‘Buy Nothing Day’ Winter Coat Exchange

Adbusters BND From Prosperity for Rhode Island,

On November 25th — the busiest day in the American retail calendar and the unofficial start of the international Christmas shopping season — thousands of activists and concerned citizens in 65 countries will take a 24-hour consumer detox as part of the annual Buy Nothing Day, a global phenomenon that originated in Vancouver, Canada. Some see it as an escape from the marketing mind games and the frantic consumer binge that has come to characterize the holiday season, and our culture in general. Others use it to expose the environmental and ethical consequences of over-consumption. In Providence as part of International Buy Nothing Day, we hold a winter coat exchange on the lawn of the State House directly across from Providence Place mall.

BND originators Adbusters.org couldn’t help but view this year’s event within the context of the Occupy protests. “This year’s Black Friday will be the first campaign of the holiday season where we set the tone for a new type of holiday culminating with #OCCUPYXMAS. As the global protests of the 99% against corporate greed and casino capitalism continues, lets take the opportunity to hit the empire where it really hurts…the wallet.”

If you have a coat, drop it off.  If you need a coat, pick one up. Go here for other locations around the state.

10am to 2pm, Friday, November 25, State House lawn across from the train station

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