Shelf Life Community Story Project
Amplifying community voices, learning from neighborhood stories, and interrupting narratives of erasure in Seattle's Central District.

Boycotting Starbucks on 23rd & Jackson

Photo by Jill Freidberg

Photo by Jill Freidberg

KL Shannon grew up in the Central District. She lives with her nephews (pictured here) and her mother. They have recently been priced out of the Central District. 

KL Shannon

Reverend Jeffrey met with me and my colleague, another organizer named Dustin Washington, and we were kids, probably like 21, 22 years old. And he wanted to boycott Starbucks, right? And so, we were like "Yeah, let's boycott Starbucks, cause they're not hiring enough of us, and they need to meet with us, and blah, blah, blah." So the day came to start the boycott, and so me and Dustin, we were like "I dunno if this is a good idea!," right? I'll never forget, we go up there, and we were supposed to do this, this was gonna be done every day, until they listened to us, right? And there was only like 8 or 9 people out there. It was so embarrassing. It was so embarrassing.