Women’s Group Presses Starbucks, Nike to End Financial Support for Trump, Move Stores Out of Trump Tower After President Defends White Supremacist Violence in Charlottesville

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Women’s Group Presses Starbucks, Nike to End Financial Support for Trump, Move Stores Out of Trump Tower After President Defends White Supremacist Violence in Charlottesville

NEW YORK — UltraViolet, a national women’s advocacy organization, is calling on Starbucks and Nike to relocate their storefronts from Trump Tower in New York City to a new location following Donald Trump’s defense of white supremacists’ acts of terror in Charlottesville last weekend, which took the life of 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injured 19 others. The petition, which has been signed by more than 15,000 people in the last 24 hours, demands that Starbucks and Nike reject President Trump’s hateful rhetoric and sever ties with him by ending their leases at Trump Tower and other Trump properties immediately.

SEE THE PETITION HERE: https://act.weareultraviolet.org/sign/trump_tower_stores/

“Starbucks and Nike spend obscene amounts of money in advertising each year to brand themselves as companies devoted to a higher ethical standard,” said Nita Chaudhary, Co-founder of UltraViolet. “Those efforts mean nothing when Starbucks and Nike simultaneously spend millions on leases in Trump Tower, putting money directly into the pocket of a racist, misogynistic bigot. It is no longer acceptable to sit in silence as our President publicly defends the acts of neo-nazis and white supremacists. If Starbucks and Nike are serious about the progressive values they claim to support – they must take action immediately to sever financial ties with Trump.”

Earlier this week, activists from UltraViolet and the Working Families Party unveiled a massive banner inside Trump Tower’s lobby, where Trump was staying for the day, reading: “WOMEN RESIST WHITE SUPREMACY.” The banner demonstrated that women stand in solidarity with anti-racism protesters in Charlottesville and against white supremacy, anti-semitism, homophobia, and sexism. Following the banner drop, an UltraViolet activist was detained by police inside the Trump Hotel.

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