Welcome to another Show and Share Sunday! Today, rather than an actual craft, I am sharing our free speech rights in action. This past Friday, Gunderson High School in San Jose, California had their third showing of The Laramie Project, a play about the brutal torture and murder of Matthew Shepard, . The Westboro Baptist Church had scheduled a protest at Gunderson High for Friday evening. Many kids from Gunderson, as well as many parents, a veterans group and some local LGBT groups staged a counter protest. For the uninitiated, Westboro Baptist is a hate group disguised as a church. Most of the parents, as well as the school staff, expected a no-show from Westboro and this is indeed what we got. More importantly, the kids got a valuable lesson in our First Amendment rights, staged a peaceful demonstration and had a good time doing it. My son told me that later that night, he had the group (now down to about 150 kids) singing the national anthem and then giving a moment of silence for those who had made the ultimate sacrifice protecting our Constitutional rights and for those victimized in hate crimes.
|Local veterans group. Exciting to have these guys here!|
|My awesome son. I am so proud of him!|
|My awesome boyfriend was there too!|
|Remember Matthew Shepard.|
|So many news groups there! This one taped right in front of us. It was dark, I didn't want to flash his eyes while he was taping.....|
So now its time for you all to share what you've got. Projects, recipes, counter-demonstrations, bring your besties! Come as you are, the party goes on all week.