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This banner led to arrests at the June 2 Whole Foods Town Hall Meeting in JP

It was indeed a sad night for the Jamaica Plain community as what was billed as a opportunity for positive, civil dialogue with Whole Foods, the Boston neighborhood’s future tenant in the Hyde Square section of JP, turned into a night filled with shouting, disrespect, disruption, arrests, and eventually an early shut down by Boston Police.

Later today, JRV.com will be posting RAW video of the first hour of the event to give it the context it deserves, since Whole Foods representatives did indeed show up to the event with the best of intentions. We will also be getting comments and statements from several interested parties, since it is clear that the level of discourse regarding this debate reached a new low level as members of the Whose Foods? organization were more interested in creating havoc on the event that actually trying to voice their concerns against the new Whole Foods in civil manner.

We did receive a statement last night from JP for All/JP para todos founder Rick Stockwood:

There were a great number of us in the room tonight that were excited to hear that issues such as parking, traffic, public transportation, after-hours parking, providing healthy foods to children, and product availability are being addressed by Whole Foods. It’s unfortunate that a community meeting designed to address neighborhood concerns and solutions to address those concerns was hijacked by a group of people who have no other plan than to cause a distraction. We look forward to hearing more about Whole Foods plans and how we can work together to build a long-term partnership that will benefit Hyde Square and Jamaica Plain.

We also emailed Whole Foods, We Are All Foods, Whose Foods? and other parties last night for a statement and once we receive them, we will share.

One final note to add: we want to THANK Boston Councillor Matt O’Malley for being the ONLY BOSTON ELECTED OFFICIAL to attend the event. This issue has become hugely important for several residents of JP, and it is a sad statement when elected officials like Boston Mayor Tom Menino, State Representative Jeffery Sánchez, State Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, and Boston Councillors Felix Arroyo, Tito Jackson and Ayanna Pressley chose not to show up.

For more coverage of last night’s event, see today’s JP Patch and Boston Globe.

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