Thursday, November 22, 2007



I didn't celebrate Thanksgiving today but tomorrow I am celebrating Buy Nothing Day, even if it does gross out MTV.

1969 found me in Kabul, Afghanistan... very young and very high. I got a letter through poste restante from my friend Helen telling me about an American student boycott of Coke and Pepsi in retribution for the ramping up of American aggression in Vietnam (I think... let I said... very young and very high). I've never had a sip of Coke or Pepsi or any related products since reading that letter at the cafe in front of the Finance Ministry. Only problem is, no one remembers any boycott and that includes Helen, who doesn't even remember writing me a letter. Basically, I'm not even sure I was in Afghanistan when I started my boycott. It may have been Kathmandu in 1970 (which makes more sense since I recall that the impetus was the tragic shootings at Kent State in May, 1970, a month or two after I got to Nepal).

Tomorrow's action is just a 24 hour moratorium on consumer spending. I think if I've gone for 37 or 38 years without a Coke or Pepsi, I can certainly handle that. Here's the ad MTV refuses to run; I hope it inspires you too:



At 6:06 AM, Blogger TSop said...

I'm so ticked at the crass commercialism and the head in the sand mentality of People whistling past the graveyard that I won't even buy a pack of gum today...f*ck black friday.

At 6:46 AM, Blogger marykmusic said...

If we watched television that ad would be welcomed and understood.

If it got on. MTV wouldn't run it... will anyone else?

At 11:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Friends and I are taking the No Black Friday pledge one step farther. Around our Thanksgiving table we agree that instead of exchanging gifts as we usually do, this year we will exchange something we already own. The only rule is that what we choose to give has to be something we really love and that we know the other wants or needs.
This also goes for the few children I usually buy C presents for. For instance, one special little girl will get one of the beautiful glass perfume bottles I collect and that she always admires when she visits.
This has made Christmas seem fun and exciting again, more than I have felt in a long time.

At 10:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

im goign to assume the boycotting of buying things didnt include pot or beer.....

At 11:46 PM, Blogger Thorne said...

I'm upcycling gifts this year. making art from garbage. Broken tile mosaic, paper junk mail collage... cheers!

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