For twenty years, the culture jammer movement has been building momentum for a cultural revolution that will topple consumerism. Now Adbusters and our worldwide network of activists (now 86,590 strong) is calling for a Carnivalesque Rebellion this November 22–28.
Think of it as an adventure, as therapy, as Buy Nothing Day times a hundred … think of it as the World Cup of global activism – a week of postering and pranks, of talking back at your profs and speaking truth to power. Some of us will poster our schools and neighborhoods and just break our daily routines for a week. Others will chant, spark mayhem in big box stores and provoke mass cognitive dissonance. Others still will engage in the most visceral kind of civil disobedience.
In all, millions of people around the world will walk out of their schools, offices and factories for a week and LIVE!
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When a culture reaches a dead end or when oppression becomes intolerable, the human spirit always rises up to jam the future in bold new directions. The current issue of Adbusters (which hits newsstands in North America, the UK, Australia/NZ this week) is a chronicle of some of history's greatest revolutionary struggles. And we draw inspiration from some of today's most inspiring radical thinkers and doers. Check it out on the newsstands, online or call us 1 800 663 1243 to subscribe.
If we don't free ourselves to be ecstatically tuned and happy, we may continue going to hell while taking the planet down with us. Bradford Keeney “If I Can't Dance It's Not My Revolution” From Adbusters #91.
Check out this inspiring street performance by The Love Police. Can we pull off spontaneous happenings like this in cities around the world in November?
Last week we launched our first action: a worldwide boycott of Starbucks. We've since seen activists from New York to Mexico and Jordan take the first step by spreading #NOSTARBUCKS and deciding to walk into an indie coffee shop instead of a megacorporate chain.
There will be more actions down the road, and as November approaches a plethora of nasty corporations like Exxon, McDonalds and Nike will begin to feel the heat. But, for now, let's keep Starbucks in our sights and learn from the fight.
Together we can ratchet up this action and spread the meme worldwide. Some people can grab a marker and put a blackspot over the Starbucks logo or slap up a napkin with a cheeky note on the front door urging citizens to go local, while others spread the word via Facebook, Twitter, graffiti or zines. And in the places where Starbucks put our favorite cafes out of business, a few culture jammers can get a little bit more rowdy by disrupting the flow of the store for a moment with a Love Police action.
What do you think ought to be done? How can we pull off a global shift away from megacorporations in November? How can we turn capitalism upside down for a week? Let us know at [email protected]. We're also looking for a few hundred organizations around the world to collaborate with during this week long carnival, please send any names of organizations or individuals that would like to get involved.
ADBUSTERS #92 – Call for Submissions
In our next issue we offer an intimate call to action, setting the ground for the carnivalesque rebellion. Send us your inspiring stories. How were you politicized? What did it take to get you off the couch and into the streets? How did it feel to finally take your destiny in your own hands? What shall we do this November? Send your best wild whacks to [email protected]