Chief Livingstone (center) Phillip O'Connell (right)
Last night's Public Forum On Homelessness attracted a standing room only crowd to the Town Room including two Town Managers and an Assistant Town Manager, two Public Safety Chiefs, department heads, Town Meeting members, social service workers, the clergy, and of course some of the homeless who call our streets home.
Incoming Town Manager Paul Bockelman (blue shirt)
The final speaker -- homeless downtown poster boy Phillip O'Connell -- became borderline disruptive, criticizing the outreach efforts as all show and no substance. He went so far as to compare the treatment of the homeless as being, "worse than a Jim Crow negro in the Jim Crow south."
Umm, exaggerate much?
But it did cause a stir among the crowd. And reinforced the image of the homeless in Amherst as being disruptive.