Stop Shopping! Buy Nothing Day NYC 2008
Reverend Billy & The Church of Stop Shopping hit the streets today as early as 4am to meet shoppers in their annual Buy Nothing Day tradition (Celebrated Nov. 28th in the U.S. and Nov. 29th Internationally) at Macy's in NYC. According to the video footage they had to leave the store pretty quickly to avoid arrest.
"At 5 AM -- the High Altar moment of Consumerism, the Macy's front-door, opening on Black Friday. The shopocalyptic whirlwind was far more modest this year. Seemed like bridge and tunnel kids with the occasional young family. Under a thousand people we estimate - The Buy Nothing Day is growing and the moving-into-the-Black is weakening as America forges its quiet revolution.", The Rev said on his blog.
Billy was stormed by shoppers at the entrance echoing the sad story of the Long Island Wal-Mart clerk killed that morning. Reverand Billy issued a public statement about the tragedy.
The group was also steaming about a promotion being held in Times Square. Starbucks handed out cups of coffee to promote working with the (Red) campaign. The store intends to give only 5 cents per cup of coffee to the African HIV group. Ironically, the ad campaign costs 50 million dollars according to Savitri D.
On the Groups website these organizations were listed as a better alternative for giving to Africa:
Later, the group met for a dance-a-thon in Union Square Park where revelers could exclaim, according to the group, "A DJ saved my mortgage!"