What if they called a protest and the protesters didn’t cause total chaos?

That was the scene last week at a Stockton Unified School Board meeting where supporters of LGBT+ rights wanted to make sure the district stayed on the course that, by the protesters own estimation, is among the most favorable in San Joaquin County.

But protesters were worried some of the support of their views was eroding and staged a protest to ensure district leaders knew they were being watched.

Leader Nicholas Hatten made it clear to his supporters he wanted order to the protest and not the chaos that has developed around protests of Stockton City Council meetings.

“Sometimes our strength is just showing our support and showing our numbers,” Hatten said.

That is First Amendment at its highest ideal. Speaking out respectfully as well as forcefully.

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