Boycott Black Friday Mindless Consumerism
Ivan Pavlov is famous for his experiments and in the Psychology field. He would ring a bell and his experimental dog would salivate for food until it became an automatic conditioning.
I compare this with Black Friday Sales. They ring the Sale and people salivate a desire to buy impulsively.
Ferguson Protest: Boycott Black Friday!
It is simple! We must boycott the whole Thanksgiving weekend to show support for Michael Brown. No money can be given to the system that brutalizes and murders us.
Boycott Black Friday
Burning buildings and looting businesses does not a protest make. Boycotting an entire retail industry does. Black people need to withhold some of that Trillion dollars that we pump into the annual economy by inacting our own austerity measure in the form of a major boycott.
National Black Friday Boycott
“But it is not enough for me to stand before you tonight and condemn riots. It would be morally irresponsible for me to do that without, at the same time, condemning the contigent, intolerable conditions that exist in our society. These conditions are the things that cause individuals to feel that they have no other alternative than to engage in violent rebellions to get attention. Ans I must say tonight that a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it America has failed to hear? It has failed to hear that the plight of the Negro poor has worsened over the last twelve or fifteen years. It has failed to hear that the promise of freedom and justice have not been met. And it has failed to hear that large segments of white society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice and humanity.” Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King.
Ferguson Protesters Call to Boycott Businesses on Black Friday ‘Unless They Are Black-Owned’
Some protesters in opposition to the Ferguson grand jury’s decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson following the August shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown are now threatening to boycott businesses nationwide on Black Friday “unless they are black-owned.”
“I don’t plan on shopping at all. I don’t plan on supporting any of the businesses unless they are black-owned in light of Ferguson. I believe that we have to come together during this time and support one another. Unless you are black-business owned, I won’t be supporting you on Black Friday at all,” one woman told WPIX-TV.
“It’s time for us to support each other – our heritage, our culture. We need to stand firm together at this point,” another woman said.
So why boycott the businesses on the busiest shopping day of the year? Some have suggested the day can be traced back to the days of slavery in which traders sold slaves at a discounted price to plantation owners preparing for the winter.
Calls to boycott Black Friday in protest of Ferguson spread
A movement to boycott Black Friday may be gaining some traction as a protest in honor of Michael Brown, the unarmed teen killed by a police officer.
Riots broke out in Ferguson, Mo., Monday night after the grand jury decided not to charge officer Darren Wilson in Brown’s death. Protests continued Tuesday night with a torching of a police car and scores of arrests.
The ruling has sparked a national conversation about race and justice with the hashtags #BoycottBlackFriday and #BlackoutBlackFriday spreading on Twitter and a Facebook page.
“The only tool to fight against this is the economic side,” Carlos Howard of the Hampton Roads Leadership Council in Norfolk, Va., said.
According to Nielsen data, African Americans have a current buying power of $1 trillion and it is forecast to reach $1.3 trillion by 2017. Black people make an average of 156 shopping trips each year compared with 146 for the total market.
Howard is urging fellow African Americans not to shop on Friday to show the power of their community. He points to similar efforts during the Civil Rights movement, including boycotting buses to end segregation and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., organizing a Memphis sanitation workers strike for better wages.
Why blacks are urging a Black Friday boycott
By Soledad O’Brien and Rose Arce
Editor’s note: Soledad O’Brien, CEO of Starfish Media Group, produced the CNN documentary “Black and Blue,” which airs at 11 tonight on CNN. Rose Arce is Starfish Media Group’s executive producer.
(CNN) — Once again, the streets are electric with anger after a white police officer evades charges for fatally shooting a black man. Sirens screech and wood batons push back marchers protesting from Missouri to New York to Los Angeles. This time the cadence of “No Justice, No Peace” has been replaced with “Hand’s Up. Don’t Shoot.”
But there was another sign raised above the crowd in a recent protest in New York: “Doing Nothing with Saying Nothing. Changes Nothing.” The mathematics of this one are clear. Something’s gotta give.
A loose network led by African Americans in the film and arts world has emerged from the fog of tear gas to call for a quiet riot in response: a boycott of Black Friday shopping.
Ryan Coogler, who directed the 2013 film about police brutality called “Fruitvale Station,” told us he was confounded by the eruptions of “human rights violations committed by public servants.”
“There are three ways you can express yourself,” Coogler said. “You can vote. You can protest. You can choose how you spend your money that goes to America’s corporations that hold a lot of power.”
“We’ve got to fight the powers that be!” proclaimed Public Enemy’s Chuck D in 1989. With the embers of Ferguson still smoldering, it is clear that the struggle continues. But by taking their purchasing power away on retailers’ favorite day of the year, the voice of blacks in America, and their allies, may echo more loudly in its absence from shopping malls and big box stores.
Earning less than whites and unemployed at more than double the national average, African Americans still have $1 trillion in buying power, according to Nielsen. They spend more on media, watch more television, shop more frequently off and online and spend more on beauty products than any other ethnic group in the country. That is serious sway.
People who make movies also have sway — people such as Ava DuVernay, director of the upcoming film “Selma” and actors Michael B. Jordan (“The Wire”) and Nate Parker (“The Secret Life of Bees”).#BlackOutBlackFriday has even produced its own minifilms to fuel this modern version of the bus boycotts.
One of them features an interview with the daughter of Eric Garner, who describes losing her father to police violence. Garner was choked to death by police who suspected he might be selling “loosies” or loose cigarettes. In his grand jury testimony, Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson said the man he shot to death, Michael Brown, might have been suspected of stealing “cigarillos” at a convenience store.
Our own contribution to this tragically revived conversation is the Starfish Media Group documentary “Black and Blue,” which airs at 11 tonight on CNN. It includes Garner’s story and other shocking videos and stories of police brutality.
The #BlackOutBlackFriday videos alone make the case for change.
“Social media and the technology, with respect to camera phones, empowers every single person who has access to a device,” Parker told us. These are the kind of media people could be watching ahead of Black Friday, rather than falling prey to commercial plugs to shop.
The outcry over police brutality can’t end with the Thanksgiving news cycle. President Barack Obama can’t just promise to take a look — yet another look — at how the police interact with the public. Public frustration over policing didn’t boil over only because of Michael Brown’s death. It did because of the daily indignities that have become common for black people. These boycott organizers feel that helplessness as they watch the police violence spinning out of control and don’t know how to stop it. It’s not like you can dial 911.
To Darren Wilson, who shot Michael Brown “the whole thing started over ‘will you just walk on the sidewalk.’ “ Then suddenly the man he called a “demon” was dead, he washed his hands of blood and stowed his gun. He faced no judicial accountability after 25 days of grand jury investigation.
A 2013 Pew Research Center survey showed that 7 of 10 blacks felt they were being treated less fairly than whites by police. A Gallup pollthat same year found that nearly 25% of all black males from ages 18 to 34 reported being treated unfairly by police in the past 30 days.
“This is not a one-day thing,” DuVernay told us. “What #blackoutblackfriday is trying to do is to create ongoing pressure to change the conversation among conscious people of all colors.”
They might achieve more by opting out of the system than by opposing it. Your presence is sometimes felt by your absence.
Blackout For Human Rights produced a chilling video showing police brutality against black Americans, set to the soft voice of Andy Williams singing the holiday classic It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year.
#BlackoutBlackFriday: The Most Wonderful Time of The Year
‘Most Wonderful Time of the Year’ is directed by Shaka King and edited by Kristan Sprague.
Blackout for Human Rights (Blackout) is a network of concerned citizens who commit their energy and resources to immediately address the staggering level of human rights violations against fellow Americans throughout the United States. We have witnessed enough. We mourn the loss of men like Oscar Grant, Eric Garner, Ezell Ford, John Crawford and Michael Brown, who met their deaths at the hands of police officers. We mourn the loss of life and the absence of justice for Trayvon Martin, Renisha McBride and Jordan Davis, killed by private citizens, in a climate where police action demonstrates this as acceptable. An affront to any citizen’s human rights threatens the liberty of all. So, we participate in one of the most time honored American traditions: dissent.
We demand an immediate end to the brutal treatment and inhumane killings of our loved ones; the lives of our friends, our parents and our children have value and should be treated with respect. Our right to life is secured not only by our humanity, but is protected by law both federally and internationally by the Constitution of the United States of America and the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Our hope: to end violence against and the unjust killings of fellow American citizens.
Our aim: to raise awareness that builds and maintains pressure on the instruments of power until we are satisfied that the current threat has passed.
#AmeriCAN is a short film and public service announcement that comes in response to events that have divided the country over racial lines. With the influx of violence against black males in America over the past few years, the piece strives to offer a unique perspective in examining the value of lives of the country’s citizens. The intention of the message, “all lives matter,” is to pull people together from both sides of the disparity and inspire the kind of empathy and mutual understanding necessary to promote meaningful discourse and domestic reconciliation. The goal is to bring all people together, without exception to race, religion, gender or age, and send the message that all blood flows red.
THE MOVEMENT HAS STARTED #HANDSUPDONTSPEND
Adrian Peterson beats his son with a switch from a tree as discipline and is suspended indefinitely, as well arrested and charged with child abuse. After the legal case is disposed and Mr. Peterson discharged as a free man, Mr. Peterson is not allowed back to work because the NFL commissioner say he showed no regret. Darren Wilson murders unarmed Black teenager Michael Brown for “walking while Black” in broad daylight, and he is protected, supported and still employed by the Ferguson, Missouri police. Black Lives Matter. Boycott Black Friday.
Shop Small Business Saturday
BE PART OF AN AMERICAN STORY
SHOP SMALL® IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD ON NOV 29
The story of America is written in every small business. It’s written in the cafes where we meet our first loves. And in the boutiques where we buy our babies’ clothes. On Nov 29, be there for the businesses that are there for you to help write the next chapter.
Small Business Saturday
Small Business Saturday is an American shopping holiday held on the Saturday after U.S. Thanksgiving during one of the busiest shopping periods of the year. First observed on November 27, 2010, it is a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which feature big box retail and e-commerce stores respectively. By contrast, Small Business Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to patronize brick and mortar businesses that are small and local. Small Business Saturday is a registered trademark of American Express corporation.
In 2010 the holiday was conceived and promoted by American Express via a nationwide radio and television advertising campaign. That year Amex bought advertising inventory on Facebook, which it in turn gave to its small merchant account holders, and also gave rebates to new customers to promote the event.
American Express publicized the initiative using social media, advertising, and public relations. At least 41 local politicians and many small business groups in the United States issued proclamations concerning the campaign, which generated more than one million Facebook “like” registrations and nearly 30,000 tweets under the Twitter hashtags #smallbusinesssaturday (which had existed since early 2010) and #smallbizsaturday.
The Twitter hashtag #SmallBusinessSaturday has existed since early 2010 and was used to promote small businesses on any Saturday (not solely that Saturday between Black Friday and Cyber Monday). The hashtag is used in a manner similar to #FollowFriday to highlight favorite local businesses. Additionally, some small business owners have run marketing specials on the November Small Business Saturday to help capitalize on the boost in foot or online traffic, as most customers in this time period are actively shopping for the holidays.
Small Business Saturday UK began in the UK in 2013 after the success of Small Business Saturday in America.
|Small Business Saturday|
|Observed by||United States|
|Date||Saturday after U.S. Thanksgiving|
|2013 date||November 30|
|2014 date||November 29|
|2015 date||November 28|
|2016 date||November 26|
|Related to||Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Buy Nothing Day,|
Why You Need to Support Small Businesses
Small business is – quite frankly – big business. The Small Business Administration identified that there are more than 28.2 million businesses operating in the United States as of March 2014, with about 63% of new jobs being created from small businesses between 1993 and mid 2013. Of these 28.2 million businesses, most are “self-employed” – making up about 3/4 of the U.S.’s total businesses. Meanwhile, approximately half of small businesses survive five years or more, many of which make up your local coffee shops, favorite local boutiques, preferred chiropractor or local pet shop.
When you consider how many small businesses surround you in your everyday lives, it is impressive to think about the amount of time, commitment and labor these hard working individuals contribute to make their businesses both come to life and stay alive. Yet, many Americans frequent chain stores without considering their local merchant or other small business options. Whether it’s filling a prescription at a local pharmacy vs. Walgreens or picking up eggs and milk at a local corner store vs. your nearest Walmart, small businesses are too often overlooked for all the wrong reasons. Customers assume that pricing will automatically be higher at a small business vs. a corporate owned store, as well as they dismiss the perks that many small businesses offer such as customer care, inventory assortment and community support. However, did you know that many of these misconceptions about small businesses are just that… misconceptions? Here’s why:
1. Stores do not control pricing of most products. Vendors do. When you consider brand names like Under Armour UA +1.15%, Melissa & Doug children’s products or Fossil FOSL -0.42%, you have to also consider that the prices identified on them for sale are identified by the vendor – not the store. With some exceptions, stores primarily have no control over a product price but rather are provided a MSRP (Manufactured Suggested Retail Price) that tells them the price the product should be sold at. Over time, if the product doesn’t sell or a store has a promotional event taking place, this price may be lowered. But generally speaking, vendors want their products sold at their suggested rate, therefore retailers are not encouraged to lower them unless it’s discussed in advance – such as stores like Nordstrom do for their famous Anniversary Sale. Many small merchants, as well, also offer discounted items for special occasions – therefore not making this exclusive to big box stores.
2. Inventory is not always more easily available at big box stores. Smaller merchants have the same access to vendors as big box stores do, therefore if you need an item and it’s not available in their store, it’s likely they can get in touch with the vendor right away and try and order it for you right away. Of course, there are always exceptions, but most small store owners are eager to go above and beyond in their customer service support and this is just one way they can do so for their customers.
3. Customer service is more personalized, hands-on and noteworthy from smaller businesses. Again, there are exceptions to every rule, but generally speaking you should expect that a smaller business will deliver stronger customer service. Their personal commitment to their business certainly helps in these efforts, but even from their collective team – no matter how small or large it is – typically stronger customer care is experienced. Among the reasons why is that they have a more hands-on role within the company, therefore building a stronger sense of care for the job they do. Additionally, smaller companies are more flexible in their customer support – with a willingness to bend rules if necessary (such as alter a return policy) or deliver VIP treatment when least expected (such as home delivery for a customer during a rain storm). While every business is different, what also makes customer care among small businesses more valuable is just that – being different.
4. Product diversity and options are often greater at small businesses vs. chain stores. Sure, a big box merchant may have a larger footprint in your local community, but that doesn’t mean they have more variety to offer you. When you walk into a chain store, you know exactly what you will find. However, when you walk into a local business, you are often surprised by the inventory options. This is to a customer’s advantage and is among the many reasons to frequent your local stores more often. And remember – just because a big box store is just that… bigger… doesn’t mean they have more to offer. The assortment of inventory at big box store are just deeper, not more diverse.
5. Local business owners are more likely to give back to your community. Beyond actual dollars being kept within your local community – which is significantly higher when dollars are spent at a local business vs. corporate one – small business owners are also more likely to “do good” for your community, as well. Small businesses deliver community character and economic advantages to the town they are positioned in, but also strengthen partnerships among neighbors, residents, other small business owners, community leaders and even schools by offering social and economic relationships. Many also support local causes, creating even more good within a community.
Another interesting point to consider is that small businesses do not always stay small – such as Ben & Jerry’s or Ralph Lauren. Both began as just dreams filled with a tremendous amount of hard work, long days and tired nights. Today, they are among the most recognized brands in our country. Yet while most small business owners will not see this type of growth, their value to our economy and more specifically – your local economy – are just as important. There’s even a day to celebrate them – Small Business Saturday – which takes place the Saturday following Thanksgiving, anchored between Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Small Business Saturday, any Saturday or any other day in between, supporting small businesses deserves to be part of your everyday routine.
Nicole Leinbach Reyhle is the Author of Retail 101: The Guide to Managing and Marketing Your Retail Business from McGraw-Hill.
Small Business Saturday 2014 Promo
Rocky Hill CT Town Council passes Resolution supporting Small Business Saturday 2014 proposed by Scott Coleman of Business Now!. Mayor Henry Vasel reads resolution into the record.
Shop Small Business Saturday
Thanksgiving is almost here, that means the start of the holiday season! More food, more family and likely, lots of gifts. When you head out for holiday shopping, remember to visit your neighborhood businesses. Those local shops are what help communities thrive.
American Express wants to encourage people to shop at small businesses on “Small Business Saturday” November 29th!
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