Activist Groups Urge Obama to Reject Boy Scout Honor
From Fox News:
Activist groups, including Scouting for All, urge President Obama not to accept the honorary Presidency of the Boy Scouts of America until they stop discriminating.
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For Immediate Distribution
December 15, 2002
Scouting for All Action Alert
Scott Cozza, Pres
Scouting for All
Send Support To United Way of Ventura County
Lets Stop The Funding Of The BSA By United Ways and Businesses That Have Anti-discrimination Policies
Send Letters of Support to:
United Way Ventura County
1317 Del Norte Rd. Ste 100
Camarillo, CA 93010-8483
We ALL Need To Support United Ways and Businesses Who Choose To STOP Funding The Boy Scouts of America Because
Of Its' Policy of Discrimination Against Gay and Atheist Youth and Adults
The United Way of Ventura County in Camarillo has taken quite a bit of heat from a group formed to oppose the United
Ways courageous decision. United Way of Ventura County decided not to fund the Boy Scouts of America because it
violated its agency's anti-discrimination policy. The Boy Scouts of America discriminates against gay and atheist
youth and adults.
A group of Ventura County politicians, community leaders and executives has launched a fundraising drive to protest
the United Way of Ventura County's decision The group has raised more than $30,000, which its organizers will match
dollar for dollar.
Some of the groups supporters include several Ventura County politicians, all Republicans: Rep. Elton Gallegly,
Assembly members Tony Strickland and Keith Richman, Sheriff Bob Brooks and Dist. Atty. Greg Totten. Christian broadcasting
mogul Edward Atsinger and singer Pat Boone also support the "Tribute to Scouts."
United Way of Ventura County decided in 2001 to broaden its anti-discrimination policy, denying funding to any
organization that discriminates based on sexual preference. More Action Is Needed
Scouting for All asks that supporters/volunteers/members to identify United Ways and Businesses that have anti-discrimination
policies in your communities who continue to fund the BSA despite the BSA's blatant discriminatory practices against
gay and atheist youth and adults. We ask that you take action against these funders by advocating through meeting
with funding officials, direct mailings to agency and company officials, boycotting, contacting the news media,
and by using the funders own anti-discrimination policies that they violate when they fund the BSA.
Please contact our national office and we will offer assistance.
If you don't have time to do direct advocacy we ask that you at least send Scouting for All a list of BSA funders
in your community and nationally with contact information.
Scott Cozza, Pres.
(Now Howard Menzer)
Scouting for All
P.O. Box 600841
San Diego, CA 92120-0841