A very happy Buy Nothing Day to all
I’m not happy with BND as a meme – personal consumption is a good place to start but we need to look farther down the road we are travelling. Since BND is from AdBusters.org perhaps BND could be combined with another of their campaigns, Occupy Wall Street. Thus: Occupy Black Friday. One strength of occupying time instead of space is more corporeal safety; another strength is ease of temporal expansion (e.g.: Occupy Cyber Monday, Occupy the 5 Days of Gluttony, Occupy Every Friday).
Also a very happy, belated Genocide Remembrance Day to all
I’m not happy with genocide remembrance day as a meme, either – too many syllables – how about Tigers Day (The Indians Gave, Europeans Raped and Stole) – my literary muse seems to be hungover and vomiting in the hall at the moment. I would appreciate your corrections and contributions.
This is inspired by “John Horstman” at http://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2013/11/27/my-thanksgiving-plans/comment-page-1/#comment-721274
We treat Thanksgiving as a day of remembrance for the First Nations groups whose members were exterminated by colonial imperialism. I find that normative nationalist holidays can be repurposed as reminders that everything we have is built on a foundation of genocide and slavery and exploitation with relative ease, and I’d rather put them to subversive ends than abandon them entirely.