Tuesday, November 24, 2009

black friday

we are planning to feed this week after critical mass once again. it will be a very special "buy nothing day" edition of food not bombs!
"buy nothing day" is another name for black friday, the disgusting display of gluttonous consumerism that comes after thanksgiving. people pour out of their homes, still farting turkey, to rabidly buy and buy and buy. early bird specials on game systems and spa robes pressure us to buy the best gift for our loved ones, because it's only for a limited time! during december suicide rates tend to skyrocket, and with all the pressure to make holidays "perfect", it's little surprise. we all need to learn that our families love us more than the gifts we buy them, and this binge-buying in the name of some holiday is doing more than hurting our pocketbooks. the environmental and social consequences of this consumerism go far beyond what you might imagine.
but, there is an answer. "buy nothing day" is a great time to stand in solidarity with others who question consumerism. challenge yourself to not only stay away from the mall on friday, the 27th, but to buy nothing at all. no groceries, no gas, no movie tickets, no coffee, nothing. do be sure to join us for food not bombs, as we eat food that would otherwise have ended up in a landfill, and celebrate the resistance of waste.
if you'd like more information about buy nothing day, click here.

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