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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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Sincerely

For the religiously inclined (or for those sick of the consumerist substitution of stuff for meaning and relationships) check out the Advent Conspiracy.

It's high time those of us who use words like "Christian" to describe ourselves think about how we celebrate:

http://vimeo.com/32228346?mid=5366748

Sincerely

For the religiously inclined (or for those sick of the consumerist substitution of stuff for meaning and relationships) check out the Advent Conspiracy.

It's high time those of us who use words like "Christian" to describe ourselves think about how we celebrate:

http://vimeo.com/32228346?mid=5366748

JD

You guys are sending mixed messages.

The basic theme of Occupy seems to be wealth disparity, i.e "The rich have too much money and we deserve our fair share." So basically you're reinforcing the importance of wealth and buying power by stating the poor need more of it.

But now you're occupying Black Friday and Christmas, encouraging boycotts of stores and trying to persuade people to avoid materialism. So now the theme is "Wealth and buying things is evil."

Which is it? Because unless you're accepting doublethink as logical none of this makes any sense.

JD

You guys are sending mixed messages.

The basic theme of Occupy seems to be wealth disparity, i.e "The rich have too much money and we deserve our fair share." So basically you're reinforcing the importance of wealth and buying power by stating the poor need more of it.

But now you're occupying Black Friday and Christmas, encouraging boycotts of stores and trying to persuade people to avoid materialism. So now the theme is "Wealth and buying things is evil."

Which is it? Because unless you're accepting doublethink as logical none of this makes any sense.

Anonymous

You've leapt to the wrong conclusion. "Wealth and buying things is evil"????? Where did you get this? Read about the way that the 1% have changed this country into a consumerism-based land of apathetics. It's rampant consumerism that's making US--the formerly innovative creative Americans--into dull, passive consumers. Don't be so consumption-oriented, that's the main message--and the economic-political tactic is make the fat cats who own the big stores feel a little loss, after shunting millions of Americans into poverty for their greed. Stay home and create things when the masses of TV-mesmerized anti-informed go killing each other for the big deals [such as offered on Black Friday]--and refrain from overdoing in your consumption, and this alone willl end the up-and-coming careers of the next few dozen billionaire-wanna-be's.

Anonymous

You've leapt to the wrong conclusion. "Wealth and buying things is evil"????? Where did you get this? Read about the way that the 1% have changed this country into a consumerism-based land of apathetics. It's rampant consumerism that's making US--the formerly innovative creative Americans--into dull, passive consumers. Don't be so consumption-oriented, that's the main message--and the economic-political tactic is make the fat cats who own the big stores feel a little loss, after shunting millions of Americans into poverty for their greed. Stay home and create things when the masses of TV-mesmerized anti-informed go killing each other for the big deals [such as offered on Black Friday]--and refrain from overdoing in your consumption, and this alone willl end the up-and-coming careers of the next few dozen billionaire-wanna-be's.

Anonymous

WAY too simplistic, this notion that OWS is all about: "The rich have too much money and we deserve our fair share." More like "The ultra-rich have slowly over the last three decades, paid off enough of our Congress and Senate to have their own lobbyists writing laws now--and the paid-off Congrespeople take enough money to let them--and VOILA!--we wake up one day with an entirely changed government, thanks to all the new laws that remade our economy into a gambling casino for the ultra-rich, funded by guess whose money--that's right, yours and mind--their addictive gambling lost them billions and by 2008 the taxpayers had to bail them out--oh, that's right, to the tune of TRILLIONS OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS--it's not so simple as "the rich have too much" it's the extreme corruption that bought them the government and then allowed them to completely change the laws of the land--turn off the TV and do some reading before you start declaring what serious protesters are complaining about--FIRST ask yourself why they picked Wall Street and not DC??! They picked the perfect place to begin a worldwide revolution. WE're all sick of bailing out the gambling addicts making us into their slaves. SECOND go and reseach what the average paycheck could buy in 1981--and now what the average paycheck buys. OOPS!--the rich have too much of OUR money is more like it, parrot.

Anonymous

WAY too simplistic, this notion that OWS is all about: "The rich have too much money and we deserve our fair share." More like "The ultra-rich have slowly over the last three decades, paid off enough of our Congress and Senate to have their own lobbyists writing laws now--and the paid-off Congrespeople take enough money to let them--and VOILA!--we wake up one day with an entirely changed government, thanks to all the new laws that remade our economy into a gambling casino for the ultra-rich, funded by guess whose money--that's right, yours and mind--their addictive gambling lost them billions and by 2008 the taxpayers had to bail them out--oh, that's right, to the tune of TRILLIONS OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS--it's not so simple as "the rich have too much" it's the extreme corruption that bought them the government and then allowed them to completely change the laws of the land--turn off the TV and do some reading before you start declaring what serious protesters are complaining about--FIRST ask yourself why they picked Wall Street and not DC??! They picked the perfect place to begin a worldwide revolution. WE're all sick of bailing out the gambling addicts making us into their slaves. SECOND go and reseach what the average paycheck could buy in 1981--and now what the average paycheck buys. OOPS!--the rich have too much of OUR money is more like it, parrot.

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