Coca-Cola and Starbucks are thwarting efforts to stop police brutality and racism.
They’re all supporting shady police foundations that secretly buy hi-tech surveillance equipment and military-grade weapons used by police to brutalize Black and brown neighborhoods and squash protests in the US.
Coca-Cola has given over $350,000 to the Atlanta police foundation, and Starbucks hosts “coffee with a cop” in stores across the US. These programs are designed to convince communities to overlook the murder of Black and brown men and women by police.
Whether giving money to police foundations for weapons, surveillance, or programs to cover up police brutality, these corporations are complicit in the systematic tracking, terrorizing, and killing of Black and brown people by police.
Coca-Cola and Starbucks both put out statements last summer promising they would do their part to promote racial justice. But in order to keep their promises, they must shift their funds away from police foundations, and instead give that money to groups that actually help marginalized communities.
Studies show that the best way to reduce crime and poverty is to invest in resources like education, healthcare, community centers, and workforce development. Giving more funding to increasingly militarized and brutal police departments does not make communities safer.
Sign the petition to demand that Coca-Cola and Starbucks stop supporting police foundations, and instead use that money to support community groups.