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#OCCUPYXMAS kicks off Nov 25/26

Let's take back the season!

Hey dreamers, occupiers, rabble-rousers,

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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Anonymous

Thankfully, here in Ireland we have yet to be programmed to such an extent that we automatically all go shopping on the same day because corporates told us to. The majority of our stores will still open on normal hours even with a sale on because they understand that's when their customers and their staff are awake. There is the odd store (Next) that do the 4am opening but last I heard no one turned up until 8.

Anonymous

Thankfully, here in Ireland we have yet to be programmed to such an extent that we automatically all go shopping on the same day because corporates told us to. The majority of our stores will still open on normal hours even with a sale on because they understand that's when their customers and their staff are awake. There is the odd store (Next) that do the 4am opening but last I heard no one turned up until 8.

Anonymous

Unfortunately, here in North America (Canada and the US)... stores are starting to open at midnight... some stores even sooner. That means (for americans) people get less family time at thanksgiving because, guess what, they've got to go to work and pull a graveyard shift (or risk losing their job).

If that isn't slavery. I don't know what is.

Anonymous

Unfortunately, here in North America (Canada and the US)... stores are starting to open at midnight... some stores even sooner. That means (for americans) people get less family time at thanksgiving because, guess what, they've got to go to work and pull a graveyard shift (or risk losing their job).

If that isn't slavery. I don't know what is.

Anonymous

Goodness, glad to know the Irish are so much better than the rest of us, especially at restraining themselves from excess spending. Your condescension is misplaced.

Black Friday is a media campaign. It wasn't a real thing until a few years when the stores got crazy and the TV news had nothing much to report after a holiday.

There's no need to buy a lot of stuff at 6 a.m. you don't need and can't afford just because it's on sale.

Why is that controversial? Buying a lot of Made in China goods at a big box store with minimum wage workers doesn't help the economy. It only helps the stock market and Visa. Wal Mart isn't paying health insurance for those worker either.

No one said not to buy anything all season. Support local merchants including cafes. Buy a museum membership. Be conscious about your power as a consumer.

-Diana

Anonymous

Goodness, glad to know the Irish are so much better than the rest of us, especially at restraining themselves from excess spending. Your condescension is misplaced.

Black Friday is a media campaign. It wasn't a real thing until a few years when the stores got crazy and the TV news had nothing much to report after a holiday.

There's no need to buy a lot of stuff at 6 a.m. you don't need and can't afford just because it's on sale.

Why is that controversial? Buying a lot of Made in China goods at a big box store with minimum wage workers doesn't help the economy. It only helps the stock market and Visa. Wal Mart isn't paying health insurance for those worker either.

No one said not to buy anything all season. Support local merchants including cafes. Buy a museum membership. Be conscious about your power as a consumer.

-Diana

Anonymous

Wow. You are all seriously beyond misguided.

"You know how we'll show them!? We'll get a couple thousand people to not by anything for 1 day! YEAHHH!!!! Wait, what? What's that you say? Oh the other million+ shoppers will still buy things that day? Oh and then the next day everything goes back to normal? Hmm.... maybe we should rethink this fail proof plan..."

Anonymous

Wow. You are all seriously beyond misguided.

"You know how we'll show them!? We'll get a couple thousand people to not by anything for 1 day! YEAHHH!!!! Wait, what? What's that you say? Oh the other million+ shoppers will still buy things that day? Oh and then the next day everything goes back to normal? Hmm.... maybe we should rethink this fail proof plan..."

Anonymous

You're right. Instead. lets have a ROB the Shoppers day. In true Robin Hood style, this xmas, lets steal from shoppers who support the corporations (and don't support us).

We'll take their shopping bags, by force if we have to, and give to the poor and homeless. Maybe next Xmas they'll think twice about having their crappy gifts stolen.

Anonymous

You're right. Instead. lets have a ROB the Shoppers day. In true Robin Hood style, this xmas, lets steal from shoppers who support the corporations (and don't support us).

We'll take their shopping bags, by force if we have to, and give to the poor and homeless. Maybe next Xmas they'll think twice about having their crappy gifts stolen.

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