The Ultimate Boycott--Buy Nothing Day November 04, 2005 12:27 AM
It's that time of the year again: BUY NOTHING DAY
For 24 hours, millions of people around the world do not
participate -- in the doomsday economy, the marketing mind-games, and
the frantic consumer-binge that's become our culture. We pause. We make a small
choice not to shop. We shrink our footprint and gain some calm. Together we say:
enough is enough. And we help build this movement to rethink our unsustainable
In less than a month,
millions of people around the world will ask for
the ultimate refund -- by
opting out of consumer culture. For 24
hours on Buy Nothing Day,
November 25, we remember that no one was born to shop, we pause, make a small
choice to participate by not participating, and
we regain some calm. What
will you do to tell Nike, McDonald's, Walmart
and the rest that enough is
enough? Why not run with some ideas dreamt
up by the more than 3,500 jammers
who took part in last year's biggest
ever Buy Nothing Day? Set up credit
card cut ups, don white coats and
vaccinate against affluenza, give out free
samples of nothing - anything
to show that the best things in life are free.
You can find more ideas
and tools in the Action Pyramid at:
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My Favourite Holiday... November 04, 2005 10:40 AM
This is one of the few holidays I observe...and I am glad to see it growing...There is a restaurant in my town that stays open and serves free meals all day (Although they have a new owner this year so it will be interesting to see how they handle it)...
One good thing to do is to invite a bunch of your friends over for an all day celebration and have a lot of food and stuff that you bought in advance (leftover Tofurky sandwiches are yummy)...make sure you purchase everything in advance and only have a potluck if you can trust that they will not buy the stuff that day....in fact stress to people if they find that they have last minute items to buy to just come and enjoy what food you do get...this would also be a good day to do a clothing swap and swap other items....watch all your friends old movies...maybe swap some of those as well...
This a great day to celebrate, enjoy political action and have a cheap party!
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