Buy Nothing Day 2014 Essay

I write this on World Food Day. Ken Payne’s op ed in the ProJo today recounts for us how many Rhode Islanders are food insecure and the potential for employment if we grew more food here. Growing food is also building resilience as the climate changes. Think about vegetable prices if California’s Drought continues. For the skeptics and the deniers, the last 12 months, October 2013 to September 2014, is the warmest 12 month stretch in modern history.

I write this as I prepare to testify on October 27 at the public hearing on the Draft RI State Economic Development Plan, a plan guaranteed to sit on a shelf because it is a plan for a Rhode Island in another dimension, not the one we live in. Laa dee dah, we will grow the economy using the same strategy that has failed for more than 40 years, put more money in the hands of the speculators. More funny money, fewer jobs. Climate change denial is funded by the hydrocarbon industry and carried out by the same PR firms that told us smoking tobacco does not cause cancer. And the same paid liars tell Rhode Island to give more away to the rich. My officially submitted comments are found here https://prosperityforri.com/comments-on-the-september-2014-ri-economic-development-draft-plan/

Even as it warms, Polar Vortexes like last winters the result of global warming, not a refutation, the growing divides in our society as we slip towards empire and oligarchy mean that more people who can not afford winter coats need them. The statistic that the economic growth rates in RI from 1979 to 2010 tracked at exactly the national average while employment grew well below the national growth rate tells us that RI’s policies favor the wealthy way too much already. But in the ways of the wealthy, those who always talk of private enterprise creating jobs seem to always have their hand out for a subsidy, 38 Studios just the latest example. And we face constant pressure to undo the rules that protect the community includng what might be the most useful law the US ever passed, the Clean Water Act. Think of Watefire without clean water, or rather lets not. I remember what the rivers of New England used to smell like.

One way to turn this economy around is to have more democracy in it, not less. If communities were consulted more about what their communities need, if they could actually direct investment in the communities to the right places, if it was easier for communities to stop BAD projects, projects that poison communities or create flooding, then a lot more of the investment would go where it actually does us some good rather than filling just a few pockets. Some how the public private partnerships that we hear so much about end up as public cost and private profit, and only economic democracy along with a stronger political democracy is going to solve the problems of poverty, hunger, and climate change. As Ken Payne pointed out, growing more food in Rhode Island, in ways that heal the soil, is exactly what Rhode Island needs.

Christmas shopping will not ever save the economy. Retail therapy is what we do as communities break down. So throughout November people all over Rhode Island are collecting winter coats, and on November 28, for the 18th time, winter coats shall be given out to anyone who needs one at more than 10 locations in Rhode Island from South County to the Blackstone Valley and Newport. Each event is organized and managed locally. The people who get these emails, all 1500 of you, deserve much credit as you make it happen.

After 18 years the event remains the same, if a little bigger. If you need a coat, come get one. If you can donate a coat, please do. And on November 28 join Rhode Islanders from all walks and stations of life as we swap closet space and winter coats and make all of us happier.

2014 Buy Nothing Day Rhode Island sites

Rhode Island Buy Nothing Day Winter Coat Exchange

Buy Nothing Day the international day to point out how consumerism is destroying our planet and our communities. We collect and give away winter coats to give back to the community while pointing out how consumerism is a dead end

Friday November 28, 2014

Providence:   State House Lawn   brick patio across from the mall 

Collection and give away   Friday November 28 9 AM to 1 PM

Rain location  Gloria Dei Lutheran Church  15 Hayes Street  Providence

Contacts Greg Gerritt: 331-0529; gerritt@mindspring.com;

Phil Edmonds: 461-3683; philwhistle@gmail.com

 

Pawtucket :  175 Main St   Blackstone Valley Visitors Center

Coats accepted at the Blackstone Valley Visitors Center and many other locations in Pawtucket  all through November during business hours.

Collection at November Winters Farmers Markets Wednesday evening and Saturday morning at Hope Artiste Village

Coats given away Friday  Nov. 28  10AM  -2PM

Contact  Arthur Pitt ; kingarthur@yahoo.com 401-369-1918

http://www.neighborhoodlink.com/NAP-_Neighborhood_Alliance_of_Pawtucket/home

Cumberland   St. Patrick’s Church lawn   301 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI 02864

Friday, November 28, 2014   9am- 11am

For more information or to donate coats, contact Molly Cabatingan at (401) 334-9639 or at troop415cumberland@gmail.com

 

East Providence   Bridgepoint    850 Waterman Ave

Coats collected and given away Friday November 28  9 AM to 1 PM 

Coats collected throughout November at various locations in East Providence and Seekonk including the Newman YMCA.

Contact  David or Lisa Spencer

401- 965-9099     Dspencer@atlanticpaper.com

 

Newport  St Paul’s Church 12 West Marlborough St.

Coats collected and given away Novewmber 28 10 AM to Noon

Contact   Reverend Johanne Dame 401-846-0966 RevDame@gmail.com

Coats also available at other church events

 

Wakefield –St. Francis Church, 114 High Street,

Coats Collected and given away November 28 10AM to noon

Contact   Tom Abbott   401-364-0778   dawgdays@cox.net

 

Warwick Woodbury Union Church, in Conimicut Village, 58 Beach Avenue on November 28th from 10am to 12 noon.

Good condition winter coats, jackets, vests, gloves, mittens, and scarves. Church phone number 401-737-8232. E-mail contact:   jtarring@verizon.net.

 

Greater Providence YMCA sites

All sites collecting coats throughout November    Most sites distributing Coats on November 28   9 AM to 1 PM

East Side/Mount Hope

Drop off coats throughout November   Not a distribution site Coats distributed via the Providence site

Contact        Christy Clausen
Welcome Center Director

East Side/Mount Hope

438 Hope Street

Providence, RI 02906

Drop off

401-521-0155

cclausen@gpymca.org

Providence Youth Services (640 Broad Street, Providence)

Drop off coats throughout November   Not a distribution site

Coats distributed via the Providence site

Christy Clausen
Welcome Center Director

East Side/Mount Hope

438 Hope Street

Providence, RI 02906

Drop off

401-521-0155

cclausen@gpymca.org

 

West Bay Family YMCA Branch

Collection and distribution site Distribution Friday November 28

Contact   Kaitlyn Rooney

Welcome Center Director

West Bay Family YMCA Branch

7540 Post Road

North Kingstown, RI 02852

Drop off and Pick up site

401-295-6501

krooney@gpymca.org

 

Cranston YMCA

Collection and distribution site   Distribution Friday November 28

Contact       Andrea Champagne

Senior Director

Cranston YMCA

1225 Park Avenue

Cranston, RI 02910

Drop off and pick up site

401-943-0444

achampagne@gpymca.org

 

 

 

Bayside YMCA

Collection and distribution site   Distribution Friday November 28

 

Sandra Carney

Welcome Center Director

Bayside YMCA

70 West Street

Barrington, RI 02806

Drop off and pick up site

401-245-2444

scarney@gpymca.org

 

Kent County YMCA

Collection and distribution site Distribution Friday November 28

 

Patricia Driscoll

Welcome Center Director

Kent County YMCA

900 Centerville, Road

Warwick, RI 02886

Drop off and pick up site

401-828-0130

pdriscoll@gpymca.org

 

 

Newman YMCA (Seekonk, MA)

Collection of coats only   Distribution via East Providence site

Paula Roy

Welcome Center Director

Newman YMCA

472 Taunton Avenue

Seekonk, MA 02771

Drop off site

508-336-7103

proy@gpymca.org