Nov. 21, 2007 at 9:33am
Zombies on Bikes!
Was sent this bulletin by Laura & Matt Eklund. Even if you don't feel like protesting mass consumption, it's an excuse to dress like a zombie a month after Halloween and ride a bike around downtown Seattle...
15th Annual Buy Nothing Day - Downtown Zombie Ride & Protest!
Westlake Center, November 23rd @ 12:30 pm (The day after Thanksgiving)
25% of the world's population consumes over 80% of the world's material resources and owns over 80% of its wealth.
Although people today are, on average, four-and-a-half times richer than our great-grandparents were at the turn of the century, Americans report feeling "significantly less well off" than in 1958.
This is because in our empty consumer culture we are always told that we need just one more thing to be happy. As long as you are buying your happiness, it's always going to be just out of your reach, always one more purchase away.
Come make a stand against this cycle!
We will meet at Westlake Square (between 4th Ave. and 5th Ave. / between Pike and Pine) at 12:30pm and will leave around 1pm. (Also, if you absolutely can't show up at this time, but would like to participate, we will be sticking around the downtown area, so COME DOWN ANYWAY!)
Please come in your zombie garb and bring your bicycle. We will ride in a slow moving, critical mass style swarm, through-out the busiest streets downtown.
If you are in need of a little zombification, please show up a bit early (around noon) and we'll help you out, as several people within the DIY community have been good enough to donate some face paints for just this very purpose! Also, I will have some BUY NOTHING patches for people to adorn their bags/backs with, so that the cause is evident.
If you are interested in more information or if you have any ideas please feel to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org It would be great if you could put BUY NOTHING, or something of the sort in the subject line, so that I can actually sort through my junk mail!
Alternately, give me a call after 5:30 pm M-F or ANYTIME on the weekend : 206.370.1737
(Also, please feel free to repost this bulletin and to spread to word.)
For more information on what BND is all about, refer to the sites below.
comments  | posted under Black Friday, Seattle, Tacoma, ThanksgivingComments
by KevinFreitas on 11/21/2007 @ 9:44am
|I won't be protesting (especially since I want to avoid Seattle at all costs from now until about next Sept) but won't be buying anything this Black Friday. We'll be driving home but I'll even endeavor to fill our tank enough before then to not even need to patronize a gas station.|
by thriceallamerican on 11/21/2007 @ 9:58am
|I think a "buy local" shopping trip would send just as powerful of a message about the rampant commercialism that is Black Friday. Assuming you need to do xmas shopping anyway, and Friday being a day off for most people, that is...|
by KevinFreitas on 11/21/2007 @ 10:17am
|Very true but there are other days to Go Local just the same. I'm just not a big fan of sales and commercials telling people when to stuff their holiday sacks.
Since my family is pretty much all grown up with no kids among us it'll be fun to Go Local for the few gifts I actually do purchase.
by ensie on 11/21/2007 @ 10:51am
|I like the shop local idea far better than the refusing to shop idea. Local stores count on this revenue just as much as big chain stores.
Refusing to shop at a certain store year round sends a much better message.
Kevin - I don't think it's so much "telling you when to shop" as it's a day when many people have time off to shop. There's no one standing at your door with a rifle ordering you out of the house and forcing you to the mall. It's always your choice when you go, and you'll find plenty of sales throughout the holiday season, some better than others.
by thriceallamerican on 11/21/2007 @ 11:00am
|Speaking of avoiding the big chains, any suggestions for DVDs/CDs and consumer electronics outside of the chains (or shopping online)?|
by KevinFreitas on 11/21/2007 @ 11:44am
|ensie: They'd sure like the rifle approach if they could get away with it.
thrice: Hmm... Maybe going used somewhere like Stadium Video could work? Likewise Rocket Records (unless, that is, they're all vinyl).
by jenyum on 11/21/2007 @ 1:19pm
|Last time I was at Freighthouse a new DVD/electronics shop had just opened up there. The name needs work--"EG Pawn." Anyway, they've got a tiny space but it's packed with stuff, and the prices looked good.
I don't really do Buy Nothing Day, unless you count avoiding the crowds at major retailers. I buy pretty much everything local right now, so I don't really feel the need to protest commercialism.
by jenyum on 11/21/2007 @ 1:22pm
|...and we own a local store, so participating in Buy Nothing Day would just be kinda weird.|
by Erik on 11/21/2007 @ 2:16pm
|Come make a stand against this cycle! We will meet at Westlake Square (between 4th Ave. and 5th Ave. / between Pike and Pine) at 12:30pm and will leave around 1pm
Burn a ton of gas and clog the roads to bike in Seattle?
Its may be better ecologically to buy something modest in Tacoma and save the gas....I'm just saying.
by jenyum on 11/21/2007 @ 2:24pm
|Actually, if a large group of people motivated enough to drive up to Seattle dressed as zombies were to get together and vow to spend at least $100 at a small local shop the day after thanksgiving, they could really make a difference to some small retailers around here.
If you wanted to concentrate the impact, you could arrange to concentrate on one area, like Freighthouse Square, Antique Row, or 6th Ave.
Heck, you could still do the zombie thing on Friday then go shopping in Tacoma on Saturday.
I'm Mandi. I've lived in the Tacoma area my whole life and I love it. I'm not a very prolific blogger but I do what I can.