Yesterday, outside the Virginia Holocaust Museum, four picketers from Kansas-based Westboro Baptists Church marched to a street corner at Shockoe Bottom. They were greeted by almost 400 Richmonders united against their message of hate.
Counter-protesters showed up with their own signs while many stood in solidarity. Jay Ipson, a founder of the Holocaust Museum, invited the picketers to join him for a dialogue, but to no avail.
Another counter protest has produced positive results in the city. Pennies in Protest, an online giving campaign organized by four Richmond locals, has raised over $10,000 in response to the WBC visit. The money is being donated to groups that the “God Hates Fags” and “God Hates Jews” picketers stand against.
“We have the power to make their visit to Richmond result in goodness, positive energy, community support, and money for some of the best organizations in our city,” Patience Salgado, one of the organizer of Pennies in Protest, said in a press release.