Hey everyone. It's that time of the year again where I celebrate Buy Nothing Day. I'm sure most of you have heard about it by now. Basically it's a pledge to not buy anything on Black Friday. I've been doing this and spreading the word for about 8 years or so now and I think it's a really cool thing to support.
A lot of people get in to argumen...ts with me about it because they don't really understand what the point of it is. I get a lot of comments like "You will just buy the gifts on another day" or "You save money of Black Friday so that's you getting a better deal from the corporations" etc etc.
I celebrate Buy Nothing Day on Black Friday to make a statement to myself and to the corporations that I do not shop and spend money when they tell me to. I am not a slave to the corporations and I will not be manipulated by their game of trying to get me in to their stores on a specific day. This is a statement on freedom for me. Anyway, I'm going to keep it short. If you want to talk more about it send me an email sometime. :) Here are a couple of awesome links if you want to learn more. Happy Holidays.
P.S. - I added some cool things to do instead of consume on Black Friday. You can usually find me out and about getting yelled at by the consumer zombies (and even the cops a couple of years ago) doing fun things like this instead of buying stuff. This country needs a little civil disobedience in a time like this... haha
*Hand out Buy Nothing Day flyers to spread the information. I like to use parking lots at the malls and places that have the most people. Just put they flyers in their car windows and hand them out if you want the fun arguments...
*Get anywhere from 3 to 10 of your friends and go to a large store such as WalMart or Target. Have each person get a cart and fill them up with stuff. After they are all full just walk around the store in a big wavy conga line making it difficult for people to navigate around you. (This is especially effective somewhere such as the electronics sections because they are so hard to get around in anyway). You can make a giant line in front of the registers for a little fun. When you are done you can leave without buying anything and leave the carts throughout the store and be happy knowing that people will be picking through them for the next few hours because it's not on the shelf anymore.
*Organize groups to walk into bank and loan company headquarters and strip naked. Each of them carrying a sign that says "What more will you take from us, now?" Standing naked before our oppressors reveals their injustice.
*Mass humming in shopping centers/commercial areas. Probably easier to do monotone if bringing people together for the first time. It’s an old school trick as it is very disruptive and intimidating without harming and without being able to see who is actually making the noise. Alternatively it can be used in an organized way to ‘buzz’ around as a ‘flock’ as with some street theater.
*Let's start a stink bomb campaign – get a few hundred of them exploding all over America. Imagine: bad smells inside Bernanke’s Federal Reserve, stink outs on the floor of the NYSE, rotten eggs hidden in the bathrooms of Congress ... gobs of rancid butter rubbed onto the pavement in front of Goldman Sachs. It’s a campaign that could suddenly capture the public imagination and take off.