Friday, November 29, 2013

Back in Black: Buy Nothing Day protests post-Thanksgiving day shopping binge

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Back in Black: Buy Nothing Day protests post-Thanksgiving day shopping binge
Nov 29, 2013 | RT
"Last week, the General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board confirmed that Walmart has been using unlawful intimidation and coercion to silence employees who publicly spoke out against systemic poverty and poor working conditions at the country’s largest corporation."
For over 20 years, Buy Nothing Day has implored consumers to go cold turkey on Black Friday and not splurge until they purge…their wallets. Protests this year have an especially political edge, with Walmart and other major retailers facing strikes.

Somewhere along the way, the day after Thanksgiving became the first day of the Christmas shopping season. For years, retailers would open their doors at the crack of dawn on Friday, with the alarm clock steadily rolling back until midnight as the aughts [2000s] wore on.

At the time employees complained, arguing that in-store salary workers were being robbed of their holiday to increase store profits. Thanksgiving is just for the elite, millions serving in the service economy commonly grumbled.

In response to the trend, the international day of protest against consumerism – Buy Nothing Day – was organized to take back a Christmas which “has been hijacked by commercial forces.

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