Modal close

Hi there,

You turn to Democracy Now! for ad-free news you can trust. Maybe you come for our daily headlines. Maybe you come for in-depth stories that expose government and corporate abuses of power. This week Democracy Now! is celebrating our 23rd birthday. For over two decades, we've produced our daily news hour without ads, government funding or corporate underwriting. How is this possible? Only with your support. Right now, in honor of Democracy Now!'s birthday, every donation we receive will be doubled by a generous supporter. This means if you give $30 today, Democracy Now! will get $60 to support our daily news hour. Please do your part. It takes just a couple of minutes to make sure that Democracy Now! is there for you and everybody else. Thank you! -Amy Goodman

Non-commercial news needs your support.

We rely on contributions from you, our viewers and listeners to do our work. If you visit us daily or weekly or even just once a month, now is a great time to make your monthly contribution.

Please do your part today.


After White Police Officers Shoot and Kill An African-American Man in Seattle, Communityactivists Adopt a New Tactic: Pressuring Powerful Corporations Like Starbucks to Take a Stand Againstpolice Brut

Default content image
Media Options

On May 31, white police officers once again shot and killed an African-American man. Two police officers stoppedAaron Roberts, 37, on a traffic violation. Roberts attempted to drive away. By the time the altercation was over,police had fatally shot the unarmed man in the stomach. Aaron Roberts’ 17-year-old son happened to be nearby, andpushed through the police tape to be closer to his wounded father. Police restrained him and then arrested him.With his father dead, he spent the night in the juvenile detention center on charges of assault.

This didn’t happen in Cincinnati, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles or New York. This happened in Seattle, a city with anAfrican-American population of less than 10%, a city that residents say has been plagued by racism and policebrutality for years.

Community members have called for citizen boards of inquiry, and an end to racial profiling by the police. They haveheld protests and meetings with city council members.

But then some community leaders launched a campaign unheard of in police brutality cases: a boycott of theSeattle-based multinational coffee company, Starbucks.

Around 100 people congregated at the Central District’s Starbucks on June 13. The People’s Coalition for Justiceorganized the demonstration, and was joined by members of an engineers union taking issue with conditions at acoffee-bean roasting plant, and members of the Green Party.

We are joined on the telephone right now by Reverend Robert Jeffrey, the pastor at the Central District’s New HopeBaptist Church and one of the leaders of this unique coalition.


  • Reverend Robert Jeffrey, Pastor at New Hope Baptist Church, and with the People’s Economic Union (acoalition of groups to unify around).

Related Story

Video squareStoryMay 20, 2015Sgt. James Brown, 26, Survived Two Tours in Iraq Only to Die Begging for His Life in Texas Jail
The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.

Non-commercial news needs your support

We rely on contributions from our viewers and listeners to do our work.
Please do your part today.
Make a donation
Up arrowTop