FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
P.O. Box 2142
Blowing Rock, NC 28605
Phone: 828-295-4610 Fax: 828-295-6901
Occupy Boone Moving to Direct Action
With “Buy Local & Green-Preferably with Cash Campaign”
After over a month of organizational efforts and public protest demonstration, the Occupy Boone Group is now moving in to their more direct action phase. On the Friday after Thanksgiving they will launch “Green Friday” in response to the usual “Black Friday” launched by the major chains. This initiative, which will be ongoing but focused on this Christmas season, will encourage people to buy local, buy green, and preferably with cash.
Buying local has many benefits for the community. When we shop at any of the chain stores or restaurants, all the profits leave the area instead of being spent locally, which often happens with local merchants. Also, large chains like McDonalds and Walmart are major forces in keeping the minimum wage and health care benefits as low as possible which keeps many hard-working people in poverty. Also, paying with cash denies the banks of their 2-5% surcharge per sales and gives it to the local merchants. The Hob Nob Farm Café has adopted this and has installed a fifty-cents-per-transaction ATM and now they are directing some of their over twenty thousand dollars per-year savings from bank charges to their employees and giving back to the community.
Several studies have shown that when you buy from an independent, locally-owned business, rather than a nationally-owned business, significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers and farms – continuing to strengthen the economic base of the community. Also, non-profit organizations receive an average 250% more support from smaller business owners than they do from large businesses.
The High Country Local First, a non-profit of local merchants and farmers, is dedicated to this concept. As the website (www.HighCountryLocalFirst.org) states:
“When purchases are made locally, rather than from national chains, significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers and farms – continuing to strengthen the economic base of the community. Also, significantly more tax dollars are kept in the High Country, helping to support schools, civic services and community improvements. When you purchase local, the health, wealth and vitality of the community are improved. Think Local First!”
High Country Local First is also launching a “Shift Your Shopping Campaign” for the holiday season to encourage people to “shift” their holiday gift purchasing to local businesses. Shift Your Shopping combines the efforts of the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA) and the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) and represents over 150 local business alliances comprised of over 38,000 local businesses.
In addition, Occupy Boone is encouraging people in the area to consider redirecting some of their Christmas gift expenditure towards giving a friend or relative a card that tells them a gift has been given to the local Health & Hunger Coalition in their names. This is a meaningful gift that represents the true spirit of Christmas by giving to those in need and feeding the hungry. Gift card are available at the Hunger & Health Coalition at 141 Health Center Drive in Boone or by calling (828) 262-1628.
The “Shop Local & Green – Preferably with Cash” initiative will kick off Green Friday November 25, Local businesses are encouraged to offer discounts over that weekend or to otherwise support the concept. By supporting these efforts, local citizens can support their local merchants, their planet, the less fortunate, and the Occupy Movement all at once.
For more info go to https://occupyboone.wordpress.com/