Ah, Turkey day. The time of family, good food, friends, football and shopping. Or, is that what we have been told to believe? With 15% of America on food stamps, the call to shopping seems a little insulting. Even being thankful seems disingenuous.
Our Walmart is organizing Black Friday protests across the country. Seems Walmart won't give full time hours to many employees, mainly to deny benefits. Who doesn't know Walmart workers are paid significantly less than other comparable jobs? You can join in the protests instead of shop.
There are hundreds of petitions demanding businesses stop forcing employees to work on Thanksgiving. You can sign one.
If you do insist on shopping, the Alliance for American Manufacturing has a challenge for you, buy one item made in America.
Buying American sends important signals to the folks who have helped ruin our economy. To the outsourcers, it says "bring those jobs back." To Capitol Hill, it says "if you can't pass a jobs bill, we'll take matters into our own hands." To retailers, it says "we prefer American-made products." Those signals, taken alone, won't bring Made in America all the way back--but we'll be headed in the right direction.
Volunteering on Thanksgiving is kind of one of those one time deals that makes people feel better but doesn't do that much. The reality is people need help 365 days a year, 24/7. This site allows you to find volunteering possibilities that work for you. You can also donate to your local Food bank.
Sign the petition to get out of the WTO. Notice how the campaign was all up in it on manufacturing and China? Notice how the topic has fallen after the radar after the election?
As the fiscal cliff is being used as an excuse to cut social security and Medicare, one might write a letter to your government officials demanding they leave social security alone.
With that, we hope all have a good holiday, with plenty to eat and warm cheer. If the holiday gets you down, we leave you with a good laugh. Happy Thanksgiving all!