Q&A With Hillary Dworkoski, NYU's Anti-Chick-fil-A Provocateur

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Hillary Dworkoski, seen right, outside of NYU's Chick-fil-A location.
When Hillary Dworkoski traveled from her home state of California to the bustling Big Apple for her first semester at New York University last year, she had never heard about chicken sandwiches and waffle fries. 'Chick-fil-A' was not in her vocabulary; neither was 'civic activism' or 'Dan Cathy.' She was an unknowing freshman in the Gallantin School for Individualized Studies, enjoying the wonders of living in New York along with the rest of NYU's Class of 2015. 

Fast forward a few months. Hillary begins passing around a petition on change.org that calls for the end to Chick-fil-A's existence on the NYU campus. Somehow, the young freshman has found herself, along with a handful of other students, leading a University-wide protest against the organization for their reported donations to groups that opposed same-sex marriages. 

But, after a Student Senate vote abstained the University from getting involved, the protests dulled for some time. Until the rest of the country began catching up with the protestors: with Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum standing behind President Dan Cathy's statements in defense of 'traditional marriage,' lines are being drawn on both the city and national level over the fast food establishment that is only closed on the Sabbath. 

Although she is transferring to Los Angeles's Loyola Marymount University this fall, Hillary is taking the fight back home with her. As we speak, the sophomore is busy organizing a protest at a Chick-fil-A spot in West Hollywood; one that was overtaken by LGBT activists on the designated 'National Kiss-In Day' last week. In her mind, this has only just begun. 

The Voice spoke with Ms. Dworkoski to ask what's next.
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The Voice Talks Chik-Fil-A on WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show [AUDIO]

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Hotel view from UNITY 2012 as we called in to WNYC
Greetings from Las Vegas, where we are attending the UNITY 2012 journalism diversity conference, along with meetings of the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association.

We called back home this morning to talk to Brian Lehrer on WNYC about Chik-fil-A, the exciting fast food poultry arena for debating gay marriage that's sweeping the nation.

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