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By Diana May Waldman WWH- First of all, Black Friday is NOT a holiday. If you can’t be with any of the Occupiers, then there are other things we can all do to support them and the cause.

The first is to ban “Black Friday.” This insane day is the day after Thanksgiving. It is a said to be the single biggest shopping day of the year. It is a huge day of consumption and buying. People are encouraged to buy more. We’re even told that it is good for the economy. It’s good for corporations and not really good for us. Corporations depend on us to spend, actually spending money, we don’t really have. We seem to almost always be willing to open our mouths and swallow the medicine when they keep telling us it is good for us.

Spit it out this time. Just this once.

Spit is BACK. Give them a taste of their medicine.

Let’s strike on Black Friday and refuse to boost corporate sales figures and hit them where it hurts. These are the very same corporations that helped destroy our economy. By leading and making us all believe that we must consume and buy more, is their secret weapon that pushes their ledgers from red to black. Why do you think they call it BLACK FRIDAY?

Occupier Dylan Hock has created, National General Strike.

“In solidarity with Occupy Wall St. and Bank Transfer Day.If they think they can ignore and even scoff at Bank Transfer Day, let’s hit them with the one-two punch of a follow-up National General Strike on Black Friday, said Hock, “Let’s show them we are willing to pass up their shiny bells and whistles in order to send our message home. They are nothing without us!”

I couldn’t agree more.

Black Friday is suppose to be your day off–the day after Thanksgiving. Seems just one more way to keep you tired, stressed and on the gerbil wheel. Relax.

Here is the link to Dylan’s page. Please join: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=242216449164770

The second is to push away from the table, pack up some food and take it down to your local occupiers. They’re hungry too and they aren’t giving up.

Melissa Willard Parent has started a facebook page to encourage us to remember that the Occupiers are vigilant and need our support.

Parent said,”Instead of spending money, gas and time traveling to a festival of gluttony celebrating our ultimate massacre of the indigenous peoples of this nation, let’s all take our families and whatever food we can share to our local Occupation, and show our gratitude to those who have put themselves on the line to change our nation.”

Here is a link to Melissa’s page:  https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=294414830583420

Hey and while your out there, pass a police officer a cup of coffee or a snack. Come in peace and keep the peace!

Diana May-Waldman- Bureau Editor for Worldwide Hippies in Rochester NY. Diana is the author of A Woman’s Song. Her poetry in this book deals with the struggles facing all women and the many facets of being a woman in the world today. She is a strong women’s and children’s advocate. A true example of the Hippie movements continuing growth and sprit. Diana’s activism is an inspiration to many. http://www.facebook.com/profile


Ban Black Friday — 5 Comments

  1. Another wonderful article! You can count on me to boycott Black Friday, but then that’s easy because I always do. I hate crowds! As far as moving your money, I have been screaming that until I am blue in the face, but am happy that in Seattle alone, in ONE MONTH, local credit unions have increased their accounts more than 30% and they haven’t stopped. That’s good news. And I couldn’t agree more with bringing food and coffee to the Occupiers and the police. I love your “come in peace, keep the peace. Beautiful article. Thanks.

  2. Right on target, as usual, Diana. Christmas sales, boosting corporate coffers, is not what will cure the middle class’s economic woes. Trickle down economics is back–ask the Republicans–Reaganomics, call it what you will…as they trickle down on us, we just have to wash it off. Instead of building jobs the corporations are sending our jobs overseas.

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