An environmental group with Democratic socialist ties is calling on the University of Georgia to ban the popular restaurant Chick-fil-A from campus, calling it an “industrial, white supremacist, imperialist, capitalist cult.”
Campus Reform reported Athens EarthStrike is targeting Chick-fil-A for its use of non-compostable packaging and unsustainably-sourced poultry, according to the student publication the Red & Black.
Some members of the environmental group also belong to the Athens Young Democratic Socialists of America student group.
Athens EarthStike told Campus Reform the “capitalist cults” of Chick-fil-A and the Georgia poultry farms “as a whole exemplify violence.”
“We are targeting Chick-fil-A because it is a central corporation in GA’s economy and we think that it can do better if the people buying its products demand action,” the group said.
Athens EarthStrike noted that one of the major poultry suppliers for Chick-fil-A is Koch, which “targets the most vulnerable people in our immigrant communities to work as employees.”
“Factories are built in low-income communities of color. These jobs are demoralizing, difficult and pollute the environment around them leaving communities in even worse living conditions,” the group said.
Among its demands of Chick-fil-A is that it stop using styrofoam cups, keep its promise to shift to serving hormone-free chicken and end factory farming.
EarthStrike also demands that the university stop “supporting a corporation that actively practices both gender discrimination and LGBT discrimination,” referring to the restaurant chain owners’ vocal and financial support of traditional marriage.
Georgia student and former Chick-fil-A employee Erin Cooke told Campus Reform the company culture was “the opposite of wasteful” when she worked there.
She said she’s not surprised by the demands, commenting that “the left continually go after organizations and companies which they are threatened by [and Chick-fil-A] no doubt is one of the largest and most popular Christian companies.”
“If Chick-fil-A was removed on campus, there would be an uproar from the student body,” she said. “It’s always the most popular restaurant with lines consistently going out the door.”