Join us for a 2-hour sit in at Starbucks located at 1801 Spruce Street. We will sit in the store and make no purchases. This action is in response to Friday’s arrest of two African American men who were handcuffed and taken into custody by Philadelphia Police while they sat inside the Rittenhouse Starbucks waiting for a business partner. The arrest was videotaped, posted on social media, and the video has gone viral prompting international outrage and calls to boycott Starbucks. Both Starbucks and Philadelphia’s Mayor have issued remorseful apologies; however, the Police Commissioner is defending the officers who made the controversial arrests. Join us to demonstrate that we will not tolerate racial discrimination.
If you cannot stay the entire time, stay as long as you can. Wear your POWER buttons and spread the word. Clergy are asked to wear clergy attire.
Actions for the day can be found below.
3:30 PM - Gather at the Philadelphia Ethical Society, 1906 Rittenhouse Square.
4:00 PM - March to and occupy Starbucks at 1801 Spruce Street.
6:00 PM - Return to the Philadelphia Ethical Society to debrief.
7:00 PM - National clergy call.