English comedian Russell Brand is once again using his platform for good. The author and movie star has become almost as well-known over the past decade for his work in the entertainment business as he has for advocating for the rights of the homeless and those suffering from substance abuse. Now Brand is hoping to once again help the people of his native England, this time with getting Prince Harry and his fiancé Meghan Markle a wedding present that is more fitting for the philanthropic couple than a new toaster oven.
Brand has started a petition on Change.Org to help raise awareness for the homeless people who will be negatively affected by the upcoming royal wedding in May. According to Councilor Simon Dudley, the homeless population who live in the area surrounding Windsor council will be subject to legal repercussions if they don’t vacate the area prior to the royal wedding to make room for the thousands of tourists and locals who will be lining the streets in anticipation of the royal event.
Local experts are concerned over the decision to incarcerate the local homeless, with many calling for more resources and facilities to help people who are living on the street find adequate clothing, food, shelter and medical help. That’s where Russell Brand comes in.
The comedian is now hoping to earn 75,000 signatures calling for a building to be donated to the Slough Homeless Our Concern (SHOC) organization, which provides care for homeless people, including clothes, food and more.
While Brand is quick to note that the removal of local homeless people for the Royal Wedding is not the royal couple’s fault, he does say that “it is an interesting indication that in order to make this wedding spick and span and spotless, the most vulnerable people in society are being exposed to yet more persecution.”
Brand is hoping that with enough signatures, the Slough Council will donate a building to SHOC to enable the charity to provide more services for the local homeless population and in turn, stop the local police from arresting the homeless on Councilor Simon Dudley’s orders. “It will cost them nothing but the ink in the pen to commit to a ‘change of use’ for this building – you know how easy it is to do that – councils have to do it every time they turn a local shop into a supermarket chain express store,” writes Brand on the Change.org page.
Considering how philanthropic the royal couple are, we hope this is a cause they too get behind. Click here for more information on Russell Brand’s Change.org ‘Wedding Present for Harry and Meghan: Love for the Homeless’ cause.