Buy Nothing Day 2008

Buy Nothing Day 2008

Friends, copied below is the flyer for BND 2008.  Please start distributing it.  It is probably time to start the coat collection drives that so many of you do, and to plan on volunteering at one of our 4 sites, Providence, Pawtucket, Newport, and Wakefield.  If you work with people who need warm winter clothing, it is also time to start letting them know that coats will be available the day after Thanksgiving. Free, no ID needed, no bureaucracy to negotiate.

As the economy slides into recession, with heating oil prices at extremely high levels, with utility shutoffs, with food prices at all time highs, it is going to be a tough winter.   The bailout of Wall St is not going to help the folks in our community, in our state.  An effort to provide the warm clothing that people need to survive is going to be a bit more important this year.   It is also going to be important to remember the greed and overconsumption that lead our government to bail out Wall St,  and is leading to global warming and mass extinctions around the world, and this is an opportunity to take action on a local level.

If you have any questions, if you can start another site (Woonsocket anyone?), if you can translate the flyer into other languages, or if you have ideas for making this a better event, please get in touch.  greg


If you have a coat to give, please drop it off.
If you need a coat, please pick one up.
State House lawn 
(directly across from Providence Place mall)
Rain/snow site: St. Patrick’s School, 244 Smith ST.Providence
 & the Blackstone Valley Visitors Center, 175 Main St.Pawtucket
                  On November 28th  – 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.
Reasons for participating in Buy Nothing Day are as varied as the people who choose to participate. Some see it as an escape from the marketing mind games and 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 Rhode Island as part of International Buy Nothing Day, we hold a winter coat exchange at various sites around the state.

There are over 60 co-sponsors of this event – from community organizations, places of worship, civic, and environmental groups. To volunteer to help with this life-affirming event.
Contact information:
Greg Gerritt: 331-0529;; Phil Edmonds: 273-4650;
Pawtucket – Arthur Pitt 724-8915
Other Coat Exchanges sites:
Newport – St Paul’s Church 12 West Marlborough St. Maggie Bulmer 849-3537.

       Wakefield –St. Francis Church, 114 High Street, 10 Am to Noon Tom Abbott 364-0778

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