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Teamsters to Help Stop Protest of Campbell Funeral

A fundamentalist Kansas church has said they will protest the funeral of the Boston Marathon bombings victim.

Teamsters Local 25 has encouraged off-duty members to go to Medford Monday morning to prevent the fundamentalist Westboro Baptist Church from picketing the funeral of Krystle Campbell.

In two tweets Sunday evening, the Teamsters asked their members to report to St. Joseph's Parish on High Street at 8 a.m. Monday "to form a human shield to prevent Westboro Baptist Church from protesting the funeral of Krystle Campbell. Please show up if you can so that we can give her and her family a peaceful burial."

The funeral for Campbell, who was killed in the Boston Marathon bombing attacks last Monday, is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.

The Kansas-based church is well-known as an anti-gay group who protest high-profile events, including military funerals. 

According to a press release on their website, the church is planning to protest Campbell's funeral from 9:15 to 10 a.m. 

Jennifer Hunter April 22, 2013 at 02:11 AM
I have heard that St. Joe's does not want a counter-protest; I hope the Teamsters will contact them to make sure they want this.
Tony Centrella April 22, 2013 at 03:13 AM
Why protest this private funeral. What has this innocent girl done to deserve such treatment. The Westboro Baptist Church has no compassion for anyone and should be treated as an enemy of the state. Take away their tax free status and see how quickly they get into line.
Julie the Jarhead April 22, 2013 at 10:36 AM
The Teamsters (and the motorcycle folks, too) are not 'counter-protesting'. They are providing a shield against the WBC and other groups who may be there for the sole purpose of getting their ugly message across. The Teamsters and the bikers have no intention of causing any trouble. On the other hand, if the WBC makes the foolish mistake of confronting any Teamster or biker ...
Jaime Ross April 22, 2013 at 01:23 PM
Well Jennifer since the ugly Westboro supposedly church have a right to protest, AWESOME GOD LOVING PEOPLE, CITIZENS like the teamsters have all the right in this land to go to St. Joes and counter-protest, and being a Veteran that I am, I sure pray and hope people would do the same for me when I die!!!!
Joy Full April 22, 2013 at 01:29 PM
What?? And this is being a Christian?? Excuse me, but isn't a funeral's purpose to be for the family and friends of the one that passed; for them to remember the goodness and light that they left on this earth? What is this group's reason for making spectacles of themselves after a week of violence. We beg the WBC to look at video of this poor girl's mother and how she is so desperately is just trying to take a breath and accept her daughter's death let alone grieve!! Are none of the WBC sisters, mothers, co-workers?? Please think of what Jesus would do and conduct your business elsewhere...this girl was taken in violence...let her be laid to rest in peace!
Jennifer Hunter April 22, 2013 at 03:28 PM
Jaime: Checking in to make sure one is actually helping rather than harming does not equal losing one's right to free speech. It's etiquette and kindness. I had posted that original comment because I had heard that the family and the church did not want anyone to come to counter-protest, or whatever you want to call trying to shield the funeral from the WBC. I didn't want to say this definitively because I had only heard it from the Medford UU minister and not directly from St. Joe's or the family, so rather than saying "Don't go," I thought it'd be prudent for anyone planning to go to first make sure they were in fact wanted and needed.
Jennifer Hunter April 22, 2013 at 03:30 PM
Hi Julie, please see my comment below. I called it counter-protesting for lack of a more precise term. I was suggesting that good-intentioned people might want to find out if the funeral attendees actually *wanted* them to help in that way, because I'd heard that they didn't. This would make showing up more about fighting the (admittedly awful) WBC and less about actually aiding the family.
Karen Grenier April 22, 2013 at 11:06 PM
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linda cawthron April 23, 2013 at 12:19 AM
Thank YOU Sean O'Brien.xo.God Bless

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