When customers step into Starbucks to order lattes on Oct. 11, they will be invited to sign a petition asking Congress and the White House to end the partial government shutdown.
The Come Together petition asks federal lawmakers to:
1. Reopen our government to serve the people.
2. Pay our debts on time to avoid another financial crisis.
3. Pass a bipartisan and comprehensive long-term budget deal by the end of the year.
Starbucks chairman and CEO Howard Schultz described the idea in a letter to "Dear Friends" on Oct. 10: "What has become clear to me over these past few days – aside from the continued dysfunction we see from our elected leaders – is the sad and striking realization that the American people have no platform with which to voice their frustration with Washington and the current stalemate that threatens our nation. The fact that the government’s 'We the People' initiative website has shut down due to a lack of funding says everything about the irresponsible and untenable situation our political leadership has created across America."
He continued, "This is one area where we can help put our country back on the right track. Using our collective scale for good, this Friday Starbucks and others will distribute a petition (www.ComeTogetherPetition.com)."