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Protesters in Seattle gather outside the coffee chains original store

‘We ain’t shopping at Starbucks no more’ Protesters in Seattle gathered outside the coffee chains original store to demand the company drops funding for police federation

  • Protesters gathered outside the original Starbucks store at Pike Place Market 
  • In the footage protesters chant ‘we aint shopping at Starbucks no more’
  • Some protesters can be seen carrying a sign saying: ‘Abolish the Police’
  • Starbucks first opened in Seattle’s Pike Place Market in 1971, before growing to become the most prominent coffee-shop in the world 

Protesters in Seattle yesterday gathered outside Starbuck’s original store to demand the coffee giant drops funding for the city’s police federation.   

In footage from the march, which took place yesterday at Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington, protesters can be heard chanting ‘we ain’t shopping at Starbucks no more.’ 

The clip shows a group marching with a banner reading ‘Abolish the Police’, as they demand Starbucks cut all ties with the Seattle Police Department. 

The march began at the original Starbucks location in Pike Place Market, stopping at several locations in the city before finishing at the upscale Starbucks Reserve Roastery in the Capitol Hill neighborhood 

Starbucks first opened in Seattle’s Pike Place Market in 1971, before growing to become the most prominent coffee-shop in the world. 

In a statement to DailyMail.com, Starbucks clarified their connection to the Seattle Police Department.  

Protesters march outside a Starbucks location downtown calling for the baraista’s divestment from the Seattle Police Foundation yesterday in Seattle, Washington

Protesters march through Pike Place Market calling for Starbucks to divest from the Seattle Police Foundation yesterday in Seattle, Washington

Protesters march through Pike Place Market calling for Starbucks to divest from the Seattle Police Foundation yesterday in Seattle, Washington

‘In 2019 we provided funding to support the SPD with Implicit Bias training and their 2019 Banquet gala,’ the statement reads. 

‘We previously had a partner [employee] on the [SPD] board who is no longer with Starbucks and as of today we have no one representing Starbucks on the Seattle Police Foundation Board.’

The coffee giant is facing bad press over a string of racially charged incidents, including one from May 2018 this year where two black men – who hadn’t ordered anything in the store and were waiting for a friend – were arrested after a store manager contacted the police. 

Earlier this month, a Muslim teenager voiced her outrage after a Target Starbucks barista allegedly wrote ‘ISIS’ on her coffee cup. 

Aishah, who only released her first name for safety reasons, said she ordered a drink at a Starbucks inside a Target in St. Paul, Minnesota, on July 1 when she received the shocking phrase on her order.

The 19-year-old said she was wearing a hijab when she made her order and repeated her name multiple times.

Protesters march through Pike Place Market calling for Starbucks to divest from the Seattle Police Foundation yesterday in Seattle, Washington

Protesters march through Pike Place Market calling for Starbucks to divest from the Seattle Police Foundation yesterday in Seattle, Washington

But she was appalled when she received her beverage and saw ‘ISIS’ on it.

‘When I first received the drink I was in shock that in this day and age something like this could be written,’ the shaken college student said during a press conference on Monday with a civil rights attorney, slamming the incident as Islamaphobic.

Starbucks told DailyMail.com they aren’t involved in the employment process for employees at the Target Starbucks in St. Paul, Minnesota, and that that responsibility falls to Target. 

However, the chain has been publicly trying to make moves to eliminate hate speech.  

Starbucks suspended all of its advertising on social media platforms to join a boycott of Facebook in a bid to crackdown on hate speech online.  

The company will ‘have discussions internally and with media partners and civil rights organizations to stop the spread of hate speech,’ the statement said.



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