In recent weeks, the issue of homelessness in Denver has once again taken center stage in light of dropping temperatures and a pair of viral videos that show Denver police officers taking blankets from the homeless. The videos produced a flurry of statements from the ACLU of Colorado, Mayor Hancock and the Denver Police Department, all trying to contextualize those actions.
But concern over Denver’s homeless crisis has also moved beyond social-media rhetoric; it was represented in a very tangible way on Thursday, December 15, when hundreds of community members gathered at the Exdo Event Center to participate in a forum exploring alternative approaches to policing the homeless with sweeps and anti-camping ordinances.
Move Along to Where? opened on a somber note when Maria Foscarinis, executive director of the National Law Center on Poverty and Homelessness, told the crowd that Denver was one of four cities that made the organization’s “Hall of Shame” list in 2016.