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Indiana students protest Chick-fil-A
Special to the online edition of Windy City Times
2011-04-27

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Students at Indiana University-SouthBend ( IUSB ) have been intensifying efforts to have the fast-food chain Chick-fil-A removed from campus, according to an article on Change.org .

The school's chancellor, Una Mae Reck, has largely been quiet on the issue, even ignoring an agenda item involving the restaurant chain when she recently met with students.

Students have organized a protest during the lunch hour to draw attention to Chick-fil-A's connection to anti-gay groups and students are now filing complaints, saying that allowing the chain to remain on campus is permitting anti-gay discrimination.

According to MediaMatters.org, the complaint's sanctions include:

—a written reprimand with a warning that additional sanctions will be imposed if there is a repetition of the misconduct;

—temporary suspension without pay; and

—immediate dismissal, among others.

Jason Moreno, a student at IUSB and a spokesperson for the Civil Rights Student Association, said, "Chancellor Reck has continued to proactively purchase goods from this vendor for the purpose of resale on campus despite all evidence proving the damage it causes the students she's charged to protect. These purchases aren't automatic, but rather she's making the conscious decision to do this every week on her own authority and of her own volition, with full knowledge of the overwhelming evidence that shows she's participating in the promotion of discrimination."

According to reports, Chick-fil-A has given more than $1.1 million to anti-gay organizations, including the National Christian Foundation ( $631,600 ) , Fellowship Of Christian Athletes ( $480,000 ) , Serving Marriages, Inc. ( $15,000 ) , the Alliance Defense Fund ( $5,000 ) , Christian Camp and Conference Association ( $5,000 ) , Campus Crusade for Christ ( $2,850 ) , Georgia Family Council ( $2,000 ) and the Family Research Council ( $1,000 ) .

More than 8,000 people have signed a petition on Change.org urging Reck to remove Chick-fil-A. Reck has been chancellor since 2002.


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