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‘Boycott Starbucks’ trending after union response to Hamas attacks

Florida Republicans, including U.S. Senator Rick Scott, are calling for a boycott of Starbucks after the coffee chain’s union called for support of Palestine.  

In a now deleted post on social media, Starbucks Workers United wrote “Solidarity with Palestine!” following the deadliest terrorist attack in Israeli history. On Sunday, Jaz Brisack, an original organizer with the union tweeted “There’s no ‘two sides’ to apartheid. Free Palestine.” 
According to The Washington Free Beacon, Starbucks Workers United’s chapters in Iowa, Chicago, and Boston promoted rallies in support of Palestine. 
Starbucks has condemned the statements made by the union saying, “To be clear: We unequivocally condemn acts of terrorism, hate and violence, and disagree with the statements and views expressed by Workers United and its members.” 
In the same statement, Starbucks also encouraged people reach out to “Workers United International President Lynne Fox and SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry to share your concerns.” 

The union is an affiliate of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). 

The Center for Union Facts, which runs SeiuExposed.com and WorkersUnitedFacts.com, compiled a list of Starbucks Workers United chapters that have shown support for Hamas: 

Boston Starbucks Workers United 

Workers United Upstate 

  • Accused Israel of “apartheid occupation” 

Iowa City Starbucks Workers United 

Starbucks Workers United Greektown Chicago 

  • Reposted a statement about ending the so-called “occupation.” 
  • Reposted messages seemingly justifying terrorist violence 
  • “It’s going to be a long struggle. But emancipatory politics aren’t about expediency and short-term calculations. Empires have fallen, and they’ll fall again. Long live the struggle for a free Palestine!” 
  • “Decolonization is not a metaphor: it’s action, it’s land back…” 

Isabel Blank

Isabel Blank is Communications Director at Americans for Fair Treatment, a community of current and former public-sector employees offering resources and support to exercise their First Amendment rights. Prior to joining Americans for Fair Treatment in 2021, Isabel worked in media relations at Travelers Insurance and held government affairs and communications roles with Yankee Institute. She has a master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor’s degree in political science and Spanish, both from the University of Connecticut (Go Huskies!). Isabel loves Crossfit and supporting her local Connecticut breweries.