If you're looking to get your Starbucks fix Tuesday, make a morning run or find somewhere else to get caffeinated. All Starbucks locations—more than 8,000 nationwide—are closing in the afternoon for training to educate its 175,000-plus workers on racial bias, per Money. The program is in response to two black men who were arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks last month while waiting for a business meeting. Donte Robinson and Rashon Nelson have settled with the city for $1 each, along with a vow from Philadelphia officials to invest $200,000 in a program for young entrepreneurs. Starbucks says this training is just the beginning. "We know that one day of training will not stop bias or solve racism," a rep tells Money. "These are hard, complex questions and this is a step in a long-term effort." Check out what time your local Starbucks will be closing here. More:
- USA Today and the AP report that a "tool kit" will be offered to employees that will "focus on understanding prejudice and the history of public accommodations in the United States." The program also includes a short documentary film, as well as comments from Starbucks execs and rapper Common. The media won't be privy to the training sessions, which a Clark Atlanta University race and gender expert says is probably best to create a "safe [space] for open dialogue."