The Radical Brownies is an Oakland based troupe of young girls of color ages 8yrs-11yrs old.
Mission Statement: Radical Brownies empowers young girls of color to step into their collective power, brilliance and leadership to make the world a more radical place.
Vision: Radical Brownies creates opportunities for young girls of color to form fierce sisterhood, celebrate their cultures and contribute radically to their communities.
Martinez, a community organizer, created the Radical Brownies with Marilyn Hollinquest because “there aren’t enough spaces [for young girls of color] in our society.” The Radical Brownies of Oakland launched last month and already includes 12 girls. All the members are girls of color or mixed-race. The Radical Brownies are not affiliated with the Girl Scouts of the USA.
The founders say once the program expands to multiple chapters the organization will be open to everybody, but the program will always remain focused on young girls of color.
In the Radical Brownies, girls learn about social justice movements such the Black Panthers and the Chicano group Brown Berets. They wear their brown berets in homage to those two groups. But they also study how Disney princesses define girls’ image of beauty, and how that can affect self-image.
The Radical Brownies have their own badge system, including one for “Radical Beauty” and an “LGBT ally” badge. The girls also earned a “Black Lives Matter” badge after learning about police accountability and attending a civil rights march in Oakland.
“Children are more aware than we think; it’s important to not shelter children from real issues that we’re living,” she said. “It’s especially important for young girls of color to feel empowered.”
The troop is ready to attend more protest and will soon launch a fundraising campaign on their Facebook page to raise money for a banner and a megaphone.
I couldn’t find a website, but you can follow them on Facebook!! Viva la Radical!!