Buy Nothing Day--November 28
Buy Nothing Day is the name given to the day after Thanksgiving. It's a reaction to the hype and advertising trying to entice us to buy, buy, buy! After stealing many of our sources of happiness and satisfaction, corporations try to sell it to us in a box, frequently on credit with high payments. Buy Nothing day encourages you to resist by buying nothing on the biggest sale day of the year.
Many cities in the U.S. experience zap actions and demonstrations at malls and other scenes of mass consumption. These actions encourage credit card snipping and distribute literature explaining Buy Nothing Day, as well as guerilla theater. All of the above are being contemplated here in Gainesville by a a group of folks who invite your participation. Give a call to 336-0367 to get more info. Next meeting is Monday, Nov. 17th.
Buy something day--Nov. 29
If you must buy something ...Earthbound is a not-for-profit corporation which builds partnerships with cooperatives and fair trade organizations worldwide to develop and promote products that are economically just and environmentally friendly. Headed up by the folks who run the store Alternatives, they will be holding a Fair Trade Christmas Benefit on Saturday, November 29 from 9 am to 5 p.m. at the United Church of Gainesville hall at 1624 NW 5th Ave. Clothing, rainforest products, baskets and handicrafts from around the world are among the items available.
Alternatives recently won the Florida Ethical Business Award for 1997. The store is at 1013 W. Univ. Ave.
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