Posted 10 years ago on Dec. 11, 2011, 3:21 p.m. EST by saph4ak
from Cottonwood, CA
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As a person who keeps up with the news, every day I am reading about the occupy movements all over and am proud to see all that US American Citizens are doing to try and save our country. But when I read about police brutality it is hard to know that the United States has in many ways become a police state. It saddens me to no end, and as I wait to read or see videos I am advertised too, I here Christmas songs and deals and sales. And while all this is going on I could not help but think where are the boycotts? The 99% are the consumers, and every time we buy something we are feeding the beast. If we started a pledge to have every US Citizen not buy one thing for one day, maybe this would be a wake up call for all those in charge. We are not their peons who must obey their rules, but instead show them with our dollars that we have power and say. I reflect on the civil rights movement when African Americans were brave enough and wise enough to realize that if they were going to be treated as lesser than others then those others did not need their dollars and cents and started to only buy from African American owned businesses. I would love to see this coming from the movement, getting as many people in the United States as we can to pledge not spend a cent for one whole day! From there we can continue. One thought I had was to have as many people as possible spending as little as possible, if the powers that be want every one poor and on minimum wage with no benefits then they can get an economy that reflects that. Going without, make sacrifices in little ways or big ways. Consume less, in order to show that if the powers that be think they can do whatever they want, take our rights away to protests, trample people who want to be heard and seen, then we do not need to feed the beast. We as the 99% by being the majority have the power, we just need to find the greatest source to show those that want to control us, break us, that united together we can make a change. As someone who can not take part in the physical parts of the movement I still want to help, to contribute!