A MoveOn.org petition has been launched to stop the Girl Scouts of the USA’s (GSUSA) plans to participate in Trump’s inaugural festivities.
The petition was written by a former Girl Scout and Junior troop leader identified as “Heather C.” and addresses the GSUSA’s CEO, Sylvia Acevedo. It currently has over 161,000 signatures of its 175,000 goal.
The beginning of her plea reads:
“By marching in Donald Trump’s inaugural parade, you are failing to live up to GSUSA’s values. Please do not make Girl Scouts of the USA party to normalizing racism, misogyny, and fascism. Do not march in the inaugural parade.”
The troop leader claims she is “heartbroken to learn that GSUSA will be participating in the presidential inauguration this year.” She calls Donald Trump’s alleged statements about women “not only antithetical to everything GSUSA purports to value, but which are directly harmful to women and girls.”
Regarding the organization’s 100-year-old tradition to take part in the parade, she says, “Tradition is not a justification for normalizing Donald Trump and his blatant misogyny….Traditions that hurt our girls must be broken. We look to you to model courage, confidence, and character and pull out of the inaugural parade. ”
The petition comes only days after the Girl Scouts organization received an onslaught of criticism for their decision to participate in the inaugural parade.
The announcement of their decision set off a Twitter firestorm among angry mothers of Girl Scouts and feminists. One woman posted, “I am the mother of a Girl Scout and I hope you reconsider your participation. Trump does *not* honor your values,” and she included a picture of the Girl Scout Law.
— Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) January 17, 2017
On Friday, January 20, approximately 75 Girl Scouts from the Nation’s Capital council will voluntarily march in the 2017 Presidential Inaugural Parade, as the council has done over the past 100 years.” It continues, “As part of this unique experience, these girls will gain insight into the time-honored democratic tradition of a peaceful transition of power. Then, the very next day, Saturday, January 21, women and girls, including Girl Scouts, from across the country will descend on Washington to participate in the Women’s March and similar events in communities across the country.
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