Public Comment

New: HOMELESSNESS: Response to Nicola Bourne

By Mary Ann Uribe
Sunday March 23, 2014 - 10:42:00 AM

I find it hypocritical, ignorant and incredulous that Ms. Bourne, a woman of 67 years of age, has not lived long enough, not read enough and is not observant enough to see the solution to people like David Simmons dying in the rain on February 6, 2014 in Berkeley is to have city employees who work 24/7 to do their job of “protect and serve” by taking our homeless residents to shelters and churches to get them out of the rain so they will not die of pneumonia like David did. 

Ms. Bourne has obviously not had to sit down on a bench, not been given a ticket or sat on the street and had a police officer try to run her off because of what she looked like. Ms. Brown, I am not blaming you but if the shoe fits, wear it. 

I do not see you at church feeding the homeless or even educating yourself about being one of the 16 million Americans who are homeless in the United States including over 5 million children. Perhaps if Ms. Bourne was not deaf, dumb and blind she could use her heart to look into the eyes of the homeless and realize it is her guilt that prevents her from accepting the truth about David and our other homeless brothers and sisters we have in Berkeley.