Tuesday, November 22, 2011

[SDCPJ] Black Friday or Buy Nothing Day?

Black Friday or Buy Nothing Day?
And then what?

The day after Thanksgiving in the US is called Black Friday because it is supposedly a day where so much shopping happens that stores get out of the "red" (negative) for the year. BUT it's also a day of mass consumerism, crazy-making and violence. Yes, literal craziness to the extent that people even DIE from stampedes of shoppers -- just check out the online search https://duckduckgo.com/?q=black+friday+deaths

Okay, maybe money is tight and your washing machine broke and you can only afford one on deep discount, if at all... Or, you want to do your part to shop consciously for discounted Organic Fair Trade coffee or such... I get it. The economy does suck for "99%" of us, in different ways depending on your class, race, community, etc. Let alone the rest of the world.

BUT, I'm not talking about just one day. This is about changing a system. A protest that lasts one day is a symbol, like Thanksgiving, of something else more meaningful and is certainly useful. But what do we do *after* that day? If you wonder what that "more" meaning is or what you can do, consider celebrating the season in a different style...

Below are FOUR events for your consideration...

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Join us for BUY NOTHING DAY!

@ Peace Resource Center of San Diego
3850 Westgate Place, San Diego 92105
Inside the Friends Center

Choose: 10am-noon or 1pm-3pm

Watch "The Story of Stuff" and other short films and intriguing trailers
Learn about consumerism, manufacturing, and advertising.
Transform your holiday season and more

Bring your friends and make new ones!
Bring any leftovers you have to share!

What is Buy Nothing Day? from wikipedia... first organized in Mexico 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 10 busiest shopping days in the United States. Outside North America and Israel, Buy Nothing Day is the following Saturday.  Participation now includes more than 65 nations.

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Buy Nothing Day with OCCUPY SAN DIEGO

Friday Nov 25th, 11am-4pm
Meet at Kearny Mesa Transit Center
@ 163 & Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego
Details will be told on site
Brought to you by Direct Action

Flyer at http://obrag.org/?p=49994&mid=535
Background from http://www.adbusters.org/campaigns/bnd

You've been sleeping on the streets for two months pleading peacefully for a new spirit in economics. And just as your camps are raided, your eyes pepper sprayed and your head's knocked in, another group of people are preparing to camp-out. Only these people aren't here to support occupy Wall Street, they're here to secure their spot in line for a Black Friday bargain at Super Target and Macy's.

Occupy gave the world a new way of thinking about the fat cats and financial pirates on Wall Street. Now lets give them a new way of thinking about the holidays, about our own consumption habits. Lets' use the coming 20th annual Buy Nothing Day to launch an all-out offensive to unseat the corporate kings on the holiday throne. This year's 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 hurts…the 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 don't 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.

Historically, Buy Nothing Day has been about fasting from hyper consumerism – a break from the cash register and reflecting on how dependent we really are on conspicuous consumption. On this 20th anniversary of Buy Nothing Day, we take it to the next level, marrying it with the message of occupy…

We #OCCUPYXMAS.
Shenanigans begin November 25!

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San Diego Really Really Free Market
Sunday, December 11th
11am to 2pm
Old Trolley Barn Park

From SDRRFM Folks
As usual, we encourage you to bring what you can, though it is never a requirement.  We would also really like to see the event grow into something more of a skill share, so we encourage you to also think about sharing a part of yourself with others.  Perhaps read a favorite poem, play an acoustic song or tune, teach someone a craft, give a massage, lead a discussion... whatever you have to share. You can help by telling a friend or putting posters up in your communities. The more people who come, the more diverse and awesome the free market will be! Most importantly, come out and join us!

Contact sandiegofreemarket@gmail.com for flyer or questions

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ANNUAL PEACE ON EARTH HOLIDAY BAZAAR!
Details/flyer at... www.PeaceBazaar.net

Support local peace, social justice and environmental organizations and avoid the typical commercialization of the holidays by purchasing alternative gifts at the peace bazaar! AND it's an event worth enjoying... Listen to holiday carolers, get your face painted, eat tasty food, and more.

Saturday, December 10, 2011
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
NEW Location! @ Mid City Gym
4302 Landis St, 92105 (entrance on 43rd, one way street going South)

Gift items often include t-shirts, holiday cards, calendars, buttons, peace jewelry, books, imported goods, free trade coffee and tea, ornaments, soap products, lotions and more!  Come hungry! Middle Eastern food, baked goods, coffee, hot cider and more goodies available for purchase.

For more information, please contact...
Peace Resource Center: info@prcsd.org or 619-263-9301
or Project YANO, 760-634-3604

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