As the first corporation to run for Congress, we have a special responsibility to defend the values the Supreme Court enshrined in its Citizens United ruling -- corporate greed, self-interest, hegemony and privilege -- against men like Howard Schultz.
Like many of us, Schultz is frustrated and fed up. He is done with partisan politics and useless leaders. He loves our country, still believes in the American Dream, and knows that we are better than this. And he is right.
My house has a wall out front. It is red brick with four pedestals, each of which is crowned by a white concrete Colonial Revival ball. It was this quartet of billiard balls that served as the blank canvas for some budding Banksy.
What decent citizens and reformers like Howard Schultz need to do is to use their power to get Congress to end its addiction, by pushing for reforms that would make it possible for government to act sanely and independently of special interest funders.
This year, change.org had a petition drive to protest Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz' plans to speak on leadership at Willow Creek, which was described as having a "long history of anti-gay persecution."
San Francisco twenty-somethings are a curious bunch. They shell out $5 for a scoop of ice cream, yet trek home by foot from the Mission instead of putting that same Lincoln towards cab fare. I know these contradictions to be true because I embody them.