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Imagine seven days of rebellion that grind consumerism to a halt. It’s coming in November. And begins today with a worldwide boycott of Starbucks.

Join the #NOSTARBUCKS action by searching out the most interesting indie coffee shop around where you live and work. Get to know the people who own and run the place and have your friends and co-workers meet you there.

This little shift in our lives is a good way to get in the mood for rebellion … and during the week of rebellion in November, these indie coffee houses will become our meeting places and bases.

Tweet #NOSTARBUCKS, Facebook it, email it, shout it from rooftops. Spread the word and send us feedback. Let’s start brewing the mood for a worldwide revolution.

TARGET: 1 Million thriving indie coffee houses by November 28

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    I told all my friends over 10 years ago that Starbucks was an evil empire and they said i was crazy. I NEVER supported this company in any way then or now. It will be that way til this giant has fallen.

    As a coffee fan interested in "the Starbucks effect" I am not convinced that Starbucks is as evil as it seems to be to a casual observer. Having read a 2007 Slate article on the topic ( I actually beg to differ.

    Having said that, I do not contest that Starbucks is a soulless global big business mega-chain: its product is just okay, it is machine-made and its stores are uninspiring. However, you have to give the company credit for popularizing the coffee house culture that retrained the cup-a-joe public to appreciate better coffee and inspired it to connect to community.

    Of course the company now makes money on selling high-fructose-laden desserts disguised as coffee to suburban soccer moms, but you have to give the company credit for its part in bringing the coffee culture to the mainstream. You don't have to buy Starbucks coffee - mom and pops are much more creative and fun! But those small businesses wouldn't be where they are today - popular and vibrant - without marketing, courtesy of Starbucks.

    So I am with the call of action in spirit, but I do question its assumptions.

    Sincerely yours,

    i protest war, poverty, civil and social injustice, etc. i even worked for the grassroots organization ACORN. the product may be good but think about how you get that product. because like most global companies starbucks uses near slave labor where they can pay workers pennies on the dollar for their labor. nike, gap, old navy, and wal-mart are also examples. american based compines need to use more american labor to help the economy. so i havent imagined anything.

    "Tweet #NOSTARBUCKS, Facebook it..."

    Speaking of soulless social systems and corporations...

    Tone down the rhetoric, be just a bit more realistic. Consumerism isn't going to "grind to a halt" anytime soon. Don't promise the end-game, point the way toward an achievable Step One.

    In immediate retrospect, "soulless" may not have been the best word. Corporations can be responsible participants in the community, I know. Perhaps "faceless" is what I should have written.

    Whether its a soulless global coproration or not... its effects on local independant coffee shops and businesses is untold. If people knew that by buying a coffee in Starbucks they're putting local people out of business essentially.. I wonder would that change peoples decision making. Whats needed is a school program educating people about how the global marketplace really works. Where the money spent in these establishments goes, the health issues involved, and also the pyschological effects of not really connecting with your own community.

    I am so scary to enter a local coffee house. I don't have that feeling when I enter a starbucks coffee stalls everywhere in the world. For me, consumers have right to choose. The thing we can do is increasing the quality of local coffee shops instead of campaigning "no starbucks". I don't think you want to spent your money for a cup of coffee that is not taste good.

    Of course people have the right to choose. But how can a person make a choice when it is limited to one or two places? That's a choice that has been made for you. The local guy never gets a chance.
    As for being scared I'm not sure what to tell you. Sounds to me like you have been brainwashed like most that stepping out your comfort zone and trying new things is bad. Most people are affraid to go to these places because the don't want to go against what they are told is normal or right. Have you ever spent time in one of these places? Have you interacted with any of the people when you have gone to an indie coffee house? Try it and you maybe suprised.
    You must not know much about coffee. There are good Starbucks and bad ones. There are good indie coffe shops and bad ones. I've seen people take a name brand like Folgers and mess it up. I've seen people take a store brand coffee and make it into the world's best cup of joe. So that's an irrelavant statement.
    Hope you can get out of your box.


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