A young conservative activist has organized a clean-up day for Baltimore after jumping into the political debate over the precarious situation in some areas of the district.
Since last weekend the lack of sanitation and high crime rates in Baltimore have been widely commented on in social networks and media.
This followed President Donald Trump’s pointing to Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings about the appalling living conditions in his district.
In this context, Scott Presler, a Republican activist, decided to do something about it.
“My folks always told me, ‘Don’t ever offer a problem without offering a solution,'” he said in a phone call to The Epoch Times.
“I’m so tired of people saying, ‘We should do this, we should do that’ … I was just like, ‘I’ve had it. I’m going to go to Baltimore, even if it’s just me on a street corner picking up trash,'” he explained to the same media.
No sooner said than done.
On July 28 he posted a notice on his Twitter account, where more than 300,000 people follow him, and explained to them his plans: clean up the most disadvantaged areas of Baltimore and everyone was welcome to join in the task.
In a matter of hours, more than 100 volunteers, most of them local, had filled in the form published on his website.
“On Monday, August 5th, Scott Presler is coming to Baltimore to help pick up trash. What started as something small has turned into volunteers across the nation wanting to help give back. We aren’t just posting on social media; we are going into the community to make a difference,” explains the young activist’s website.
All volunteers will receive gloves, trash bags, and water and will be taken to the neighborhoods to pick up any trash they find.
Some areas of the city have been abandoned for years: illegal dumping, abandoned buildings, and empty warehouses are the environment where many citizens survive in very precarious economic conditions, explains The Epoch Times.
Presler has encouraged Republicans to attend and wear their pro-Trump outfits, but hopes Democratic sympathizers will join the activity, which he considers a community event.
“If Democrats want to come help, I would love the opportunity for this to be a community event where everybody comes together,” he said.
“I just want the citizens of Baltimore to see [that] we do care. We do give a darn. And at the end of the day, we’re all American and if ya’ll are struggling in Baltimore and you guys need help, then we’re going to be there for you,” he said.
The young activist has expressed fears that anti-fascist protests or demonstrations will be organized.
“I don’t want there to be any organizing against us,” he said, specifically mentioning that he would not want the far-left “antifa” group to show up and protest.
This radical group, which has the structure and appearance of a militia, is being heavily criticized for its violent protests and attacks on defenseless people, to the extent that there are online petitions and political personalities calling for the group to be declared a domestic terrorist.