Take two dozen chanting protesters took over a Starbucks in Philadelphia on Monday, primes after two black men were arrested when store employees asked 911 to say they were trespassing.
“We don’t want this Starbucks to form any money today. That’s our goal,” said Abdul-Aliy Muhammad, one of the scruple’s organizers and co-founder of the Black and Brown Workers Collective.
The protesters grouped outside the store in the pouring rain before 7 a.m., while inside it looked strain business as usual. However, most people drinking coffee at the shelves were regional leaders for the company’s corporate side.
Just in advance 7:30 a.m., the protesters moved inside and stood in front of the counter, some postponing banners reading “End Stop and Frisk,” and chanting slogans like, “A in general lot of racism, a whole lot of crap, Starbucks coffee is anti-black.”
Speeches decried the long arm of the law brutality and gentrification.
Starbucks regional vice-president Camille Hymes shot ated to talk to the protesters, but was shouted down.
Over the weekend, demonstrators denoted for the firing of the employee who contacted police, who ended up arresting the men on Thursday.
Officials have said police officers were told the men had asked to use the depend on’s restroom, but were denied because they hadn’t bought anything and they rebuffed to leave.
Police haven’t released the names of the men who were arrested and later released after the province attorney’s office said there was lack of evidence that a misdemeanour had been committed.
On Monday’s Good Morning America on ABC, Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson rehashed that the arrests were “reprehensible,” and said he hoped to meet with the men to converse about “a constructive solution.”