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We do not sing alone - a message from GSOC CEO Vikki Shepp


Racism & hate have no place here

We do not sing alone

A poem by Vikki Shepp, CEO, Girl Scouts of Orange County inspired by the Melinda Caroll song One Voice

I am one voice, and I will use it for words of peace.

I do not sing alone.

We are 100 voices, and we will use our voices for words of care.

I hear you, Girl Scouts of Orange County staff.

We do not sing alone.

We are 17,000 voices, and we will use our voices for words of courage.

I hear you OC Girl Scouts and your Girl Scout sisters.

We do not sing alone.

We are 30,000 voices, and we will use our voices for words of love.

I hear you and all GSOC members.

We do not sing alone.

We are two million voices, and we will use our voices for words of justice.

I hear you and all GSUSA members.

We do not sing alone.

We are 10 million voices, and we will use our voices for words of change.

I hear you and all WAGGGS members.

We do not sing alone.

I am one voice, and I will keep saying peace.

I do not sing alone.

You are not alone.

Dear Girl Scout family,

Like you, my heart is heavy with profound sadness for the racial violence and injustice long experienced by our black brothers and sisters across the country and the most recent senseless deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd. Our nation is crying out for change, and we stand with all who are hurting, angry, and frustrated because we live in a society where people continue to be treated differently because of the color of their skin. To those who have looked racism in the eye, we see you. We hear you. We respect you. You are not alone.

Girl Scouts is built on the foundation of inclusivity, equity, and respect for all. For more than 100 years, we have prepared girls to speak out, take action against injustice, and build bridges of friendship, compassion, and understanding. We must continue to speak in one voice against racism and hate in all its forms. We must continue to speak in one voice so that every girl knows her inherent worth and power and recognizes the inherent worth in others, no matter who they are or where they come from. We must continue to speak in one voice so that every girl knows that an injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

While my heart is heavy, it is also filled with hope. Hope because of girls like Isabella, who used her voice to speak up for the voiceless, and girls like those in Troop 3408, who took action to build a bridge between police and their community. Our nation is having the difficult conversations. We are on the precipice of change, and our Girl Scouts are well-poised to lead us into a brighter future.  

Below are Girl Scout resources to support you and your girl in talking about racial injustice and taking action. Together, we will build a better – and more equitable - world for all.

Yours in Girl Scouting,


Vikki Shepp

CEO, Girl Scouts of Orange County

 

Girl Scout Resources to Support You and Your Girl with Conversations about Injustice and Inequality