It’s Buy Nothing Day: #OCCUPYXMAS

Now that we’ve got to the point that, on Thursday night, a woman pepper-sprayed other shoppers to keep them away from the merchandise she wanted at a Los Angeles area Walmart, isn’t it time we took a deep breath, put down the credit card(s) and asked what does it say about the US that we’ve turned a national holiday of thankfulness into an all-out buying fest — into the “holy day of consumerism“?

Today is the 20th anniversary of†Buy Nothing Day, a day of self-imposed austerity after the annual national eat-in, on which we can “wean ourselves off of mega corporations, put our money back into the local independent economy, and live for a different kind of future.” Adbusters magazine, the “same crew that spawned Occupy Wall Street ,” created Buy Nothing Day. How about using this year’s Buy Nothing Day to #OCCUPYXMAS?

This yearís Black Friday will be the first campaign of the holiday season where we set the tone for a new type of holiday culminating with #OCCUPYXMAS. As the global protests of the 99% against corporate greed and casino capitalism continues, lets take the opportunity to hit the empire where it really hurtsÖthe wallet.

On Nov 25/26th we escape the mayhem and unease of the biggest shopping day in North America and put the breaks on rabid consumerism for 24 hours. Flash mobs, consumer fasts, mall sit-ins, community events, credit card-ups, whirly-marts and jams, jams, jams! We donít camp on the sidewalk for a reduced price tag on a flat screen TV or psycho-killer video game. Instead, we occupy the very paradigm that is fueling our eco, social and political decline.

How about turning the tables on corporate America’s vision of Black Friday, of lines of chilly customers who, young children in tow (because they can’t afford a sitter and because they can’t really afford the $200 flat-screen TVs they think they have to buy),†are the 99% who aren’t shopping at the likes of Neiman Marcus or Saks Fifth Avenue?

Black Friday got its name because the day has come to be seen as one on which merchants and stores could put themselves in the black thanks to holiday sales. But the day has really become Red Friday — as in Overcharge Your Credit Card Friday — for too many of us.

It’s time to change that.


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Duane B.
.2 years ago

Thank your for sharing.

Terry V.
Terry V.3 years ago


Carole R.
Carole R.3 years ago

Not a bad idea but probably won't work on a large scale.

Diana Bair
Diana Bair3 years ago


Vernon Huffman
Vernon Huffman3 years ago

Wake up, people! The American Dream must die for the good of the planet. We simply cannot continue to consume resources faster than the planet produces them. If you want your great-grandchildren to live, stop living like an American. Start by getting rid of your TV and your car. Grow your own food. Pedal your own bike. Care for your neighbors.

Kate M.
K H.3 years ago

This is a nice idea, but unfortunately I doubt it would ever work completely because some of the people who do Black Friday shopping are not tricked into buying extra things while they're at the store. Some people really have just been waiting for a $200 price drop on a TV they've been wanting, and when the store opens on Black Friday, they will just go in, buy that one TV, and then leave. Not everyone has enough money to wander around the whole store looking for sales to splurge on. It sucks that stores try to sway people with persuasive advertising and extra little bonus sales, but it's our responsibility as consumers to not live up to the expectations of consumer psychologists. If you only went to the store to get one thing, don't come back with four extra things you don't really need just because they were "on sale."

Charles Temm JR
Charles Temm JR3 years ago

Given the abject failure of the OWS movement why does the Left keep trying to flog the brand to everyone?

For better or worse, people seem to be emulating their government and going deeper into debt this holiday season. Of course the likelihood is that THEY (unlike their government) will pay off that debt eventually. People are buying things for people they care about, whether its excessive or not-its their money and spending it in the private sector was just what this site and many others were screaming for people to do the last couple of years. Now the public is doing just that and suddenly you guys want to pick just WHERE the money is spent? Jeez.

Beverly Rietmann
Beverly Rietmann3 years ago

Just a thought to add to the many already given. Remember the stores who are so 'corporately corrupt' have a good many American employees, who are trying to make ends meet too. Will you put them all out of work? Be sensible about your gift giving, plan ahead, have a budget, don't use credit.
from a " corrupt store" and yes a national chain- employee.

Holly Lawrence
Holly Lawrence4 years ago

Black Friday is NOT going away .. it's here to stay talks...

Sylvia M.
Sylvia M.4 years ago

I am definitely doing my part!