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Announcement :: Globalization : Human Rights : International : Labor
Wrestling with Starbucks: The Politics of Coffee
10 Feb 2009
Tuesday, Feb. 17th, 7:00pm
FREE!

First Church in Jamaica Plain, UU
6 Eliot St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

When activist and author Kim Fellner saw fellow demonstrators at the 1999 “Battle of Seattle” smashed in the window of a Starbucks store, she couldn’t escape the feeling that something was wrong with the picture. How had a coffee company with a liberal reputation come to engender such hostility?
The Jamaica Plain Forum Presents:

Wrestling with Starbucks: The politics of coffee with Kim Fellner

Tuesday, Feb. 17th, 7:00pm
FREE!

First Church in Jamaica Plain, UU
6 Eliot St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

As a longtime labor and community organizer, Kim Fellner has spent her life fighting corporate abuse. But when fellow demonstrators at the 1999 “Battle of Seattle” smashed in the window of a Starbucks store, she couldn’t escape the feeling that something was wrong with the picture. How had a coffee company with a liberal reputation come to engender such hostility? Fellner decided to find out.

She interviewed global justice and union activists, baristas, independent coffee shop owners, coffee farmers and a dozen Starbucks executives, including CEO Howard Schultz. Along the way, she encountered some unexpected insights, not just about the Green Mermaid, but about how we, on the left, choose our fights and frame our issues.

Wrestling with Starbucks: Conscience, Capital, Cappuccino invites us to reflect on how we define and practice our values in the global economy from the vantage point of our morning brew-and presents a refreshingly different look at the company that changed the way the world drinks coffee.
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http://www.jamaicaplainforum.org

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