Squatters Rights: Local Poverty Activist Takes to the Streets for the Cause by Markus Noé
Cornwall ON – Warning! From May 17th to May 22nd Cornwall will have Reggie Walker roaming its back alleys, parks, and garbage dumpsters. Actually there is nothing to fear, Reggie Walker is in fact City Councilor candidate Gary Samler. Samler will be living as if he were homeless for 120 hours next week to raise poverty awareness throughout the community.
In a brief statement that Samler prepared he explains why at 54 he will be putting himself through such a grueling experience, “This is not just some publicity stunt for me, but as I see it, it will be an exciting and educational challenge for me to face in my life.” Samler continues to explain himself when he said, “I decided to give 120 hours of my life to better understand their situation and the issues they may face everyday. By deepening my understanding of their issues, as a local poverty activist I can better do my part to help the most vulnerable and needy of our citizens.”
While living on the streets of this fine town, Samler states that he will not be seeking any outside assistance throughout his adventure. However he will accept donations to survive.
At the end of his journey he hopes to share his experience with the media, healthcare providers and policy makers.
So its up to you Cornwall, would you like to put us to work and see some frontline journalism? If the public wants the CFN can track down Gary Samler A.K.A Reggie Walker and have daily reports to see how he’s doing? Throughout the five days that Samler is homeless he will not only be battling the climate and searching for food, but he will be living without his diabetes medication. Samler is holding nothing back and will be sacrificing all the comforts of his normal day to day life to shed a little light on a topic that rarely gets discussed.
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