The budding organization, Radical Brownies, gives a whole new meaning to girl scouts proving that they are much more than just their mouth watering cookies.
The social group based out of Oakland, California is composed of girls ages 8-12 and can be described as an edgier and younger version of Girl Scouts of America. The young girls, “…earn badges for completing workshops on social protests, and a beauty workshop that celebrate racial diversity.”
Using the Blank Panthers and Brown Berets as motivation, co-founders Anayvette Martinez and Marilyn Hollinquest formed Radical Brownies to fill a gap they felt was missing. “There aren’t enough spaces [for young girls of color] in our society.”
Martinez emphasized that it is imperative, “not to shelter children from real issues,” and instead, get them involved and active. She went on to say, “It’s especially important for young girls of color to feel empowered.”
Moving forward, the group will continue to attend events related to social justice and activism. They will also host a fundraiser for a banner and additional “Radical Brownies” paraphernalia and gear.