PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA TEACHING CITIZENSHIP FOR ALL
WHEREAS, the American Federation of Teachers has a proud history and a long-standing record in the fight for the elimination of discrimination and stereotyping based on race, gender, immigration status, physical disabilities, ethnicity and sexual orientation; and
WHEREAS, the members of the American Federation of Teachers and the members of the National Education Association are on the frontlines of the future of America because our work and our values are rooted in the well-being of this nation; and
WHEREAS, the Boy Scouts of America is a movement that is committed to the worth of all people; and
WHEREAS, United Way funding has helped the Boy Scouts of America bring scouting programs to underprivileged youth, having a positive impact on young people's lives; and
WHEREAS, scouting has become an American institution, representing the best in community, leadership and service:
RESOLVED, that the AFT firmly urge the private organization Boy Scouts of America to open its membership and programs to all young American citizens and residents; and
RESOLVED, that the AFT request that the joint council of the NEAFT partnership adopt and disseminate this resolution as one of the first joint policy decisions in order to advance common goals by sending out a unified message from Americas teachers.