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Action Alert from Scouting for All
For Immediate Release and Distribution
May 10, 2006
For further Information Contact
Scott Cozza, Pres. Scouting for All

Rally / Protest At The Boy Scouts of America's National Conference In Washington DC, May 24th

Scouting for All Asks The Boy Scouts of America To STOP Hurting Children By Rejecting Gay and Atheist Youth, At The BSA's National Conference, Washington DC May 24th

Scouting for All is asking for your support in getting the word out to current and past BSA members and to those who believe in social justice. We will be holding a protest / rally and candlelight vigil at the BSA's annual national conference. This year the national conference is being held in Washington DC May 24-26.

We will be reading the names of those scouts who have turned in their scouting awards to Scouting for All in protest of the BSA's national leadership's policy of discrimination against gay and atheist youth and adults. We'd like current and prior BSA members to wear their uniforms. We want the National Leadership to see that members oppose its bigoted policy. National leaders from BSA National and BSA leaders from throughout the country will be in attendance at this conference. So a large number wearing uniforms will send a strong message to BSA leadership, that there is no room in scouting for bigotry and discrimination.

We are asking you to please get the word out to especially Eagle Scouts, current BSA members and prior members to stand with us on May 24th. The issue at hand is pretty simple. How can we as a nation support any organization that discriminates against any segment of our society? Those who believe in justice and human rights for all should be offended by the BSA's policy. The Boy Scouts of America's national leadership through its exclusive policy gives out a dehumanizing message about the gay and atheist / non theist communities. According to the BSA's national leadership, GLBT and atheist people are not moral and are not good Americans simply because of their sexual orientation and atheistic belief. Currently our own Federal Government supports this discriminatory organization. President Bush is even the Honorary President of the BSA. Our own tax payer money is used to support the Boy Scouts of America and its discriminatory practice and some of our schools allow them to use their facilities and recruit in their classrooms. The BSA policy is a divisive policy, furthering the violence, hatred, and discrimination both the gay and atheist communities already experience in American society. As President Clinton once said, " To discriminate against an American is un-American."

Scouting for All is asking YOU to step forth and speak out. Join us on May 24th Become a courageous voice against discrimination, bigotry, and homophobia.

This Year's Theme - "Lets Include All Youth In Scouting: Gay & Atheist / Non-theist"

Program of Events

Press Conference
- May 24, Wednesday, Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Rd. NW; Washington, DC, 10:00 - 11:00 Noon

Protest / Rally
- May 24, Wednesday, Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Rd. NW; Washington, DC, 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Candlelight Vigil
- May 24, Wednesday, meeting at Dupont Circle (bring flashlights)7:00 PM -9:00 PM Concluding at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel

The parade route for the Candlelight Vigil will begin at Dupont Circle at 19street NW and end at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, DC, 2660 Woodley Road. The Candlelight Vigil is being held in memory of those GLBT and Questioning youth who committed suicide because they felt like they did not belong, rejected. The Boy Scouts of America through its rejection of gay youth and President Bush who remains as the Honorary President of the BSA only adds to this problem. Both President Bush and organizations like the BSA who discriminate against the gay community should be held accountable for contributing to the high suicide rate of GLBT and Q youth in America.

***Thursday May 25th 0900-1 PM Scouting for All will be back at the Marriott Protesting one last time before we leave from 0900-1PM. You are all invited to join us; but the most urgent need is to join us for all of our events on Wednesday May 24th

* Please join us at the Press Conference, Protest / Rally and Candlelight Vigil. Let Scott Cozza know if you'll be joining us. Scouting for All is also asking our national and international supporters for financial support to help Scouting for All fund this event. Please send any donations payable to: Scouting for All and send a note that the donation is for our DC Event May 24th and 25th. All donations to Scouting for All is tax deductible. We are a 501c3 charitable nonprofit. Mailing address: Scouting for All, PO Box 2832, Petaluma, CA 94953-2832




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