Serving up tea
Quite a crowd!
Starbucks has a history of undercutting and closing down local independent cafe's, of treating their staff badly, and their coffee growers even worse.
We set up tables, handed out free refreshments, and leafleted maps of other local independent cafe's in the area. A brass band turned up later on (A bit of a break from samba) and livened up proceedings. The response from our neighbours was very positive, with us constantly having to pop back to one of our agents flat's to refill our thermos flasks with hot water.
Thanks to everyone who came down, thanks for all the cakes and biscuits, thanks to food not bombs for lovely grub, to tower hamlets fair trade for all your help, and to barristas united for your support.
Further reports and pics are available on BBC London here:
and Urban 75 here:
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RAGE activists at Kennet-Side Starbucks
But don't forget that us Berkshire chaps and chapesses beat you to it. Here's members of RAGE (Reading Against G8), Rising Tide and other groups giving away free coffee, tea, soup and vegan pancakes to Christmas shoppers in 2005. We lasted about an hour before Starbucks staff sussed what we were up to, and the Bill moved us on :0)
Lord Palmer of Sealand