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Philadelphia's Plan to Fund Program Set Up by 2 Arrested at Starbucks

Project Elevate was established by Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson and will operate in city high schools

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    Philadelphia Plans to Uphold Settlement with Men Arrested at Starbucks

    Philadelphia is upholding its settlement with the two men whose arrests at a Center City Starbucks earlier this year prompted a nationwide outcry. The city plans to give $200,000 a non-profit group to design a pilot phase for the Project Elevate program started by Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson. (Published Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018)

    What to Know

    • The fund is a key part of the city's settlement with two black men who were arrested for sitting at a Starbucks without ordering anything.

    • Project Elevate was established by Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson and will operate in city high schools.

    • The men settled with the city in May for a symbolic $1 each and a promise from officials to set up a program for young entrepreneurs.

    Philadelphia is looking for a non-profit group to help set up a program for young entrepreneurs, a key part of the city's settlement with two black men who were arrested for sitting at a Starbucks without ordering anything.

    Project Elevate was established by Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson and will operate in city high schools.

    The men settled with the city in May for a symbolic $1 each and a promise from officials to set up a program for young entrepreneurs. The city announced Monday they will award a grant of $200,000 to a non-profit group to design a pilot phase of the program.

    Video of their April arrest prompted a national outcry and led the CEO of Starbucks to personally apologize to the men. The company also changed store policies and closed shops across the country one afternoon for bias training.

    Apology and Policy Change After Starbucks Arrest Backlash

    [PHI] Apology and Policy Change After Starbucks Arrest Backlash

    An apology and a policy change came from Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross after he said he handled the situation wrong. Now, backlash remains growing as protests and rallies are planned.

    (Published Thursday, April 19, 2018)