March 16, 2012

March 16, 2012
Hershey Protest & Boycott

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Thursday and I hope you are having a safe and great week so far. It has been another busy one for Dab the AIDS Bear and me. Everything is still getting settled back to normal on the home front.

Yesterday, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) called on the public to continue a nationwide boycott of the Hershey Company over the Milton Hershey School’s AIDS discrimination. The Milton Hershey School a prestigious boarding school for low income scholarship students funded by the Hershey Company recently rejected a 13 year old boy for admission citing his HIV positive status as the reason, misguidedly calling him a “direct threat to the health and safety of others.” AHF and AIDS advocates are calling on the public to forgo all Hershey products when buying candy and chocolates.

Yesterday in Times Square New York, dozens of AIDS advocates gathered and protested outside the flagship Hershey Store in Times Square carrying signs and banners that say: “No Kisses for Hershey.”

Dab the AIDS Bear Project and AHF are asking the public to send the message to Hershey that there are ‘No Kisses for Hershey’ as Hershey continues on its path of discrimination and ignorance as displayed by the Hershey School’s rejection of an otherwise qualified 13 year old student due solely to his HIV positive status. Ultimately, it is the Hershey Company itself, as the main funder of the school, that must answer for the decision not to admit the boy a decision fueled by prejudice and fear. If Hershey is truly a company that believes in its social responsibility creed of commitment to consumers, community and children, it will denounce this illegal and repugnant discrimination and enroll the boy at the school. In the meanwhile, we plan to use the power of pocketbook to shame Hershey by asking the chocolate buying public to forgo buying Hershey candy.

Hope you have a great Thursday!

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab