Starbucks Customers to Speak Out Against CEO's Bitter Budget Cut Brew

Rally at corporate headquarters will expose CEO Howard Schultz's support for corporate front group that threatens Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security

WEDNESDAY 1/30 in SEATTLE – As budget negotiations continue in Congress, concerned Starbucks customers and community members will rally at the coffee chain's global headquarters to expose Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz's support for the all-greed agenda of the deep-pocketed corporate front group known as "Fix the Debt".

Schultz is among the most prominent of the dozens of CEOs who have come together under the guise of "Fix the Debt" to push Congress to make deep cuts to vital government services. Schultz left an especially bitter taste in many mouths by requiring baristas in some stores to write his political slogans on coffee cups — an executive order that effectively turns employees and customers into political billboards for the CEO agenda.

Who: Starbucks customers and community members concerned about the impact of budget cuts being pushed by the CEO, including senior citizens, people with disabilities, and others

What/Visuals: Starbucks customers rally at corporate headquarters and write their own messages about the rich paying their fair share on coffee cups and deliver them to Starbucks corporate executives. Giant 3-foot-tall coffee cup with messages from the community will expose Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz's support for cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.

When: Wednesday, January 30, 2012 at 10:00 am

Where: Starbucks Coffee Global Headquarters: First & Lander in SoDo. (GPS address is 2401 Utah Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98134)

Howard Schultz's "Come Together" slogan may sound innocuous — but it's cover for a set of priorities that could only be dreamed up by CEOs coming together. The all-greed agenda behind the sloganeering amounts to a plan to lower tax rates on big corporations and the ultra-rich... and pay for it with deep cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and other vial government services.

Schultz and his CEO buddies say they want to "fix the debt" — but what really needs fixing is their greed.

Wednesday’s rally at Starbucks Global Headquarters is one of more than 50 events cities nationwide that are kicking off a month of intensive activity as the March 1st deadline for Congress to prevent the automatic “sequestration” cuts approaches.

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