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The Girl Scouts of Sweatshops?

No, they’re not the Earth Scouts. But if you compare the Girl Scouts of America to the Boy Scouts of America, the Girl Scouts come out ahead is some important respects. The Girl Scouts of America do not mandate that kids swear an oath before God; the Boy Scouts of America do. The Girl Scouts of America do not discriminate in membership or leadership on the basis of religion or sexual orientation; the Boy Scouts do. And while the Boy Scouts of America have their uniforms made in sweatshops in China, the Girl Scouts of America have their uniforms made in the United States where labor and wage laws protect workers.

This may change. The Girl Scouts of America has announced that it is seeking new bids for its uniforms, including bids from China. The U.S. Department of Labor has determined that child labor and forced labor are prevalent in China. Goods made in China are cheap because they are made in polluting, degrading sweatshops.

If you don’t think the Girl Scouts of America should be turning itself into the Girl Scouts of Sweatshops, then please write a letter today to Barry Horowitz, the Vice President and General Manager for Merchandise for the Girl Scouts of America. Horowitz said that there has been no final decision, which means that there is still time to make a difference.

Write to:

Barry Horowitz
Vice President and General Manager for Merchandise
Girl Scouts of America
420 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10018

4 comments to The Girl Scouts of Sweatshops?

  • Tom

    Who cares what the Hitler Youth Corp dresses in these days? (Where do they get their jack-boots?) i’m more concerned about who makes Girl Scout cookies, and what ingredients are used, than saving their high priced clothing manufacturers jobs. If the guy in charge opened the bid to China, there’s a pretty good chance that he’s going for low priced labor like the rest of what used to be American industry. Due to those “confining and uncompetitive” labor, pollution and wage laws America has been reduced to the banana republic it is with the middle class both wiped out and being reduced to the working poor at best while the people at the top make all the money. Until people start becoming their own employers making quality stuff (as in non-toxic for starters) HERE again, this slide will continue. There isn’t going to be any revolution of the sheeple so what’s to stop the ownership class from wreaking more havoc on the country? Voting certainly isn’t going to change anything for the better for any but the wealthy, the politicians and their minions (law enforcement, the military, and the corporate sector/Wall Street). Too bad the religious hordes have been used by the Republicrats to gain power, since they’ll be summarily ignored like the rest of us once their politicians gain office. After all, what ethics does the political class subscribe to? (ans.: Power by any and all means and the consequences be damned.)

  • “Forced labor” – none dare call it slavery. The Girl Scouts of Slavery… that has a certain ring to it. GSS

  • Did you write? If so, give yourself a pat on the back. Reacting to a wave of calls and letters, the Girl Scouts have recommitted to having their goods made in America.

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