Starbucks Launches “Come Together Petition” on Oct. 11 (Video)

Watch the video and read the letter from Howard Schultz, Starbucks chairman, president and ceo, to America’s business leaders asking them to sign a petition urging our elected leaders to come together for the collective good.The petition will be in Starbucks stores as of today, Oct. 11.

October 10, 2013

Dear Friends,

I am grateful to all of you for the outpouring of support and ideas regarding how we can best solve the current crisis of leadership in which we are now embroiled.

What has become clear to me over these past few days – aside from the continued dysfunction we see from our elected leaders – is the sad and striking realization that the American people have no platform with which to voice their frustration with Washington and the current stalemate that threatens our nation. The fact that the government’s “We the People” initiative website has shut down due to a lack of funding says everything about the irresponsible and untenable situation our political leadership has created across America.

This is one area where we can help put our country back on the right track. Using our collective scale for good, this Friday Starbucks and others will distribute a petition ( asking Congress and the White House to:

  • First, reopen our government to serve the people
  • Second, pay our debts on time to avoid another financial crisis
  • Third, pass a bipartisan and comprehensive long-term budget deal by the end of the year.

Starbucks will offer up its thousands of stores across the nation to give the millions of customers who come through our stores every week, and thousands of partners (employees) who serve them, an opportunity to have their voices heard by signing our petition. Please join us in doing what you – and your companies – can to give the American people the voice they currently lack, and are desperately crying out for. And in the process, you can help to restore faith and trust in our government through your civil words and deeds.


Howard Schultz

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2 Responses to “Starbucks Launches “Come Together Petition” on Oct. 11 (Video)”

  1. On October 11, 2013 at 7:33 am responded with... #

    PLEASE!!! Can our government act (or pretend) to LEAD our country rather than see how many points you can win in a debate! Do they not realize they have a responsibility to come together and do what is best for the US rather than be stuck on who is RIGHT! I’m embarrassed to be an American right now with such an incompetent righteous government!!

  2. On October 12, 2013 at 9:09 am responded with... #

    Our Leaders in Washington are acting like little children what a shame. The will of the majority of the people do not agree with their actions. We will be making changes in the elections to come.

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