Saturday, December 10, 2016

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Yay for Girl Scouts of Western Washington

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Yay for Girl Scouts of Western Washington:

Yay for Girl Scouts of Western Washington

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If you have ever wondered about the difference between the Girl Scouts and the Boy Scouts. I am very proud to have been a Brownie, Girl Scout and Cadette. 

Dear Girl Scouts,

 For the past month, I've struggled with what to say and do in the wake of the contentious election and all that's happened since. As a woman, as a mother, and as leader of a youth development organization, I'm saddened by the divisiveness in our country and I'm appalled by the hate that has come out in this political cycle. Racism, sexism, xenophobia, and other blatant forms of bigotry seem to be on full display.

We've felt that impact especially strongly at our King County Regional Office, where a particularly vile racial message was recently scrawled next to our building. This is not the kind of speech ANY girl should see as she walks into a Girl Scout building, let alone anywhere else.

I don't have a magic answer, but I do know that getting back to business as usual isn't an option.
Girl Scouts of the USA has some ideas for how we can all work with our girls to take action, promote inclusion, and build unity within our community. As Girl Scouts' developmental psychologist, Dr. Andrea Bastiani Archibald, puts it: "Unity doesn't mean standing by or looking the other way in the face of bigotry and hatred. Real unity is what you get when a lot of very diverse people come together to form one complex yet seamless whole. It's about equality, inclusiveness, and dignity."

At Girl Scouts of Western Washington, we've also pledged to stand up for 
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Yay for Girl Scouts of Western Washington:

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