Last Friday the 24th was buy nothing day as im sure
many of you know. This is an account of the action I participated in.
We (about a dozen at our peek) met at an intersection in the fashion
district of philadelphia at noon on friday and had a mobile dance party in honor of
consumerism. we dressed as businessmen and gave away "certificates for
guilt-free consumerism" a copy of the text is below. We hit probably
20 stores including the gap, starbucks.. and the sidewalks in between. We
entered the stores with loud music (such as material girl) talked to
customers and employees and handed out over 500 of the certificates. The
reactions were varied. Some people were offended others entertained, one
person even joined. We at one point ran out of flyers but used the time
waiting for more to join an anti-fur rally outside of a fur store. We were
successful in disturbing business (in some stores all the customers cleared
out as we entered) we made some people question their privilege and the
effects of their lifestyle and we HAD FUN doing it. I think it’s safe
to say it was over all a very empowering experience.
This is a challenge to every anti-capitalist to take action next buy
nothing day or any other day in between then and now.
I’m interested in feedback and hearing about any actions that any of
you participated in on Friday.
A copy of the text on our certificates...
Buy! BUY! Buy!
Why? Because it makes us happy like nothing else can.
The frenzy, the excitement, there’s nothing quite like
it. It’s the American way. It’s Consumerism, it’s
Gluttony, It’s our way of life and we’d personally
kill a thousand Arabs to assure that we can drive cars
as big as we want to, wherever we want to. We’ll drive
them down the street and let them idle as we buy an
exercise bike to ride in our living rooms. Why? So we
can watch TV as we do it. We’ll buy a piece of
clothing to make our peers respect us and then throw
it away when it’s out of style. We buy things we don’t
need. Sometimes we buy things we don’t even really
want and we’d force a million Mexican’s into
sweatshops ourselves just to make sure those things
get made. We don’t care about the homeless guy we walk
by everyday, why should we care about third world
SO BUY! BUY! BUY! There’s no war going on, not in our
homes, no bombs in our living rooms. Who cares about
mercury in the water? We can drink bottled water.
Global warming? Deforestation? Acid rain? It’s worth
it to us. We know that’s the price of our lifestyle
but we don’t have to deal with it. Our privilege will
protect us. So here is your certificate to help you
cast away any doubt or guilt once and for all. Just
say these words… God bless the Free Market!