THIS WEEK in the Halls of Power: We expose the medical device industry’s attempts to put profits over safety and demand Starbucks
This week, we will present our take on the proposed Cap One-ING merger (hint: we have concerns that this would create another too-big-to-fail institution). An announcement from the Federal Reserve is due soon. Watch this space for more.
Also today, we will be giving you details about our petition drop at Starbucks headquarters. Late last Friday, Public Citizen activists submitted more than 15,000 signatures to Starbucks, demanding the company stop requiring gift card customers to give up their right to go to court. The terms of service of the coffee giant’s prepaid cards contain a forced arbitration clause and class-action ban that unfairly restricts its customers’ legal rights.
Speaking of petition drops, we will be joining folks from CALPRIG and Common Cause today to deliver more than 10,000 signatures to a California Assembly member calling on the state legislature to support a constitutional amendment to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision. That’s the one that let corporations spend as much as they want to influence elections.
Also today, we are urging everyone to tell the Senate not to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. A vote is scheduled for tomorrow, and Public Citizen is joining with other organizations to help generate 500,000 emails to senators in 24 hours. Make your voice heard on this critical issue!