Denver to “Disappear” Homeless During Democratic Convention

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Hundreds of Denver’s homeless could be cooling their heels in a movie theater or museum while the Democratic National Convention is in town next month. The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless plans to get 500 movie tickets as well as passes to the Denver Zoo, Denver Museum of Nature and Science and other cultural facilities for the people it helps.

Bus tickets will be provided for events beyond walking distance, said John Parvensky, the non-profit’s president.

Many day shelters will have expanded hours during the convention, and big screen TVs are being donated to some shelters so patrons can watch convention goings-on without being caught up in the mayhem.

“We’re trying to let folks know what activities are planned, and what other places they’ll be able to go without being harassed,” Parvensky said.

A two-day voter registration drive is also planned at shelters and health clinics to ensure that metro area homeless people have access to the polls in November.

Backers of the plan say it’s a more sanitary and humane way to take care of people.

But not everyone buys it.

“It just sounds like another way to get rid of them,” said Kayne Coy, 17, who volunteers feeding the homeless twice a week at Civic Center Park through the Food Not Bombs organization.

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12 Responses to Denver to “Disappear” Homeless During Democratic Convention

  1. stradella says:

    So the city of Denver doesn’t want the limousine, liberal elites like Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton and Harry Reid, to have to come face to face with the city’s homeless problem?

    Aw, wazzamatter? Afraid their rarefied tummies might get upset after gorging on foie gras and washing it down with champagne if confronted with the ugly reality for thousands of Denverites?

    The city of Denver and the DNC can go fuck themselves.

  2. DMason says:

    I always thought Denver was very generous when it came to social service and spending? Did I miss the truth about the Mile High City? Sounds like the convention is just a lot of carefully staged political theater for the TV cameras.

  3. Aunt Peg says:

    I have an idea for Denver?

    Instead of movie theater tickets, how about rent vouchers so these poor souls can get off the streets permanently?

  4. Joe in Colorado says:


    Colorado is a very conservative state. Yes, much of Denver is liberal as is Boulder but outside of those places, Colorado has a red streak that would make you think you were in Texas. Unfortunately, many of the people here elected to public office very right wing when it comes to social spending. I hope this changes one day but I’m not holding my breath.

  5. Brigadoon says:

    I have one word to describe Colorado: Tancredo.

  6. libhomo says:

    My two word description of Colorado:
    Amendment 2

    I have to admit I do like the idea of a voter registration drive for the homeless. I just wish it wasn’t a one-off.

  7. Miranda says:

    This tactic isn’t new…Atlanta gave its homeless a one-way bus anywhere…to get rid of them for the 96 Olympics.

  8. Mauigirl says:

    I think it would be good for the Dems for the homeless to be there in plain sight. It would point out how wonderfully the GOP has handled the economy.

  9. Jim says:

    I guess this answers the question, “What do Beijing and Denver have in common?”

  10. feminazi says:

    Absolutely shameful. Give the homeless tickets to go to the movies and then the media won’t focus their camera on a problem that shouldn’t exist in a country as wealthy as the USA. This country, the DNC and the city of Denver should be ashamed of itself.

  11. Larry says:

    Are they afraid to show what Bush and the Repugs have done to America.

  12. VicoDANIEL says:

    Oh yes, hide the homeless. Just sweep them under the rug and pretend they don’t exist. How very Christian and moral of Denver.

    According to Reality Trac there are more than 50,000 foreclosed homes in metro Denver. Yes, you read the number correctly. 50,000 foreclosed homes.

    Why doesn’t the state of Colorado buy several hundred or even several thousand of these shuttered homes and open them up to the homeless? It would seem to be a no brainer for Denver. The plight of people living under bridges and in parks would be at least partially solved and the houses would be occupied by people.

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