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Read about the Vassar community’s efforts to counter threats to picket by the Westboro Baptist Church

There has been an outpouring of support by members of the Vassar community in light of the Westboro Baptist Church’s plans to picket the campus on February 28. The Vassar community quickly organized to respond. Students formed Do Something VC, a group aimed at encouraging inclusion and raising funds for social justice efforts on campus and in the local community. And alumnus Josh de Leeuw ’08 quickly created a funding campaign as another peaceful counter protest. So far, that initiative has raised more than $80,000 for the Trevor Project, which provides suicide-prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth. 

Read what the media has to say about these efforts by the Vassar community.

Misc. Editors: After WBC protest, Vassar must continue to look inward

http://s149435.gridserver.com/2013/02/27/after-wbc-protest-vassar-must-continue-to-look-inward/

Poughkeepsie Journal reports: Counter-protestors outnumber Westboro at Vassar College

http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/article/20130228/NEWS01/130228024/Counter-protestors-outnumber-Westboro-Vassar-

In a blog for the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, Benjamin Witkovsky '12 praises the “remarkably meaningful and productive” response to Westboro.

http://blogs.rj.org/rac/2013/02/20/vassar-college-powerfully-responds-to-the-westboro-baptist-church/

In Forbes, Alice Walton '00 writes about Vassar's response to the WBC protest.

 http://www.forbes.com/sites/alicegwalton/2013/02/26/vassar-college-preps-for-westboro-baptist-church-protest-supports-lgbt-youth/

“Vassar vs. Westboro” is a mixed blessing, says Meghan Daum '92 in her Los Angeles Times column.

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-daum-westboro-vassar-gay-20130221,0,6268440.column

In These Times explores the growing trend of student resistance to WBC across the country.

http://inthesetimes.com/article/14579/the_university_of_westboro/

The Poughkeepsie Journal on student and alumnae/i responses, including a successful fundraising initiative by Josh de Leeuw ’08.

http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/article/20130216/NEWS01/302160020/Vassar-public-raises-76G-gay-support-group-after-church-plans-protest 

Julie Riess ’82, Poughkeepsie Journal article about pride in her son Josh de Leeuw’s fundraising efforts.

http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/article/20130217/COLUMNISTS04/302170037/Julie-A-Riess-Sometimes-you-help-your-kids-without-even-knowing-it

Independent Voter Network article on the WBC protest and counter efforts by Debbie Sharnak ’07.

http://ivn.us/2013/02/12/westboro-baptist-church-sets-sights-on-vassar-college/

 Inside Higher Ed covers the story.

http://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2013/02/14/vassar-uses-anti-gay-protest-raise-funds-help-gay-youth

Huffington Post article on the topic.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/12/vassar-westboro-protest_n_2671924.html

Salon.com on the fundraising efforts.

http://www.salon.com/2013/02/13/college_uses_a_visit_from_westboro_to_fundraise_for_lgbtq_group/

Posted by Office of Communications Thursday, February 28, 2013