Replace Aramark at ASU
Replace Aramark at ASU
Dear President Crow and ASU Leadership,
We were inspired by President Crow’s call to action in his recent message to the ASU community in regards to the current events of police brutality and human rights violations in our country. In his Message from the Office of the President on June 1st, 2020, he posed the question, “Why is it that we still have systems and institutions that can carry out and often justify injustices in the name of the people?” One institution that is publicly known for carrying out and often justifying injustices is Aramark, ASU’s food service provider.
Over the past two decades, there have been dozens of lawsuits, human rights violations, and highly concerning corporate actions by Aramark. To name only a few, Aramark has been a repeat offender for the following objectionable actions: serving prisoners substandard food that resulted in sickness, using discriminatory hiring practices against POC, and even serving a disgustingly racist meal at NYU during Black History Month in 2018. There are so many more instances of similar injustices. In fact, journalist Azzam Almouai, an ASU Alum, wrote an article titled “Missing the mark” which has links to many more articles detailing the unacceptable practices of this company.
In your original email, you questioned the systems and institutions that carry out and often justify these wrongdoings by saying, “These and many other questions are questions that we can and should not only address but attack and begin to resolve.”
We believe that addressing the injustices committed by Aramark is a vital first step in the process of resolving ASU’s role and funding of this organization. We know that you and our great University do not stand for the wrongful practices of this company; we know there are better, more ethical food service providers that could help feed our students in a way that does not worsen the lives of prisoners, mistreated Aramark employees, and People of Color.
With this petition, we ASU students are united in our disdain for the unacceptable practices by Aramark, and we want to switch to another provider that matches the values and Charter of our University. We are currently researching solutions and are open to any suggestions on how to find a better food service provider. We also welcome any and all ASU student organizations or coalitions to co-sign or support this petition.
To summarize, we are Inspired by your words. We are here to answer your call to action: “My hope is that we can take a good hard look at our own intellectual underpinnings here and ask ourselves, “are there things that we can do differently or designs that we can produce or teaching and learning that we can alter that can help produce new and better aspirational attainment for the goals of our country?”
Yes, President Crow, there is something we can do differently to better attain the aspirations of our country and our University. To start, we can end our contract with Aramark and in its place build a new contract with a more ethical food service provider that matches and actively practices our values.
*If you have suggestions for a new food service provider or any ideas to help this initiative, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org