Many of these strikers will lose what pitiful pay they do normally receive for working there. Some may lose their jobs. Let us be in solidarity with Walmart strikers by refusing to feed the consumerist/corporatist monster grinding yet another “holiday season” into faked cheerfulness.
Black Friday Is Buy Nothing Day!
The first Buy Nothing Day was organized in Canada in September 1992 “as a day for society to examine the issue of over-consumption.” In 1997, it was moved to the Friday after American Thanksgiving, also called “Black Friday”, which is one of the ten busiest shopping days in the United States. In 2000, advertisements by Adbusters promoting Buy Nothing Day were denied advertising time by almost all major television networks except for CNN. Soon, campaigns started appearing in the United States, the United Kingdom, Israel, Austria, Germany, New Zealand, Japan, the Netherlands, France, and Norway. Participation now includes more than 65 nations. — wikipedia
“Today, humanity faces a stark choice: save the planet and ditch capitalism, or save capitalism and ditch the planet.”
— Fawzi Ibrahim
Until we challenge the entrenched values of capitalism — that the economy must always keep growing, that consumer desires must always be satisfied, that immediate gratification is imperative — we’re not going able to fix this gigantic psycho–financial–eco crisis of our times.
That challenge is a deeply personal one. In a world where every inch of the capitalist system is bullying you into submission, can you resist? When advertisers hound you day and night, can you escape? This Black Friday, a massive, absurd and destructive consumerist machine will coordinate against you for one simple reason — to convince you to max out your credit card buying shit you don’t need so that a broken system can stay afloat. So when they say “BUY!” will you say “NOTHING!”?
Buy Nothing Day is legendary for instigating this type of personal transformation … as you suddenly remember what real living is all about … you sense an upsurge of radical empowerment and feel a strange magic creeping back into your life.
Join millions of us in over 60 countries on November 28/29 and see what it feels like.
Then, after Buy Nothing Day, take the next step … for generations, Christmas has been hijacked by commercial forces … this year, let’s take it back.
And why not get playful while you’re at it!? Put up posters, organize a credit card cut up, pull off a Whirl–mart, or a Christmas Zombie walk through your local mall.