The lives of black and brown girls, volunteers, staff, and community partners matter. We must acknowledge that our girls and families, our communities, and our peers are hurting.
Atatiana Jefferson, a young lady from Fort Worth; Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy from Cleveland; Breonna Taylor, a young Louisville EMT; George Floyd, a father of a 6-year-old girl who grew up in Houston. They are somebody—not just some bodies.
We can acknowledge that we don’t always have the answers, but as a Movement, we must ensure that we are present for our girls and volunteers. We must ensure that we continue to build women leaders who are prepared to lead their communities, especially in times of crisis.
Racism and hate have no place here. Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains, and our Girl Scouts of the USA sisterhood, stands for all girls, volunteers, and staff to ensure liberty, justice, and equity for all as we equip girls with courage, confidence, and character who are making the world a better place.
As Martin Luther King Jr. said: "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly."
Let our actions speak louder than words. A pivotal part of Girl Scouting is teaching and helping girls, as well as volunteers, to Take Action. Below are activities for girls and volunteers that support our civic mission.
Understanding Issues and Community Involvement
- Listen and discuss current issues with girls at home or in troop meetings.
- Incorporate resources such as children’s books to help girls gain an understanding of social injustice.
- Understand the community view on law enforcement and policing. For example, invite a law enforcement officer to a troop meeting.
- Learn the importance of voting and the electoral process. For example, encourage local citizens to register to vote or hold a mock election.
- Using the Citizen badges, build girls’ knowledge of local and global communities and show them how their actions as citizens make the world better for everyone.
- Write letters asking to meet with local government leaders and state and national congressional representatives.
- Let your voice be heard by participating in local peaceful protests—remembering to maintain social distance and take precautions against COVID-19.
- Read "Help Your Kids Take Action Against Racism" from Girl Scouts to identify ways to be involved.
- Use the G.I.R.L Agenda Powered by Girl Scouts for more ways to advocate.
As we navigate through this difficult time, Girl Scouting is an integral part of the lives of girls and volunteers. Now more than ever it is important to stand united as a Movement and a sisterhood to ensure justice for all.