February 14, 2010 Gene Taylor died of asphyxiation after the tent he lived in the woods at Del Norte pier caught fire. Gene went through his first earthquake here and used to frequent our Good Morning Neighbors Breakfast each Tuesday and Friday morning, as a matter of fact that is where I met him. During the week before Christmas Gene was beaten up and sustained broken ribs. Knowing his situation and what broken ribs feels
like I invited him to stay at my house with my son Josh and Steve who sleeps in his truck in my driveway. The four of us had a Christmas together that I will always be grateful for.
Friday, February 19, 2010 at Noon we will gather at the Del Norte Pier for a memorial for Gene. More info will come later. –Kathy Anderson, People for a Human Rights Sanctuary
This is a link to the article that the North Coast Journal’s Heidi Walters wrote after she attended the memorial. Below the link are two online comments to the article.http://www.northcoastjournal.com/issues/2010/02/25/gentleman-wanderer/
1. kathy anderson:
Feb 25, 2010
Heidi did a good job of reporting this story. She is excellent at playing what she called “the devils advocate”. In answer to the question of whether I used my friends death as a ploy to get attention to the homeless situation I must state what is obvious to others who advocate for homeless people and there right to be treated equally within our society; I speak and do what I can to bring justice to those who are unjustly treated in this society. That is all, it’s very simple. There are no hidden agendas of financial gain or prestige, as a matter of fact my fellow advocates and I are in poverty ourselves and understand what the average citizen wonders about and know that we must tell the true stories of what is REALLY going on in and about homelessness. We get spit at and harassed by police, government, property owners and business persons just like our homeless neighbors do. The personal stories need to be told because society forgets about the human condition that is made more dangerous as each day passes when ignorance and cruelty are running rampant. Why do we not have campgrounds as affordable housing? God have mercy on our souls for being negligent and mean-spirited!
Feb 25, 2010
It makes a big difference when people like this are “humanized” and made real people. Thank you for this article. As much as I would hate to read obituaries, I would love more human contacts with those who are alive and well, living an “alternative” life style that we need to try to understand. Kind of goes with your Indian Island story.
We are all here together. Let us look at ourselves first to make change and life a better thing.