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Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz to speak in Santa Monica


SANTA MONICA (CNS) – Former Starbucks Chairman and CEO Howard Schultz
is scheduled to discuss his book, “From the Ground Up: A Journey to Reimagine
the Promise of America” at a sold-out Live Talks Los Angeles event tonight at
New Roads School in Santa Monica.
Former broadcast journalist and California first lady Maria Shriver
will serve as the moderator.
The book weaves Schultz’s experiences growing up in public housing
projects in Brooklyn, including some he had not previously publicly shared,
with what he called “a candid look at my attempts to challenge the traditional
role of business in society.”
Schultz has called the book “part memoir, part blueprint for how to
induce positive change.”
“I wrote it to provide an honest, optimistic look at what I’ve
learned, and the potential we all have to reimagine a better future for
ourselves and the people around us,” Schultz said.
Members of the United Farm Workers and their allies plan to protest
outside the event. The union has long asked Starbucks to take “social
responsibility” for the alleged sexual harassment and labor law violations by
the Washington state dairy cooperative Darigold, whose workers help to produce
the milk Starbucks uses to make lattes, cappuccinos, Frappuccinos and other
In an interview that aired Jan. 27 on the CBS news magazine “60
Minutes,” Schultz said he is “seriously thinking of running for president” as
an independent candidate.
“We’re living at a most fragile time,” Schultz told correspondent
Scott Pelley. “Not only the fact that this president is not qualified to be
the president, but the fact that both parties are consistently not doing what’s
necessary on behalf of the American people and are engaged, every single day,
in revenge politics.”
Schultz, a lifelong Democrat, said he would run as a “centrist
Many Democrats have criticized Schultz’s possible candidacy, fearing
it would split the anti-Trump vote and lead to President Donald Trump’s re-
“There is zero appetite for this,” Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii,
tweeted. “The best thing that Howard Schultz can do for the country is invest
in education, voting rights, civil rights, and climate advocacy.”
In a commentary published Monday on the online platform Medium,
Schultz wrote that he has “repeatedly promised that I will not be a spoiler”
and that he is “committed to ensuring that I will do nothing to re-elect
Donald Trump.”
“I have come to feel a deep responsibility and moral obligation to
address Americans’ frustrations with our broken two-party system,” Schultz
“I firmly believe there is an unprecedented appetite for a centrist
independent presidential candidate, and that there is a credible path for an
independent to win more than the necessary 270 electoral votes — a key
criteria in my consideration of whether to run.”
Schultz pledged to present his “vision for how a centrist independent
would govern” in the coming weeks.
“I will discuss how we must draw upon the best ideas from all sides,
reject revenge politics and assemble an administration that reflects the full
diversity of the country, including Democrats, Republicans and independents,”
Schultz wrote.