Rally Outside NYU’s Kimmel Center, Thursday March 8th at 4PM Calling for a Removal of Chick-Fil-A from Campus Because of Anti-Gay Funding
What Students Against Homophobia say about Chick-Fil-A
What we are hearing from NYU, the Student Senators Council (SSC), and NYU president John Sexton is that the homophobic practices of Chick-fil-A constitute a political issue – not a human rights issue.
“I can’t take a political stance” - John Sexton.
“…the Student Senators Council believes that freedom of expression is the most important virtue of an institute devoted to education.The SSC also believes there is afundamental difference between personal boycott and institutional prohibition. To ban any entity from campus for ideological reasons is, in most every case, to limit freedom of expression… There have been no reported acts of discriminationon the part of the restaurant chain…it is for this reason that the Council voted not to support an institutional ban of Chick-Fil-A…The Student Senators Council encourages concerned students…to exercise their right to personally boycott any entity that offends their moral sensibilities.”
Wanna know why the SSC does not represent what we stand for?
They claim to have researched Chick-fil-A’s connections to homophobic groups. But so have we, and somehow SSC’s “research” overlooked that the WinShape Foundation, Chick-fil-A’s “charitable” arm, donated $1,733,699 to the following anti-gay groups in 2009 (the most recent year for which public records are available):
· Marriage and Family Legacy Fund, Pennsylvania Family Institute, Family Research Council (oppose marriage equality) ,
· Fellowship Of Christian Athletes, Focus On The Family (have bullied gay students),
· Eagle Forum (has railed against courts for promoting a “gay agenda” in schools),
· Exodus International (promotes harmful ex-gay therapy),
· National Christian Foundation (funds Focus on The Family and Family Research Council).
What does it mean to be “pro-family” and “pro-marriage” in America?
Chick-Fil-A funds groups that contribute to the marginalization and oppression of LGBTQ people, including but not limited to the denial of the benefits of legal marriage like health insurance, visitation rights, social security, veteran compensation. We should not tolerate anti-gay hate groups or gay “therapy” given the national climate of discrimination, where LGBTQ teens are FIVE times more likely to attempt suicide and TWICE more likely to be homeless. We should take a stance against hate. And guess what….
Not taking a stance against this company means not taking a stance against homophobia.
What about freedom of speech? We don’t think freedom of speech applies to bigotry, homophobia, sexism, or racism. Freedom of speech should not undermine the safety and liberty of others. In the same way that we would stand up and denounce a company that funds openly racist organizations, we have to stand up against a company that funds homophobic groups.
Unfortunately, like many employers Chick-Fill-A does not offer ANY protection to LGBTQ employees. But they do have an outstanding record of employee discriminationlaw suits – and not just from LGBTQ workers. Aziz Latif, a former Chick-fil-A restaurant manager in Houston, sued the company in 2002 after Latif, a Muslim, was fired a day after he didn’t participate in a Catholic group prayer at a company training program in 2000.
We demand that NYU, via its food service provider Aramark, terminate Chick-fil-A’s contract – at the expense of the corporation and not the workers. Not only do we want this anti-gay company off of campus, but because we want NYU administration to take a public stance against homophobia and make it clear that LGBTQ students can feel safe on campus.
Regardless of how you identify, everyone should stand up for equality.
What you can do:
- Sign the petition at chn.ge/banchickfila
- Join “Ban Anti-Gay Chick-fil-A from New York University” on Facebook to get involved. There we will post info about events and organizing meetings. If what you read makes you wanna take action (it worked for us!) come to organizing meetings to share ideas and hear ideas. The more people are fighting for this, the more people we can reach until NYU has no choice.
- Hold your student senators and NYU administrators accountable for the enduring presence of Chick-fil-A
- Spread awareness of Chick-fil-A’s homophobic practices and the campaign to ban it from NYU
- Rally outside the Kimmel Center on Thursday March 8th at 4pm, where John Sexton and SCC will be meeting and probably not discussing this issue. Or meet us beforehand outside Silver School of Social Work on Washington Square North at 3:30. From there we will go together to rally outside Kimmel and determine further action.
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NYU: Cut the Bull!
Day of Action for the Right to Education
Thursday, March 1st
12PM – “NYU: CUT THE BULL” Campus March (Waverly and University-NE Corner Wash Sq Park)
2pm: Manhattan Convergence @ NYC Dept. of Education (52 Chambers Street)
March over Brooklyn Bridge for university and bank protests in downtown Brooklyn
4pm: Speak Out at the Right to Education Assembly, Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn
For more info, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or visit the NYU4OWS website: http://nyu4ows.tumblr.com/
WHY YOU SHOULD JOIN US ON MARCH 1ST
“Students, community members, teachers, and parents across the country will be mobilizing on March 1 for walkouts, teach-ins, and marches to say: Education is a Right, Not a Privilege!Join NYU4OWS and our allies at 12 Noon on Thursday, March 1st as we stand in opposition to tuition hikes, student debt, and corporate governance practices at our university!Here at NYU we’ve seen what happens when a university is run by the 1%: we’re one of the national leaders in student debt with an average student debt burden of almost $35,000 per student. We have the second highest tuition in the country (now $56,000 per year!). While the top administrators vote themselves million dollar packages, they bust GSOC-UAW, the graduate employees’ union, and support the lock-out of workers beyond our campus. For example, Daniel Straus, a trustee of the Law School, is currently locking out hundreds of health care workers at nursing homes he owns in Connecticut, demanding workers give up health care and retirement benefits.
NYU also houses the only Chick-Fil-A franchise in New York City, despite the fact that the company has donated millions of dollars to anti-gay and anti-women hate groups like Focus on the Family.
It’s time for these practices to end! NYU students and community members will meet in the Northeast corner of Washington Square Park (University and Waverly) at 12pm on March 1 to begin a Campus March demanding that NYU “Cut the Bull” and get the spirit of Wall Street out of our university. The March will include speak-outs and other actions at some of the most important symbols of the NYU-Wall Street nexus. It will also begin a campus discussion about how NYU can disassociate itself from the unethical financial institutions that continue to wield tremendous power over this community and so many others.
Following the Campus March at NYU, we will continue on to the Department of Education (52 Chambers Street) to join with students, teachers, and community members from across New York City to protest the banks that profit off student loan debt and the corporatization of education. As a citywide movement, we will assemble at Ft. Greene Park in Brooklyn at 4pm to put forward our vision of an educational system for the 99%.
Across New York, the last few months have seen major protests against tuition hikes at CUNY, ongoing actions against Mayor Bloomberg’s educational policy which has resulted in over 100 school closures and only 13 percent of African-American and Latino youth graduating from high school prepared for college, and the launch of the Occupy Student Debt campaign to protest soaring education costs and bank profiteering. Now we must say: Our education not for sale!#M1 CALL TO ACTION:
We refuse to pay for the crisis created by the 1%. We refuse to accept the dismantling of our schools and universities, while the banks and corporations make record profits. We refuse to accept educational re-segregation, massive tuition increases, outrageous student debt, and increasing privatization and corporatization.
They got bailed out and we got sold out. But through nationally coordinated mass action we can and will turn back the tide of austerity.
We call on all students, teachers, workers, and parents from all levels of education —pre-K-12 through higher education in public and private institutions— and all Occupy assemblies, labor unions, and organizations of oppressed communities, to mobilize on March 1st, 2012 across the country to tell those in power: The resources exist for high-quality education for all. If we make the rich and the corporations pay we can reverse the budget cuts, tuition hikes, and attacks on job security, and fully fund public education and social services.
This is a call to work together, but it is up to each school and organization to determine what local and regional actions—such as strikes, walkouts, occupations, marches, etc.—they will take to say no to business as usual.
We have the momentum, the numbers, and the determination to win. Education is not for sale. Let’s take back our schools. Let’s make history.”