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Protests Force Starbucks to Ditch ADL From Leading Anti-Racism Training

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Starbucks issued a statement identifying the leaders of the training as: Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of Equal Justice Initiative; Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund; and Heather McGhee, president of Demos, a civil rights organization.

The three leaders "will provide advice, counsel, connections to other experts, and recommendations to Starbucks for the May 29 training, which will launch the multiphase effort for the company."

Starbucks said it "will also consult with a diverse array of organizations and civil rights experts -- including The Anti-Defamation League, The Leadership on Civil and Human Rights, UnidosUS, Muslim Advocates, and representatives of LGBTQ groups, religious groups, people with disabilities, and others."

JVP's deputy director Ari Wohlfeiler stated in a press release:

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"Starbucks will never say it publicly, but because of the huge public outcry about the ADL's unyielding pro-Israel position, their refusal to condemn police violence, their incessant Islamophobia, and the convergence of all those retrograde positions in their active facilitation of US/Israeli police exchange programs, Starbucks had no choice but to demote them."

It was an "excellent outcome," Vilkomerson said.

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