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Patch and Starbucks Ask Washington to 'Come Together' to Avoid Fiscal Cliff

Patch and Starbucks, calling for Republicans and Democrats to join forces to avoid the fiscal cliff, announce an initiative.

As an organization, Patch is built on the idea of strengthening local communities and bringing democracy to life. Our network of websites delivers not only relevant, hyper-local information, but also amplifies the voices of our users. And with difficult choices facing our elected officials in the coming days and weeks, the need for citizens to speak up and be heard has never been greater.

It is why I am proud to announce that starting this week, Patch is partnering with Starbucks – another staple of the community – on its “Come Together” initiative. Just as Patch serves great content and Starbucks serves delicious coffee, we need Democrats and Republicans to join forces and serve meaningful solutions to the pending financial obstacles our country faces.

Through Dec. 28, Starbucks is asking its store partners (employees) in the Washington D.C. area to write “Come Together” on their customers’ cups as a small gesture to celebrate the spirit that has always bridged the differences dividing us.

Patch will be supporting “Come Together” via a unique content experience on patch.com/fixthedebt, and will also be powering this effort through blog posts, social media, online and offline ads and other editorial content across many of our local sites. You can learn more at fixthedebt.org. The goal: to bring the message of collaboration from local communities to Washington and onto the national stage.

This initiative with Starbucks is just the first step in a marathon for both of our brands in serving the people of this country beyond local news and great coffee. Stay tuned for more in the future.

ndahauz December 28, 2012 at 01:43 PM
So much for bringing the community together....huh! Its a good thing to try and do something. We all live here and thus have a vested interest in the finacial state of our country. How we come to the solution is the problem, as the Democrat/Republican bickering continue (as usual to the 11th hour...or 12th...or nth) to no end. The art of compromising has taken a back seat. Yes, agree to disagree how, but a solution must be reached! If I decide not to pay a utility bill because I dont like the utility company, will that stop them from turning the utility off? I dont think so! Our government elected officials need to put aside there political differences and do what is good for all people. It's not hard!
Carl Petersen III December 28, 2012 at 04:13 PM
June 9:43 pm on Thursday, December 27, 2012 "Carl they didnt. You are wrong, Roberto is right." . . CNN and the link that I provided to a Conservative web site were wrong?
Carl Petersen III December 28, 2012 at 04:14 PM
June 9:43 pm on Thursday, December 27, 2012 "Also, GM was not the only one to get bailout money. We should not have given them a dime, they should have had to re-org on their own." . . The question was not if they got bailout money (which was started under Bush), but if they declared bankruptcy. They most certainly did.
Carl Petersen III December 28, 2012 at 04:15 PM
June 9:43 pm on Thursday, December 27, 2012 "Agree to disagree!" . . We cannot agree to have different facts. Facts are true or false. GM declared bankruptcy or they did not.
Carl Petersen III December 28, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Roberto 10:19 pm on Thursday, December 27, 2012 "Your own link...It was a fraudulent claim of bankruptcy supported by taxpayers. Thanks Barrack Obama! This was not a bankruptcy like those that require debt reorganization like most of the private sector does. It was a sham." . . You suggested that if "they been allowed to file bankruptcy," things would have been better. Bankruptcy was declared and debts were reorganized. The only difference with having the government involved was that they provided the funds to get them through the bankruptcy. These funds were not available in the credit market at the time. That said, I think all bankruptcy's that involve reorganization are fraudulent in some way. For example, in GM's bankruptcy, the bond holders were protected while the stockholders were hosed. If a company is in such bad shape that the stockholders have to loose their entire stake in the company, then none of the original stakeholders should be compensated.

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