Philly holds up its end of settlement with two men arrested at Starbucks last spring

Pat Loeb
November 19, 2018 - 4:46 pm
Philadelphia is delivering on its part of a settlement with two men arrested in a Center City Starbucks in April

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia is delivering on its part of a settlement with two men arrested in a Center City Starbucks in April and has requested bids from nonprofits to launch a program to teach entrepreneurship to the city's high school students.

City officials say Project Elevate will be funded with $200,000 as promised in the settlement with Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson, the two men whose arrest generated national headlines and the retraining of all Starbucks employees because the racial bias behind the arrest was shockingly clear.

The city has requested proposals for running the initial phase in a small number of schools. 

Nelson and Robinson were not available but their lawyer, Stu Cohen, says they want to see students have opportunities and resources they didn't have. 

"They are committed to making something good happen out of something bad that happened to them," Cohen said. 

The men were never charged. 

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They settled with the city for a dollar each and the seed money for Project Elevate. 

They settled with Starbucks for an undisclosed amount of money. 

Cohen says they've formed a nonprofit called Actions Not Words to secure continued funding, and even expansion, for Project Elevate.