Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Girl Scouts marching for Donald Trump?!

Girl Scouts of the USA are scheduled to march in Trump's inaugural parade. Don't let GSUSA be party to normalizing racism, misogyny, and fascism. Add your name to this petition.

Dear MoveOn member,

I'm Heather C., a MoveOn member and Girl Scouts troop leader, and I started a petition to Sylvia Acevedo, Interim Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of the USA, which says:

By marching in Donald Trump's inaugural parade, you are failing to live up to Girl Scout of the USA's values. Please do not make GSUSA party to normalizing racism, misogyny, and fascism. Do not march in the inaugural parade.

I was a Girl Scout growing up, and now I lead a Junior Troop. I've been these girls' leader since they were 5-year-old Daisies, and it has been a rich, rewarding, and loving experience for me.

I'm heartbroken to learn that GSUSA is planning to participate in the presidential inauguration this year.1 Donald Trump has repeatedly made statements that are not only antithetical to everything GSUSA purports to value, but which are directly harmful to women and girls.2

Click here to add your name to this petition, and tell Girl Scouts of the USA to boycott Trump's inaugural parade.

Tradition is not a justification for normalizing Trump and his blatant misogyny. Just this week, 60 members of Congress announced that they will not attend the inauguration.3 We aren't required to do things just because we've done them in the past. What we are required to do, as Girl Scouts, is live by the Girl Scout Law.

You are failing to live by your law, GSUSA.

Donald Trump has proven, at every opportunity, that he lacks even the most basic respect for women and girls.

Traditions that hurt our girls must be broken. We look to you, GSUSA, to model courage, confidence, and character and therefore you must pull out of the inaugural parade.

Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.


—Heather C.


1. "Girls Scouts Defend Their Involvement in Donald Trump Inauguration," NBC News, January 18, 2017

2. "Donald Trump sexism tracker: Every offensive comment in one place," The Telegraph, January 9, 2017

3. "60 Democrats (and counting) are not attending the Trump inauguration," USA Today, January 17, 2017

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