Over 630,000 Thank Starbucks for Supporting Marriage Equality
April 3, 2012
SumOfUs.org, Washington United for Marriage and MoveOn.org Deliver Signed “Thank You Card” to Starbucks Corporate HQs
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – In a strong show of support for marriage equality, and a direct challenge to the right-wing attacks by the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), more than 630,000 members of SumOfUs.org,MoveOn.org and Washington United for Marriage have signed a massive “Thank You” card to Starbucks. Tomorrow at noon, the giant card, which was selected by SumOfUs.org members, will be delivered to the Starbucks HQ.
SumOfUs.org launched the “Thank Starbucks” campaign in the face of the National Organization of Marriage (NOM) “Dump Starbucks” boycott. NOM called on the public to spread the message of anti-gay bias because Starbucks publicly supported gay marriage legislation that recently passed in Washington state. At this point, more than 20 times as many people have thanked Starbucks as have pledged to dump Starbucks.
“We’ve been stunned by the passionate response to “Thank Starbucks” – our most viral campaign ever,” Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman, executive director for SumofUs.org said. “We’ve seen in our campaigns that consumers expect corporations to do right by their workers and by their community. We hope that this overwhelming show of support for Starbucks for supporting gay rights will inspire other corporations to keep making similar public statements.”
“We knew that people would stand with Starbucks for standing up for marriage equality, but this response is amazing. This kind of consumer support shows why so many Washington companies recognize that all loving, committed couples should have the freedom to marry,” said Zach Silk, Campaign Manager for Washington United for Marriage. Washington United for Marriage is a coalition of organizations, congregations, unions, and businesses working together to secure civil marriage for same-sex couples in Washington State.
WHO: SumOfUs Members, Washingtonians United For Marriage and MoveOn.org
WHAT: Giant “Thank You Card” with 40,000+ signatures on the card, 630,000 signatures on the petitions and activists dressed at life-size Starbucks coffee cups delivering their appreciation to Starbucks HQ.
WHEN: Wednesday – April 4, 2012
WHERE: Starbucks Corporate Headquarters
2401 Utah Avenue South
Seattle, Washington 98134
Sign the Card Here: http://sumofus.org/campaigns/thank-starbucks/
See updates on NOM’s campaign here: http://www.dumpstarbucks.com/
See live updates on # of times the thank-you card has been shared on Facebook and Twitter here: http://sumofus.org/share/thank-starbucks-thanks/
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Wednesday, 4 April 2012
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