HAPPYNESS SUBJECT GARDNER FIGHTS FOR HOMELESS

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Motivational speaker says he’s upset over group’s treatment in the U.S.

March 16, 2007

You wouldn’t know that the United States is the richest nation in the world from the way it treats its poor. It’s a problem that former homeless man Chris Gardner has taken to heart.

The father, who emerged from street living to become a successful Wall Street wizard and the subject of the Will Smith film “The Pursuit of Happyness,” says he wants to use his “15 minutes of fame” from the movie to shed light on the plight of America’s poor, homeless and war veterans.

“These folks are just folks,” he tells the Associated Press while in Honolulu for a working vacation. “Everybody that’s poor or homeless are not all alcoholics or drug addicts. These are poor people, and in many cases, working people.”

During his stay in Honolulu, he met with Republican Gov. Linda Lingle, social workers, public housing officials and a few homeless people. He also addressed a national convention on homelessness in Washington by videoconference on Wednesday.