Safari Cup/Starbucks Fight goes National. Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz and local 44th Ward Alderman still to address the issue on WCPT’s Revolution and Beer radio show.

The fight to stop Starbucks from forcing a small independent neighborhood coffee-house, Safari Cup is growing nationwide. Realizing that small, independent businesses are the backbone of America, WCPT, 900poundgorilla and Revolution and Beer are standing squarely with Safari Cup, especially since there is no need for the current controversy. We have repeatedly reached out to Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks. 

So far Mister Schultz has not accepted the offer, which remains, and which will be a respectfulbut earnest conversation . The key here is clarity. The Starbucks move appears predatory in nature, given that a Cleaners next to Safari Cup is being forced out to the detriment of their customers and employees despite a willingness to pay higher rent to remain in that location. Starbucks is pushing hard to cross the street from their current location to move in right next door to Safari Cup, and apparently twisting arms to do it. What is their urgency to move from the current good and profitable location? The question for Starbucks CEO Schultz is what responsibility he feels to the neighborhood, and whether it is right to force another business out for the sake of higher profits. It comes down to this, is Starbucks a part of the community or simply feeding off it.

An Invitation to respond to questions from WCPT has also gone unanswered by 44th Ward Alderman Tom Tunney . A spokesperson for the Alderman, however, commented that what Starbucks is doing is well within their rights in the so-called free market. While there is perhaps no specific legal issues, this has caused a significant disruption in the community. Safari Cup, friends and supporters are digging in and prepared for a fight, that isn’t necessary if Starbucks were to stop their planned move across the street, or the Alderman would show some leadership on the issue.110225_safari-585x390  We are still hoping to hear from the Alderman soon. 

Listen to the show 8-9am Sundays on WCPT in Chicago, streaming worldwide for updates on this David and Goliath story.

Catch 900poundgorilla’s WC Turck and Brian Murray each Sunday 8-9am only on Our Town, at Chicago’s Progressive Talk, WCPT AM and FM, and streaming online. Friend us on Facebook  at Revolution and Beer. And if you have a cause to champion, please let us know as we work to become the grassroots support network for Chicago Activists and community organizers  

About 900poundgorilla

W.C. Turck is a Chicago playwright and the author of four widely acclaimed books.His latest is "The Last Man," a prophetic novel of a world ruled by a single corporation. His first novel, "Broken: One Soldier's Unexpected Journey Home," was reccommended by the National Association of Mental Health Institutes. His 2009 Memoir, "Everything for Love" chronicled the genocide in Bosnia and the siege of Sarajevo. His third book "Burn Down the Sky" is published exclusively on Amazon Kindle. It was in Sarajevo at the height of the siege where he met and married his wife, writer and Artist Ana Turck. FOX NEWS, ABC, CBS News, the Chicago Tribune and The Joliet Herald covered their reunion after the war. He helped organized relief into Rwanda during the 1994 genocide. Turck has been a guest on WMAQ-TV, WLS in Chicago, WCPT, WBBM radio, National Public Radio, Best Of the Left and the Thom Hartmann show. He has spoken frequently on Human Rights, Genocide and Nationalism. In 2011, his play in support of the Occupy Movement, "Occupy My Heart-a revolutionary Christmas Carol" recieved national media attention and filled theaters to capacity across Chicago. He remains an activist to the cause of human rights and international peace. View all posts by 900poundgorilla

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