Your Community Spirit 2010 November 26

EPISODE SUMMARY: News includes solar hot water heating information; Buy Nothing Day; National Day of Mourning; Jdimytai Damour Day. Happenings include Native American cuisine for Rice and Spice; The Garden film and discussion at Big Muddy IMC; the last Farmer’s Market of the season; Vigil for Peace; Alternative Gift Fair.

As we gather with kith and kin over a resplendent feast, we might draw strength from the original Thanksgiving, which celebrated triumphant survival over terrible hardship.

Too many of us have suffered reversals of fortune in the latest round of economic turmoil and seen jobs, homes and savings go up in smoke or down the drain. The new world order of terrorism alerts, uncivil politics and diminished expectations can weigh heavily on the soul. But not today.

Today let’s celebrate endurance and remember that the best things in life aren’t things. Today let’s remember that, as the Roman philosopher Seneca once wrote, “Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.” More information about celebrating the first Thanksgiving http://mobile.nj.com/advnj/pm_29223/contentdetail.htm;jsessionid=52DF7516E19C8A28D5777D361BB323C0?contentguid=ztgEGLL0

National Day of Mourning 2010

by Jason Pramas (Staff), Nov-22-10

It has been 40 years since the Wampanoag leader Wamsutta (Frank B.) James was asked to give a speech at the annual Thanksgiving reenactment in Plymouth, MA. That year, 1970, was the 350th anniversary of the Pilgrims’ arrival on Wampanoag land. Famously, upon being asked to accept the censorship of his remarks by the anniversary committee for being critical of the English and later American treatment of his people and all Native Americans, James instead chose to lead a protest against the official proceedings – and gave his original speech on Cole’s Hill, near Plymouth Rock and the Mayflower replica, upon which stands a statue of Massasoit, the Wampanoag leader when the Pilgrims first landed. That first event declared Thanksgiving Day to be a National Day of Mourning.

A event has been held in a similar fashion every year since. Not without struggle, unfortunately. At times Native Americans and their allies have been been met with force by local authorities. But by 1998 an accord was reached between the Town of Plymouth and the event organizers – the United American Indians of New England – that allowed the National Day of Mourning commemoration to take place annually without incident.

The settlement even provided money for 2 plaques – including one placed on a stone next to the statue of Massasoit that reads

“National Day of Mourning

“Since 1970, Native Americans have gathered at noon on Cole’s Hill in Plymouth to commemorate a National Day of Mourning on the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday. Many Native Americans do not celebrate the arrival of the Pilgrims and other European settlers. To them, Thanksgiving Day is a reminder of the genocide of millions of their people, the theft of their lands, and the relentless assault on their culture. Participants in the National Day of Mourning honor Native ancestors and the struggles of Native peoples to survive today. It is a day of remembrance and spiritual connection as well as a protest of the racism and oppression which Native Americans continue to experience.

“Erected by the Town of Plymouth on behalf of the United American Indians of New England.”

http://www.openmediaboston.org/node/1561

So Many Special Days To Celebrate This Month

On Thursday night, Americans are thankful for what they have, and on Friday morning, many will go out and get more of it. It’s crazy, especially in these economic times, to be shovelling money into big box stores. Kalle Lasn of Adbusters thought so, and explains the logic behind Buy Nothing Day:

Our headlong plunge into ecological collapse requires a profound shift in the way we see things. Driving hybrid cars and limiting industrial emissions is great, but they are band-aid solutions if we don’t address the core problem: we have to consume less. This is the message of Buy Nothing Day.

Last year I suggested that the day should be renamed after the store employee who was trampled to death in Valley Stream, New York: Forget Black Friday or Buy Nothing Day, it should be Jdimytai Damour Day

Ever since Buy Nothing Day started, I have expressed some ambivalence about it, noting that it was “a nice idea, if you don’t work in a shop.” Other TreeHuggers expressed the same, noting that it is “an important day for our eco-gift maker friends.” That is why I like the idea of this new initiative, the first Small Business Saturday:

A day to come together in support of the small businesses we love. The shops and restaurants that employ our neighbors and reinvest our money close to home. The businesses that are the heartbeat of our communities and local economies.

One can overlook the fact that it is sponsored by a very big business, American Express, because it is such a good idea. The Boston Herald notes the contradiction:

American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation launched the concept of Small Business Saturday nestled in between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. For Amex it’s a chance to win customers and shine its image. The National Trust wants to support businesses that have moved into historic buildings.

Regardless of the motives, the groups seem to have tapped into what many see as a real need to support small businesses.

Small businesses and viable main streets are key to developing a walkable, low carbon lifestyle. Celebrating both Buy Nothing Day and Small Business Saturday may well be the best of both worlds.

More on Buy Nothing Day

Forget Black Friday or Buy Nothing Day, it should be Jdimytai Damour Day
Don’t Forget about Buy Nothing Day
Thoughts on Buy Nothing Day

Forget Black Friday or Buy Nothing Day, it should be Jdimytai Damour Day

It is Black Friday, when everyone mobs the stores, chasing bargains. It is a big economic deal; all the financial media are watching the size of the lineups. It is also Buy Nothing Day, set up in reaction to this fiesta of consumerism by the Adbusters Media Foundation. According to Kalle Lasn, co-founder of Adbusters:

“Our headlong plunge into ecological collapse requires a profound shift in the way we see things. Driving hybrid cars and limiting industrial emissions is great, but they are band-aid solutions if we don’t address the core problem: we have to consume less. This is the message of Buy Nothing Day”

But most importantly, it is the first anniversary of the death of Jdimytai Damour, who was trampled to death by the opening rush at a store in Valley Stream, NY. He was 6’4″ and 270 pounds, a “gentle giant to his friends” but that wasn’t enough. According to the New York Times, “Just before the store’s scheduled 5 a.m. opening the doors shattered under the weight of the crowd. Mr. Damour was thrown to the floor and trampled.”

That brings us to Buy Nothing Day. My first reaction to it was “nice idea, if you don’t work in a shop.” A few years ago I asked some of our writers what they thought of it:

Warren McLaren: ‘Buy Nothing Day’ is about rampant consumption of over packaged, blister wrapped rubbish. We should not be one dimensional about this.

Which is better for the planet?
A. for one day nobody buys anything (next day they hop in the car and head off to the mall as normal) or
B. Everybody buys a bicycle on that day.

I suggested: We expand the message: Buy Nothing Day(ngerous to the planet)

– buy something from a thift store – unwrapped, preloved
– buy a subscription to CSA organic produce box
– buy membership to a car share network
– buy local
– buy organic, recycled, non toxic, reused, durable, functional
– buy carbon credits for the family’s travel for the past or upcoming year
– buy solar panels
– buy a composting toilet

Erin: Black Friday is also an important day for our eco-gift maker friends. The holidays is the time when they get to show their stuff and make the money they need to get through another year of competing in this crazy Walmarket. We have put a lot of energy into the Planet Green gift guide and so have the awesome vendors who sent us stuff to help promote eco-friendly holidays to the press. I think they deserve our support this time of year, with gift guides and other promotion that we can offer.

TreeHugger Emeritus Ruben: Buy Nothing Day is a holiday dear to my heart. Proud as I am to be associated with TreeHugger, I know that ecological products can only do so much. If we really want to change the world, we need to find a truly different way of living.

We must consume much, much less.

But I have reconsidered my ambivalence since last year, after the death of Jdimytai Damour, when I learned that commercialism and marketing can make people so crazy that they would trample someone to death in search of a bargain. It is time to slow down, to rethink the way we spend and what we buy. Perhaps applying the lessons of the slow movement to shopping: Take your time, go local, go healthy and green.

Or maybe, once a year, buy nothing, a day of consumer silence, celebrating Jdimytai Damour Day, who died because of this insanity.

More on Buy Nothing Day:
Don’t Forget about Buy Nothing Day
Alternative Thanksgiving Tradition: Buy Nothing Day
Thoughts on Buy Nothing Day

Once again 13Pro Community Outreach brings you 13Pro Shops SI starting November 12 – January 1!

Last year 13Pro members turned in over $17,000 in receipts from their local holiday shopping!  And this year we hope to surpass $75,000!

  • Save your receipts for all the holiday shopping items you purchased within the Southern Illinois region.
  • For every $25 spent locally, your name is entered in a drawing for a $250 gift card to an area business that is a member of the Southern Illinois Regional Chambers.  NO LIMIT to the number of times your name can be entered!
  • During the contest period (November 12 through January 1) simply e-mail, fax, mail, or “drop off“ your holiday shopping receipts with your name, address, and phone number

Holidays-

Fri, 26th Nov: Black Friday
Buy Nothing Day
Maize Day
National Flossing Day
Sinkie Day
You’re Welcomegiving Day
Republic Day (Mongolia)
Sat, 27th Nov: International Aura Awareness Day
Birthday – Jimi Hendrix (musician)
Sun, 28th Nov: Advent – First Sunday
John F. Kennedy Day (Massachusetts)
Independence Day (Albania)
Independence Day (Mauritania)
Republic Day (Chad)

Mon, 29th Nov: Cyber Monday
Electronic Greetings Day
UN International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

Tue, 30th Nov: Computer Security Day
Saint Andrew’s Day
Stay Home Because You’re Well Day
Birthday – Abbie Hoffman (activist)
Independence Day (Barbados)
Wed, 01st Dec: World Aids Day
Day With(out) Art
Bifocals at the Monitor Liberation Day
Chanukah (Jewish – begins at sundown)
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Annual Lighting
Rosa Parks Day
Special Kids Day
UN World Aids Day
Anniversary – Playboy
Independence Day (Portugal)
National Day (Romania)
Thu, 02nd Dec: Chanukah (Jewish – 1st day/2nd night)
Special Education Day
UN International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
National Day (United Arab Emirates)
National Day (Laos)


INTERNATIONAL COFFEE HOUR, Fridays 3-5 p.m. at the NW Annex Building B. Mix with SIU students from all over the world

RICE & SPICE DINNERS: FRIDAY’S RICE AND SPICE International Slow Food Dinner features Malaysian with Denise !

Every Friday, 6-9 p.m. at Gaia House Interfaith Center.  All welcome.

Sundays Big Muddy Film, THIS WEEK’S BIG MUDDY FILM will be

The Garden about the famous south centeral LA garden that became a symbol for corporate forces pitted against community self care. The story of the Garden that nourished generations of families in South Central after the Rodney King riots is also a portrait of the struggle for control in the neighborhood itself; between comunuities with no traditions of working together. www.thegardenmovie.com

Come to the Big Muddy Independent Media Center, 214 N. Washington, Carbondale, every Sunday at 7:00 PM for this progressive film series.

LAST Farmers Market Saturday 8 until noon.

Vigil For Peace, Saturdays, Noon to 1 PM, corner of Main and Illinois, Carbondale. Sponsored by the Peace Coalition of Southern Illinois

The new world order of terrorism alerts, uncivil politics and diminished expectations can weigh heavily on the soul. But not today. Today let’s celebrate endurance and remember that the best things in life aren’t things. Today let’s remember that, as the Roman philosopher Seneca once wrote, “Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.” Happy Thanksgiving, Buy Nothing Day and Support Local Biz day.

Your Community Spirit

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