected Baltimore, Maryland, as the first of two locations for our pilot program, for the following reasons:
Baltimore is one of the poorest big cities and the third or fourth most violent city in the United States.
The problems endemic to Baltimore—drug trafficking, drug addiction, violent crimes, generational poverty, lack of opportunity, cognitive deficiency of the poor, homelessness, group conflict, police-and-community dissension and distrust, joblessness, few rewarding jobs, unsafe neighborhoods, thousands of abandoned homes and buildings, unsafe drinking water (lead) in some neighborhoods, and poor K–12 public education—make the city, known as Charm City, an ideal location for AI Humanity’s work, since we set out to solve, globally, all the noted problems that afflict the city of Baltimore today.
We are hopeful the present lawmakers and community leaders of Baltimore will embrace the courageousness, openness, and judiciousness necessary for transformative change and for the realization of widespread prosperity in Baltimore. AI Humanity relies of these principles to properly execute our comprehensive work in the communities we aim help.
For our pilot program, we want to start off with a sufficiently challenging city that will put all of our resources and innovations and strategies and policies to a rigorous real-world test.