Harlem Residents Protest ATLAH with Free Starbucks

Posted on November 2, 2014

Less than a week ago, Starbucks released its very first LGBT commercial. 

Not long after, ATLAH’s pastor, David Manning claimed ‘Starbucks is Ground Zero for Ebola, because of its LGBT appeal. ATLAH is a church, located in the heart of Harlem, with a sign that writes hateful and homophobic messages such as “Jesus Would Stone Homos” etc…

So a group of us got together and decided to protest this new ATLAH message in the most loving way we knew. With free Starbucks coffee!!!

ATLAH Starbucks Protest

Michael Henry Adams, one of Harlem’s most recognizable figures came out and led us in a chant.

Michael Henry Adams ATLAH

The neighborhood responded with positivity and support. Who doesn’t love free coffee? The event felt so nice until ATLAH made it known that what we were doing was actually a protest. How could I have forgotten? I was asking passersby “Would you like some free Starbucks in protest of ATLAH?”.

Anyway, it felt uncomfortable when a group of men (including Manning in the checkered sweater) came outside, gawking at us from behind their fence.

ATLAH Starbucks ProtestSam McClendon & Stacy Parker LaMelle pictured above

And it felt even more awkward when an ATLAH representative came out and started filming us.

Starbucks ATLAH protest

But we accomplished what we set out to do. We warmed the bellies of our neighbors and we protested with love. #HarlemLove

Starbucks ATLAH protest

Go here if you would like to donate a few bucks to the Ali Forney Center in protest of ATLAH.


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