Update: Following the announcement that Starbucks plans to hire 10,000 refugees in partnership with the United Nations, some of Donald Trump's supporters have reacted with a call to boycott the coffee chain. Proponents of the president's restrictive immigration policy vowed to boycott Starbucks across social media. Here are a few such posts.
#BoycottStarbucks— Sandy (@sandra8301) January 30, 2017
We put Trump in the White House
We can Put Starbucks out of business
They want to hire refugees over Americans go 4 it!
Original story: President Trump's executive order restricting people from seven primarily Muslim countries and suspending Syrian refugee resettlement generated widespread outrage. Protesters poured into airports to demonstrate for the release of detainees, tech companies responded (some with donations), and now the Starbucks CEO has reacted.
Howard Schultz, the current chairman, penned an open letter to employees explaining his thoughts on the crisis and detailing how Starbucks will hire 10,000 refugees over the next five years. "We will neither stand by, nor stand silent, as the uncertainty around the new administration's actions grows with each passing day," Schultz wrote of Trump's administration.
The coffee brewing giant will partner with the United Nations to employ refugees internationally. "There are more than 65 million citizens of the world recognized as refugees by the United Nations," Schultz wrote, "and we are developing plans to hire 10,000 of them over five years in the 75 countries around the world where Starbucks does business."
Schultz closed his lengthy letter, which is worth reading in its entirety on Stabucks's website, with a message of hope. "If there is any lesson to be learned over the last year, it's that your voice and your vote matter more than ever," he wrote. "We are all obligated to ensure our elected officials hear from us individually and collectively."
People are certainly heeding the call to ensure their voices are heard — and it's making a difference. Likely thanks to the protests and efforts from the American Civil Liberties Union, the White House changed its position on Sunday and said that the order now excludes green card holders.