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Elon University

Terminate food service contract with Chick-fil-A

    1. Petition by

      Becky Olive-Taylor

In order to accomplish the vision statement for Elon University’s mission, the community must act upon stated commitments. One of these is to “foster respect for human differences.” Moreover, the university’s long-range strategic plan calls for an unprecedented commitment to diversity and global engagement, supporting a world-class faculty and staff, and expectations of attaining the highest levels of achievement across our academic programs. Elon’s mission and strategic plan are best accomplished in an environment where our deliberate actions demonstrate that all community members are valued and respected. Maintaining the invited presence of Chick-fil-A on Elon’s campus calls into question our commitment to these shared values and goals. Therefore, we respectfully ask Elon to terminate the food service contract with Chick-fil-A.
While Chick-fil-A denies having an "agenda against anyone," an investigation by Equality Matters revealed that Chick-fil-A's charitable arm, WinShape, has a history of donating more than $5 million to anti-gay groups such as Focus On The Family, Exodus International, and the Family Research Council. When asked about this anti-gay agenda, Dan Cathy (Chief Operating Officer) responded - “guilty as charged.”
We acknowledge that individuals and corporations have the right to say what they choose and direct their resources where they choose. Those in the Elon community who enjoy Chick-fil-A will continue to have two franchises within two miles from campus. Elon as a private institution, however, has clearly articulated values in its mission statement and in other prized and highly publicized documents that stand in direct contradiction to the anti-LGBTQ values of Chick-fil-A. To recognize and honor these shared community values, we call for the removal of Chick-fil-A from Elon’s campus.
Respectfully,
Becky Olive-Taylor
Jeff Pugh
Laura Roselle
Clyde Ellis
Larry Basirico
Resa Walch
George Taylor
Tom Henricks
Russ Gill

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    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 10 months ago

      Lesbian and gay rights are human rights!

      Back in December 2011,the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights published a landmark report identifying that violence against LGBT people “tends to be especially vicious compared to other bias-motivated crimes.” It said that states have an “obligation to exercise due diligence” to investigate and prosecute such crimes.

      Thailand is a country often assumed to be LGBT friendly because of the tolerance that is part of Thai Buddhism, but human rights advocates are protesting a pattern of killings of lesbians and ‘tomboys.’ ‘Tom’ is a specifically Thai gender identity where lesbian women dress, act and speak in a masculine fashion.

      Most of the killings have been dismissed by police as “love gone sour” or the fault of the victims.

      They have verified information in 15 murder cases over the last few years, the youngest of whom was 17. In addition to being stabbed multiple times, suffocated, strangled, or shot to death, many of the lesbians and toms had also been raped. In two cases of double homicides, lesbian couples were killed by men who objected to their relationship and felt rebuffed when their attempts at coercing one partner into a heterosexual relationship failed.

      24-year-old Nurisan Chedurame was described as a tomboy by those who knew her and in the media. Last December, she was found dead near her village’s garbage dump with her head smashed in. A three-inch club was found at the crime scene. Relatives said that Nurisan had not returned from being out with friends the night before. Thai media quote police as suspecting she was killed because “she was involved with women.”

      Also in December, the body of 25-year-old tomboy Kanchana Changkwian was found two months after she went missing. In that case, police speculated that she had been raped and murdered “for becoming involved with a married woman.”

      In another case from last year a ‘tom’ (who is not named in reports) was murdered by her girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend. Parents and relatives of the girlfriend (also not named) had opposed the relationship, and despite threats against the tom, had failed to stop the couple from continuing to see each other. The mother of the girlfriend engineered the murder of the tom and promised to marry off her daughter to the ex-boyfriend who committed the murder.

      Most of the verified cases have not been properly investigated because of a failure to recognize possible hate crime motives.

      Said Grace Poore, of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC):

      “The killing and rapes of lesbians and toms represents a callous disregard for humanity. The failure of the Thai government to prevent or properly investigate these killings are not only appalling, they are evidence of poor governance and blatant violation of international human rights law.”

      IGLHRC and Human Rights Watch (HRW) have written to the Thai government demanding that this pattern of killings be investigated. The letter also makes a series of recommendations that authorities work with local human rights groups to ensure that LGBT people enjoy the protections they have under Thai law and that they educate both law enforcement and the Thai public about those protections.

      Thailand has signed a number of international treaties that guarantee respect for human rights, and it was one of the countries which supported the process at the United Nations, led by South Africa, which has resulted in the High Commissioner for Human Rights’ report.

      Australian police have released a shocking X-ray photo showing the skull of a murdered Chinese immigrant shot 34 times in the head and neck with a high-power nail gun.

      The body of gay Chen Liu, 27, was found 2008 by two children in marshland in south Sydney, wrapped in a carpet and bound with electrical wire.Detectives said the weapon used was a standard gas nail gun widely available and used in construction, firing nails up to 85mm (3.3 inches) long.

      “In 36 years, I’ve never seen a murder of this nature,” Homicide Squad Superintendent Geoff Beresford said.

      “It’s a particularly brutal and vicious murder and hence the reason we are seeking information from the public.”

      Liu arrived in Australia in 2000 and was reported missing last year.

      Police appealed to the public for help in solving the gruesome killing of a Chinese man who was shot 34 times in the head and neck with a nail gun before being dumped in a river.

      Police have yet to say whether they’ve identified any suspects.

      The 34 nails were found during a post-mortem examination of Liu’s body, and were located mainly in his skull. They were fired from an 85 mm nail gun at close range, Beresford said. Police have not recovered the weapon.

      “We certainly believe the nail gun is responsible for the death – there’s no doubt about that,” he said.

      Police believe he was killed 12 days before his corpse was discovered.

      Police are investigating associates of Liu, who also went by the name Anthony Liu, but said they have no evidence to suggest he was linked to any criminal group. They refused to say whether they’ve identified any suspects or persons of interest.

      Liu arrived in the city of Melbourne on a student visa from China in early 2000 and moved to Sydney, where he married for a short time and separated, police said. They declined to release any additional information about him, including whether any of his family members are living in Australia.

      “In 36 years, I’ve never seen a murder of this nature,” Homicide Squad Superintendent Geoff Beresford said.

      “It’s a particularly brutal and vicious murder and hence the reason we are seeking information from the public.”

      Liu arrived in Australia in 2000 and was reported missing last year.

      Police appealed to the public for help in solving the gruesome killing of a Chinese man who was shot 34 times in the head and neck with a nail gun before being dumped in a river.

      Police have yet to say whether they’ve identified any suspects.

      The 34 nails were found during a post-mortem examination of Liu’s body, and were located mainly in his skull. They were fired from an 85 mm nail gun at close range, Beresford said. Police have not recovered the weapon.

      “We certainly believe the nail gun is responsible for the death – there’s no doubt about that,” he said.

      Police believe he was killed 12 days before his corpse was discovered.

      Police are investigating associates of Liu, who also went by the name Anthony Liu, but said they have no evidence to suggest he was linked to any criminal group. They refused to say whether they’ve identified any suspects or persons of interest.

      Liu arrived in the city of Melbourne on a student visa from China in early 2000 and moved to Sydney, where he married for a short time and separated, police said. They declined to release any additional information about him, including whether any of his family members are living in Australia.

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    • Michael Nedvin ELON, NC
      • over 1 year ago

      Dan Cathy's views are his own concern, but not when those views influence his use of his company's money to dark ends. Furthermore, Chick-Fil-A has become associated with homophobia and intolerance, and whether the founder, company, or employees actually exhibit those feelings, the association has been let loose and cannot be recalled. This means that those with the reason to do so can use Chick-Fil-A as an emotional weapon against the vulnerable, and it is our duty to remove such weapons from our campus.

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    • Frank Campisano ELON, NC
      • over 1 year ago

      We need to respect and take care of our brothers and sisters.

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    • Kyle Webb ELON, NC
      • almost 2 years ago

      Chik-fil-a is dankalicious.

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    • Daniel Koch GRAND RAPIDS, MI
      • almost 2 years ago

      As a gay man I believe that CFA is not an organization that aligns itself correctly with our university's diversity policy

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