We here at Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho have watched the news the last two weeks with great sadness, both for our own communities, and for our nation at large. These events have brought to the forefront a serious problem that we often overlook: a society that is not equal for all people. We have been asking ourselves the hard questions. How can we personally stand up against racial injustice? What more can we do for girls and families in our communities that have been passed over? What can we do as an organization to help amplify positivity and the foundations of Girl Scouts? Perhaps you are asking yourselves similar questions. How can I talk to my children or my troop about racism and the current events? What tools and resources are there to facilitate this work?
We see Girl Scouts across this country speaking up, taking action, being brave in the face of adversity, every day. They aren’t waiting for the world to get better; they’re leading the charge. We are in awe. It is our guiding principle to follow their example. We can take meaningful steps to be anti-racist. We can listen to voices of those that are crying for justice. We can condemn racial inequality and violence. We can honor those who’s experience is different than our own. We can commit to the hard work it takes to truly live out our mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place – for everyone.
As we reflect, as individuals and as an organization, it is clear, there is more we can do. As Girl Scouts in Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho, we commit to lifting up our platform for inclusion, equity, and diversity. We hope you will join us in that promise.
--All of us at Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho