And yesterday, residents of Santa Monica came out — in droves — to counter yet another scheduled Westboro appearance. The hate group had protested outside the Oscars on Sunday, and chose Santa Monica high school as its next target because of the school’s pro-LGBTQ student policies — oh, and its proximity to their Oscar activities. (Gas prices being what they are, even bigots have to be practical about commuting!)
Students came out en mass to defend their school against Westboro’s hateful presence, joined by parents, faculty members and others from the community. Their numbers overwhelmed the hate group’s turnout, ultimately sending them packing.
In addition to the news that an entire town banded together to stand for love, the video also serves as a feel good afternoon bump.
Watch it here:
Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.