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Announcement :: Labor
Reenact Reverend Billy's Crime Against Starbucks
04 Nov 2004
Well, they finally put Reverend Billy on Los Angeles no less. So, while he's stuck in court, throw on a collar and white blazer, slick your hair back, and preach in your local Starbucks
Reenact Reverend Billy's Crime Against Starbucks!

Get some bad Elvis hair, a white collar, white jacket and enter a Starbucks store. Deposit information about child labor in coffee fields on the tables. Hallelujah! Feel the Spirit!

As you read this, the Rev is on trial for destruction of property and malicious mischief. But his April 19th laying on of hands upon a cash register, with the help of the Stop Shopping Gospel Choir and LA activists, channeled what all coffee industry monitors have warned: billionaires like Starbucks chief Howard Shultz make money by harvesting coffee for virtually nothing. Cut out a thick strip of white cardboard and seal it over the back your neck with some duct tape: that's your collar. Throw some cement on your hair and wear a white outfit. Now you're a preacher! Have a friend follow you with a video camera. When you get to the store:

1. Stand outside the Starbucks with that mermaid logo in view, displaying a sign with your town, state and country
2. Enter the Starbucks and place your fact sheets on the tables
3. Raise your arms into the air and preach what the Spirit tells you, but make clear that the $4 lattes come from the DEVIL and child mortality rates in Guatemala are soaring

Be polite to the baristas, they're just doing their jobs. Have your fun and leave, you've done your job! Follow these links to info on grievences with Starbucks:
Organic Consumers Association
Global Exchange

Be sure to send a copy of your tape to PO Box 1556, New York, NY 10013. We’d appreciate a note of permission to use your footage in our documentary (for release next year). Hallelujah! See you in the Starbuckses!

questions/comments: michael (at) 917-825-3562
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Re: Reenact Reverend Billy's Crime Against Starbucks
04 Nov 2004
Make Trade Fair, an Oxfam project, has good downloadable flyers against Free Trade coffee.
another way to pressure Starbucks is to ask them if their coffee is fair trade... but don't be fooled, they often say yes, but later admit they aren't currently brewing it. they brew it one day a month (one lady told me one week per month, but i don't believe it).
for people who are addicted to coffee and want to switch to a fair trade coffee shop, I just learned that Brueggers Bagels has all Fair Trade coffee.

Remember, Starbucks does not franchise, so if one store doesn't have Fair Trade, none do.