Friday, February 02, 2007

[olympiaworkers] Seattle Starbucks IWW Action

First Annual Celebration of Resistance at Starbucks Annual Meeting
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Sisters and Brothers:

The IWW Starbucks Workers Union and Justice from Bean to Cup! campaign
invite you to the Starbucks Annual Shareholder Meeting for a celebration
of dissent and resistance. Around the world, cafe workers and coffee
farmers are struggling against the exploitative labor practices of the
world's largest coffee chain. Baristas in New York, Chicago, and Rockville
have made common cause with union baristas in New Zealand and Canada to
create an independent voice on the job and win a living wage. At the same
time in locations including Ethiopia and Kenya, coffee farmers are
demanding that Starbucks respect their autonomy and right to survive.

As multinational corporations like Starbucks amplify their power across
the globe, workers too are globalizing solidarity. From farmers in Korea,
to garment workers in Bangladesh, and teachers in Oaxaca, working people
are struggling for a liberatory alternative to neoliberalism. The struggle
for the dignity of Starbucks workers is part of the same global justice

Starbucks uses the Annual Meeting to showcase its false socially
responsible image to investors and the world. This year, people of
conscience will crash the party with a message of authentic dignity and
autonomy for working people, not greenwashing. Contact IWW member and
Starbucks barista Tomer Malchi at 646-753-1167 or to
get involved. Join us and carry forward the global struggle for liberty
at work and in society:

Celebration of Resistance at the Starbucks Annual Meeting
March 21, 2007 at 9 a.m.
Marion Oliver McCaw Hall at the Seattle Center
Seattle, Washington
Mercer Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues

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