Remove Chick-fil-a from the Atrium Food Court
  • Petitioned North Carolina State University

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North Carolina State University

Remove Chick-fil-a from the Atrium Food Court

    1. Jose  Chavira
    2. Petition by

      Jose Chavira

      Raleigh, NC

Following in the footsteps of other higher education institutions across the US:

Recently, the president of Chick-fil-A, Dan Cathy, reaffirmed the company's anti-gay marriage stance and their allocation of funds to support organizations countering the marriage equality movement.

North Carolina State University is an institution of higher education that embraces a diverse population of students and "promotes an integrated approach to problem solving that transforms lives and provides leadership for social, economic, and technological development across North Carolina and around the world".

http://www2.acs.ncsu.edu/upa/strategicplan/mission.htm

Chancellor W. Randolph Woodson's statement on diversity reads:

"Since my arrival at NC State University, I have expressed my desire to see this outstanding university soar to new heights. One way that we can begin doing this is through a collective effort to embrace diversity on our campus...We must create an atmosphere where individuals experience educational freedom and are comfortable learning and exploring. In order for this to be achieved, it is absolutely necessary for us at NC State to understand the importance of diversity and the role it plays in our lives".

http://oied.ncsu.edu/oied/diversity/diversity_chancellor.php

Provost Warwick Ardin issued the following statement in response to the Anti-LGBT Graffiti incident October 17, 2011:

“Diversity and inclusion are core values of NC State, helping to weave the fabric of a campus community that includes more than 40,000 students, faculty and staff who come to NC State from all over North Carolina, the nation and the world.
A diverse population enriches and enlivens the educational experience for students in pursuit of a college education and for whom NC State is the gateway to opportunity. Everyone should be free to pursue their education, attain their personal goals and do their jobs in a safe and welcoming environment”.

http://www.ncsu.edu/faculty-and-staff/bulletin/2011/10/provost-responds-to-anti-glbt-graffiti/

The NCSU Student Government adopted the Diversity Promotion Act in 2011 which states:

“That the North Carolina State University Student Government shares the opinion that each member of the Wolfpack Family and visitor on our campus is accepted for who they are and not discriminated upon by others for their race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, disability, creed or veteran status; and be it further,
That the North Carolina State University Student Government wholly embraces diversity and the many positive educational, social and professional attributes it brings to the university”…

http://students.ncsu.edu/sgims/archive-91/bill/diversity-promotion-act-1394.html

The NCSU Student Government also adopted the LGBT History Month Act in 2010 which states:

“That the North Carolina State University Student Senate and Student Government continue to recognize membership and awareness of the NC State GLBT Center staff and its membership as a vital importance to the growing diversity of NC State University and its surround community."

http://students.ncsu.edu/sgims/archive-89/bill/lgbt-history-month-act-1211.html

Chik-fil-A’s position could create a hostile environment for LGBTQ individuals and their allies. The company’s position on LGBTQ rights conflict with the Chancellor’s and Provost’s personal commitments to diversity at NCSU. In addition, the corporation’s views conflict with the student body’s position on diversity. Chik-fil-A’s presence on NCSU’s campus is offensive and discriminatory towards a portion of the student body, staff, and faculty. As an institution of higher education committed to diversity, it is the responsibility of the university to create a safe and welcoming environment for all students, staff, faculty, and visitors regardless of sexual orientation. Supporting a business on campus that blatantly disregards the rights and dignity of even a portion of our campus community is unacceptable.

There are many who shout that Chik-Fil-A does not discriminate towards anyone. People have said that the restaurant will sell their product to, or hire, anyone. This is not the point. There are those who state that Dan Cathy has the right to express himself and to religious freedom. This is not the point. The point is that the corporation allocates funding to anti-LGBTQ groups that work to demean the LGBTQ community. These organizations believe that the LGBTQ community does not deserve the same rights as other sectors of society. This is the discrimination of which I speak. As a result, this corporation is not fit to do business on our campus. Again, the actions of this corporation against LGBTQ community in our country conflicts with NCSU's commitment to diversity.

** NCSU officials issued the following statement in regards to this petition (According to NEWS 14 Carolina 7/31/2012):

"Chick-fil-A was initially selected to be an option on campus largely due to student interest and feedback. NC State welcomes all persons without regard to sexual orientation."

We the undersigned call for the removal of Chick-fil-A from NCSU’s Atrium Food Court (attached to D. H. Hill Library). We must uphold our commitment to diversity and not permit discrimination, in the slightest, on our campus…especially from services provided to the campus community.

We do not support hate.

Wolfpack!

 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Duke Chronical: Chick-Fil-A to close in May 2013

      Jose  Chavira
      Petition Organizer

      The chain is leaving Duke's campus. Even though it is not directly because students do not agree...it is still a good thing. Let's make this happen at NCSU.

    2. 1600-1696!

      Jose  Chavira
      Petition Organizer

      Well, we have certainly slowed a bit in gaining numbers. That is ok though...we've plenty of time. all we need is 2,804 more signatures! Let's share this with as many people as we can to gain the support we need.

    3. 1577- 1600!!

      Jose  Chavira
      Petition Organizer

      We made great progress today! Remember to share with your friends and family.

    4. 1500-1577

      Jose  Chavira
      Petition Organizer

      Progress has slowed substantially but we are still doing great! Be sure and share this petition via facebook, twitter, email, or anywhere else you'd like! We need all the support we can get. Great job!

    5. 1385 to 1500

      Jose  Chavira
      Petition Organizer

      We've made it to 1500 signatures! Let's keep up the good work! continue to share with your friends and families via all social media. Great work everyone!

    6. Reached 1,500 signatures
    7. Holy Moley...

      Jose  Chavira
      Petition Organizer

      We have grown by 725 people in one day!!! I am overwhelmed by the support. We've still a long ways to go before we reach our goal of 4500! But I have confidence that we will most undoubtedly get there! Way to go!!! Keep up the amazing support!! You are making more of difference then you know by standing with me against discrimination at NCSU!!!

    8. Reached 1,000 signatures
    9. 660 to 782

      Jose  Chavira
      Petition Organizer

      Wow! I have no idea what happened in the few hours that I slept but, we've some how, gained over 100 signatures in that time. Way to go!! This is a fantastic spike! Let's keep it going and send NCSU a strong message to NCSU that we won't support hate ...separated by any number of degrees. Our campus is not the place for CFA and we hope they choose equality, human dignity, and diversity over big corporate football money.

    10. Reached 750 signatures
    11. 608 to 660

      Jose  Chavira
      Petition Organizer

      Today was a slower day for growth! Let's make up for it tomorrow!!!

    12. Progress Progress!

      Jose  Chavira
      Petition Organizer

      Hey everyone! Thank you all for your support! We are making very good progress. If we continue with the momentum we;ve had over the last few days, we will hit 4500 in no time! Let's keep up the good work!

    13. from 443 to 608!!

      Jose  Chavira
      Petition Organizer

      Hey everyone! We've made excellent progress today! Let's keep it up. 165 more signatures in one day! August 1, 2012.

      Thank you for all your support!

    14. Petition Update Continued

      Jose  Chavira
      Petition Organizer

      without regard to sexual orientation."

    15. Petition Update Continued

      Jose  Chavira
      Petition Organizer

      There are many who shout that Chik-Fil-A does not discriminate towards anyone. People have said that the restaurant will sell their product to or hire anyone. This is not the point. There are thouse who state that Dan Cathy has the right to express himself and to religous freedom. This is not the point. The point is that the corporation alloocates funding to anti-LGBTQ groups that work to demean the LGBTQ community. These organizations believe that the LGBTQ community does not deserve the same rights as other sectors of society. As a result, this corporation is not fit to do business on our campus. Again, the actions of this corporation against LGBTQ community in our country conflicts with NCSU's commitment to diversity. ** NCSU officials issued the following statement in regards to this petition (According to NEWS 14 Carolina 7/31/2012):"Chick-fil-A was initially selected to be an option on campus largely due to student interest and feedback. NC State welcomes all persons without

    16. Petition Update

      Jose  Chavira
      Petition Organizer

      Hello everyone,

      Thanks so much for your support! I'd like to take a moment and let you all know what I have added to the petition. The public continues to state that Dan Cathy has the right to his opinion and freedom of religion. The public also claims that Chik-Fil-A does not discriminate towards anyone. As a result, I have posted the following statement:

    17. 500 Signatures!!!

      Jose  Chavira
      Petition Organizer

      We've hit 500 signatures!!! That is 1/9th of what we're trying to accomplish! Way to go!!!
      Let's keep this momentum going. Share with your friends and family on facebook,,,tweet it...email it!
      Remember the issue of equality is not local...it is a national issue.

    18. Reached 500 signatures
    19. Share! Share! Share!

      Jose  Chavira
      Petition Organizer

      Hello everyone,

      Please be sure and share this petition of every so often on your facebook pages. You never know when it might be reach just one more person who hasn't seen it yet. Also, I'd like to inform everyone of efforts to mobilize nationally between universities. We hope that through, coordination, cooperation, and mobilization, we will be able to send a clear message to our respective universities that we do not support hatred, of any sort, on our campuses. We always hope to send a message to other corporations that, as students, we do not agree with bigoted attitudes towards and portion of our population...specifically the LGBTQ community. In addition, we hope to send the message to the US and world, that the youth of our country will not tolerate hatred from anyone anymore.

    20. From 250-443!!!

      Jose  Chavira
      Petition Organizer

      We have gone from 250 signatures last night...to 443 signatures by midnight tonight! That's 193 signatures in one day!!! Way to go!!! Keep up the fight! Let's send a very clear and very loud message that we do not support hate in any form on NCSU's campus!!

    21. Signatures ...

      Jose  Chavira
      Petition Organizer

      Hi everyone,

      Just want to put this public update up.

      Don't put your name on petition that you don't support. It's still your name. It still adds to our numbers. So, in the end, you're doing nothing to stop the petition or our cause.

      Thanks!

    22. Petition urges NC State to kick Chik-fil-A off campus

      Jose  Chavira
      Petition Organizer

      News 14 did a story tonight about this initiative. Be sure to read it! It is pretty good coverage.

    23. From 250-350

      Jose  Chavira
      Petition Organizer

      We have grown our numbers by 100 signatures today!!! Way to go!!!! Keep up the good work! Let's try to add at least 50 more by the midnight!!!!

    24. Petition started to ban Chick-Fil-A from NCSU

      Jose  Chavira
      Petition Organizer

      The televised news story about the efforts of this petition is actually pretty good. Take a look at it. Share with your friends and family.

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Alton Russell RALEIGH, NC
      • about 2 years ago

      NC State is my university, and we can do better.

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    • Mike Jennette RALEIGH, NC
      • about 2 years ago

      Corporations are not people, they are instruments of profit and power. Overturn: Decided January 21, 2010

      Full case name Citizens United, Appellant v. Federal Election Commission

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    • Robert Eads DURHAM, NC
      • about 2 years ago

      Because I'm Transgendered.

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    • Kristin Jones RALEIGH, NC
      • about 2 years ago

      Because a college campus is suppose be built with open mind and accepting businesses where every student who pays tuition feels supported. Plus, I'm a vegetarian who personal finds chick-fil-a cruel, unhealthy.. with a side of heart disease.

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    • Sawyer Hubbard RALEIGH, NC
      • about 2 years ago

      NC State shouldn't support an organization that doesn't view all people equally

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