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Buy Nothing Day: You Can't Afford This Sh*t!
Date Friday November 26
Time 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Location Details
890 Market near Powell st
Event Type Protest
Let’s meet in San Francisco, CA

Powell street "You can't afford this shit" Protest
890 Market St
San Francisco, CA

What's the plan?

Lets prove that SF isn't just a bunch of capitalistic yuppies.

all anyone does right now is complain about how terrible the economy is and yet these same people show up weekly to buy useless bullshit they don't need. These philistines need to be reminded that they can't afford what their buying and if they can afford it, that money could probably be used for something better.

"You can't afford this shit"

Suggested ideas:
Mass humming in shopping centers/commercial areas. Probably easier to do monotone if bringing people together for the first time. It’s an old school trick as it is very disruptive and intimidating without harming and without being able to see who is actually making the noise. Alternatively it can be used in an organized way to ‘buzz’ around as a ‘flock’ as with some street theater.
We stood outside a McDonald's restaurant with empty bowls representing how many people two beef patties would feed if translated into grain. I believe the number is almost 20. The average is about 7.5 people per ounce of beef. Another stunt we pulled off was putting signs in front of stores that said “I’m locally owned” or “My money goes to __(place)___.” All the local businesses were thrilled.
How about attaching our own locks to the doors of big box, national chain stores and major retailers everywhere before they open for Black Friday?
Organize groups to walk into bank and loan company headquarters and strip naked. Each of them carrying a sign that says "What more will you take from us, now?" Standing naked before our oppressors reveals their injustice.
Let's start a stink bomb campaign – get a few hundred of them exploding all over America. Imagine: bad smells inside Bernanke’s Federal Reserve, stink outs on the floor of the NYSE, rotten eggs hidden in the bathrooms of Congress ... gobs of rancid butter rubbed onto the pavement in front of Goldman Sachs. It’s a campaign that could suddenly capture the public imagination and take off.
Zombie Walk
The cheerful dead wander around malls, marveling at the blank, comatose expressions on the faces of shoppers. The zombies are happy to be among their own kind, but slightly contemptuous of those who have not yet begun to rot.
We’re slapping the “Corporate Crime” poster inside bathroom stalls throughout all stores. That’s the one place where not even mall security can see. “Power through potties” is what I call it.

Added to the calendar on Wednesday Nov 24th, 2010 8:06 PM
by Wednesday Nov 24th, 2010 8:06 PM
This activity has the advantage of being most likely to piss off security personnel. You and nine of your closest friends silently drive your shopping carts around in a long, inexplicable conga line without ever actually buying anything
§Credit Card Cut Up
by Wednesday Nov 24th, 2010 8:06 PM
Credit Card Cut Up
Volunteers stand in a shopping mall with a pair of scissors and a sign offering a simple service: to put an end to extortionate interest rates and mounting debt with one considerate cut. Be careful though: in some first-world countries, carrying scissors in public can get you arrested as a “terrorist”.

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by Who's
Thursday Nov 25th, 2010 10:44 PM
side are you on? There's a lot that pisses off people who are exploited by large chain stores. Punks are the least of it. What about the culture that lead to the death of one last year? How about supporting the guards as workers? How about organizing something meaningful that would have a positive effect on the guards and be productive in supporting Walmart's labor?
by Alternatives
Friday Nov 26th, 2010 1:21 AM
It is a sign of profound mental illness that people would spend their day off from work to go to shopping malls to buy junk that they do not need, wasting their money and the world's resources. Macy's is open at 4 a.m. this year on Nov 26. I cannot imagine shopping at Macy's at 4 a.m.! Who are these people? If people need to go out, leaving their homes where they have lots of entertainment from the TV to CDs to DVDs to books to computers, they could simply go for a walk in the sunshine (sun is predicted), to go to the park, go to a cultural event and the like. IT IS ALSO URGENTLY NEEDED to change this whole Money Season Profiteering called Thanksgiving and the Day After to a one day holiday in November, perferably the 4th Monday in November, simply called the November Holiday, so that it is simply a three-day weekend. This stupidity of having a holiday in the middle of the week, which is simply a promotional for the Money Season has to end, and the sooner the better. It will end, of course, with the current Great Depression. This stupidity, celebrating genocide-Thanksgiving, only became a federal holiday in 1941 and that holiday needs to be moved to a Monday holiday; we could use a Monday holiday in November.
by non-conformist
Friday Nov 26th, 2010 4:02 AM
You can do it!