Wellstone in Action

Photos Copyright 1998 Eric M. Appleman/Democracy in Action.  All rights reserved.

Nov. 19, 1997--Children's Tour, Baltimore. Sen. Wellstone visits the Living Classroom Foundation's "Fresh Start" program located at Fell's Point. "Fresh Start" is a remedial program for students who have dropped out of high school. It uses a "learning by doing" approach. Youths in the program start by putting together a tool box and work up to building wooden chairs. Each day participants complete an evaluation sheet measuring their own punctuality, cooperation, self-discipline ("staying on track"), self-motivation, professionalism and work quality.   
Nov. 19, 1997--Children's Tour, Baltimore. Sen. Wellstone emerges from an apartment in Flaghouse Courts, a project consisting of three 110-unit towers. Residents enter this building through a stark metal gate, watched over by a guard. Bare concrete and a balky elevator set the tone. Many of the units are empty. Earlier Wellstone had visited the newly-built Pleasant View Gardens community. 228 townhomes, a day care center, 110 units for the elderly and a community center were constructed on an 18-acre site that was formerly Lafayette Courts, a six tower, 807 unit project built in 1954.    
Nov. 19, 1997--Children's Tour, Baltimore. Sen. Wellstone listens to students in the library of the Canton Middle School. The school serves many high risk students. Principal Craig Spilman advocates "expeditionary learning" in which real-life experiences are woven into the curriculum. C-SPAN covered this event.   
Nov. 19, 1997--Children's Tour, Baltimore. Sen. Wellstone speaks at the Baltimore Healthy Start Program in Sandtown. He handed out GED certificates to some in the audience. Healthy Start emphasizes a community-based approach to reducing infant mortality. Of about one hundred employees, eighty have come off welfare. Moving beyond traditional pre-natal care, the center provides pediatric care, on-site WIC demonstrations, a breast-feeding program, parenting classes, women's support groups, psychotherapy and GED classes. A Men's Services program serves about 300 fathers.   
Nov. 19, 1997--Children's Tour, Baltimore. At the Umoja Head Start Academy at Harlem Park Community School, Sen. Wellstone makes a point. The center, which opened in 1995, serves about one hundred three- and four-year old children in a safe environment and is also a resource for parents, providing programs in areas such as budgeting, welfare reform, health issues and parenting. All of the approximately $473,000 it costs to run Umoja Head Start, serving 102 children for a 10-month period, comes from the federal government. Helen Spence, director of the center (to Wellstone's left) noted that Head Start reauthorization was coming up in 1998. 
Oct. 21, 1997. Sen. Wellstone speaks to College Democrats at the George Washington University.  
May 14, 1997. Sen. Wellstone emphasizes a point after his speech to the National Press Club, in which he spoke of "a quiet crisis, a crisis of money, power and injustice." Two weeks later, on May 29, Wellstone embarked on his "Children's Tour" with a visit to Tunica County, Mississippi. In the tour, which also took him to Minneapolis, Chicago, eastern Kentucky, Los Angeles and Baltimore, he sought "to reveal...the face of poverty as it exists today" and to put a focus on economic justice issues.