Thom Reges, a participant in the global ''Occupy'' protest movement, talks to Reuters on November 10 from the protest camp at McPherson Square in Washington DC. Reges discusses daily life in the camp and motivations for taking part in the protest.
My name is. Tom Regis. I'm 26. Irish echo from Muskegon Michigan votes now I live in Virginia from last year. And my current occupation. I woes and under the table Gardner. But now. I am technically unemployed. I've been here for. A little over a month. Like if you like a few days over a month. And I intend to say at least some expert. My other siblings and I'm all have. Enough work that they can survive and I don't and so on kind of here representing my -- we adhere to so. Our story. Tried to represent our values for me I would want just -- limitations on -- on government and its interactions with. Corporations so the you have. The end of lobbying groups because that's just hope that's just legal bribery. As well as having public publicly funded elections again while I won the we haven't publicly funded elections so that we don't have. Politicians that are more -- their corporate backers but more of the people who back them. So that they were about the votes not respect their campaign spread awareness at every place that we stop. And eventually. Get congress to take it seriously get Obama to take it seriously and actually come down here. And ask us what we want because that's on the has been done yet. No politician has really come down here to talk with us and ask us what our issues are what we want to go socialist medicine. That's a simple as it gets me. It makes most sense we spend more than any other country on health care we don't cover every one. And really it's it's a glaring problem what I was seven. Was brought to the voting polls because my ball was a -- before -- And put before babysitters so she took this with -- to the polls. What were there and she said because it's the ministry of health care. For the Bill Clinton. And it's been almost twenty years later. And yes I'm currently uninsured a worry every day of how are getting sick again because I already have 5000 dollars and medical. Lessons from getting things like the flu. So I mean that's one thing about to see is. A big -- result this year that just makes its effects. What I do today. Wake up early enough that I might go get a shower using. There's union building not too far from here. Then once if you got that -- get them about once every three days. If you if you don't like if you don't get that. Go watch the foods and get some breakfast usually go to Starbucks to use the bathroom I usually try to buy coffee. But sometimes is difficult but they've been more than polite. This -- is the day today fixing structures that are falling down that's always around. Creating your garbage off the streets like off. Concrete here and off the grass. And then usually try to find people that are just wandering through the staring kind of kind of questioning the need to stop them talk with them and try and hear what they have to say that's a lot of is like finalists people. Sometimes it's hard because the doctor -- -- my -- now. Had just wanna go to -- grass but. You know it's about outreach about. Get your voice heard and this is often do it. I wanna get one more person settled -- hear -- -- -- make sure that they know where everything is -- want to make sure that they. Nowhere to get a bathroom alone make sure that they know what we have showers like to get one more person settled in and feel like they're part of this family.