The Girl Scouts of the USA has faced backlash for its participation in Friday's parade during the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.
More than 150,000 people as of Thursday afternoon have signed an online petition calling for the nonpartisan group to refrain from marching in the parade.
The petition, authored by junior troop leader Heather C. and addressed to GSUSA Interim CEO Sylvia Acevedo, states:
"By marching in Donald Trump's inaugural parade, you are failing to live up to GSUSA's values. Please do not make Girl Scouts of the USA party to normalizing racism, misogyny, and fascism. Do not march in the inaugural parade."
— Girl Scouts (@girlscouts) January 18, 2017
Critics have said that Trump's sexual assault allegations go against the group's values. Trump has denied all of those claims.
The Girl Scouts said participation in the parade is voluntary and has encouraged the girls to make their own choices. The group also released the following statement:
"Advocating for change on issues one cares about isn't at odds with participating in a century-long tradition that represents the peaceful exchange of power."
About 75 Girl Scouts are set to march in Friday's parade alongside Boy Scouts. Girl Scouts have been participating in presidential inaugurations for 100 years.
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