No Kisses for Hershey - End HIV Stigma
  • Petitioned James Nevels

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Board Member, Hershey Company & Milton Hershey School
James Nevels
Board Member, Hershey Company & Milton Hershey School
James Mead
Board Member, Hershey Company & Milton Hershey School
Robert Cavanaugh

No Kisses for Hershey - End HIV Stigma

    1. Lori Yeghiayan
    2. Petition by

      Lori Yeghiayan

      Glendale, CA

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A Hershey-funded boarding school REJECTED an HIV-positive 13-year-old boy for admission, calling his status a “direct threat to the health & safety of others.”

The young man is extremely disappointed in the decision and merely wants the opportunity to live his dreams, work hard and go to college.  In an interview with Poz Magazine, he said: "I used to look at Hershey as if I was already one of them. I just knew I would get in because I take pride in everything I do and I keep good grades. I have nothing wrong with me, and everyone that I know, who knows me, likes me."

AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the largest global AIDS organization, is calling for a BOYCOTT of all Hershey candy. We are asking people not to buy any Hershey candy until the company speaks out against AIDS discrimination at the Milton Hershey School and facilitates the boy’s enrollment at the school. Send a message to Hershey that AIDS discrimination is NOT acceptable.

Sign the petition to 3 Hershey Company Board Members—Robert Cavanaugh, James Mead & James Nevels—who also sit on the Milton Hershey School Trust Board, and demand that Hershey denounce this discrimination and facilitate the enrollment of the HIV-positive student at its school.

A list of Hershey's products to boycott: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_products_manufactured_by_The_Hershey_Company    

Find out more at www.endHIVstigma.org.

 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Great news! Hershey School Reverses Decision, Admits HIV+ Boy to School

      Lori Yeghiayan
      Petition Organizer

      Great news! Following months of protests and actions, including a boycott of all Hershey's candy, AIDS Healthcare Foundation cheers the news that the Milton Hershey School has reversed its illegal HIV/AIDS blacklist and offered admission to the HIV-positive student it rejected, calling the reversal: “a mortal blow against AIDS stigma and discrimination.” http://huff.to/NxsXd6

      Thank you, everyone, for your support! Your actions have made a difference.

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    • susan schuyler SWARTZ CREEK, MI
      • about 2 years ago

      If only one of these ignorant people could walk in this boys shoes for a day.

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    • Natalie Talbot CROYDON,NSW, AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      Aids discrimination is the same as any other form of discrimination .

      Perhaps Hershey should invest some of there money in the education of there staff and students that having hiv is not a direct threat to anybody,.

      I think the person responsible for this disicion should be forced to apologise then resign.

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    • joshua stearns SEATTLE, WA
      • about 2 years ago

      THIS IS NUTS! BOYCOTT HERSHEY!

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    • Allan Stenner MIDDLESBROUGH, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 2 years ago

      Unacceptable discrimination! Give this kid a voice!

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    • Sheveka Smith TAMARAC, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      I want to join a organization that is making a difference and because some one so dear to.me died in 2007. And his daughter is now living.withthe virus as she was born with. She isa beautiful 17.year old who has

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