The privileged, white folks (old and young) who get all in a huff about Starbucks everytime they see the name - making signs of the cross, like they are seeing Dracula fer chrissakes, in all frankness, amuse me, from my perspective as an old left, union shop steward, labor socialist.
Understand that as a kid in the second grade, that when I heard the name Abraham Lincoln, I thought the whole name was Abraham Lincoln Brigade. What I see now in those much reviled Starbucks joints, which are alas, non-union, a work force that does have medical and dental benefits after a fashion - something that the old mom and pops never had. Trust me, I know - I worked for alot of "Mom & Pops" coming up. It's what motivated me to become a Restaurant Union Shop Steward and Negotiating Team Delegate.
Starbucks, incidentally, seemed to be the coffee cup of choice of most of my fellow marchers last Sunday at the Women's Pro-Life rally in Washington, DC, judging from the detrius in the trashcans on the Mall.
Subj: Re: [cg] Starbuck's Coffee Grounds: <Gasp> Da Compost Dat Dare Not Mention It... Laurie Tanenbaum
Date: 4/29/04 11:49:54 PM Eastern Daylight Time
To: Adam36055, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
You know, Adam - its not useful to be so belittling about others' particular political view about Starbucks just because you want the coffee and the coffee grinds. You are so good at supporting discussion of and participation in social justice issues all the time that it comes out of right field to hear you sound this way. If you don't like the way people express their distress with the ever growing Starbucks - say that. If you really don't think there have been scary consequences and behaviors of Starbucks -say that. Announce the coffee grinds. If you get a vicious response figure out what is that throws you for such a loop or ignore it, or figure out why you don't agree. But to go on a rant like you just did is obnoxious. Get over it! Laurie - Chicago
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