First suggested by Canadian artist Ted Dave in the early 90's, Buy Nothing Day has become an annual global event. Using Direct action and culture jamming, activists use this day to challenge consumerism and capitalist way of life.
This year, on 25 November, the Space Hijackers decided to resurrect one of their favourite projects: the half-price sale". Many actions and activities took place in Bath, Birmingham, Manchester, Oxford, Redditch and York.
All Hail Stand-By Mode!
Rhythms of Resistance, Aliens, singers and their lovely friends took over the city centre in Manchester for a colourful celebration and a Free Market to promote re-using items rather than binning and re-buying. Members of Redditch Friends of the Earth held a Free Shop and leaflet stall in Redditch Town Centre to highlight the environmental and ethical consequences of consumerism, and also to encourage people to live more and work/spend less.
The Rev. E. Littlehelps, Lord High Purchaser of the Cult of Consumerism, explains in his own words what happened when a group of activists pretending to be corporation-worshippers descended on Oxford City Centre.
York Activists gave out Free Coffee at a Starbucks, before moving on to highlight the day inside Marks and Spencer, while in Birmingham protest Santas, FreeShop, repetitive beats, Guantanamo Bay Campaign and Food Not Bombs come together attracting and creating a vibrant street event.