This is an excerpt from a mailing sent to Green Party donors:
This Black Friday, Plan to Buy Green
Thinking about going out today to buy that discounted big-screen TV, DVD player, or brand-new sandwich maker? Before you rush out and buy, try taking the day off, staying at home, and thinking about what you really want to promote this holiday season with your hard-earned money. We hope you’ll pick your Green Party – not Wal-Mart’s quarterly earnings – by planning to give your family and friends some Green Party merchandise…
We hope you will think about what you spend this year – perhaps shop at thrift stores or flea (or even “free”) markets. Instead of buying new goods, think about making donations or providing services. Instead of buying gifts, look for crafts and other hand-made objects, or make your own gifts for your friends. Many people are refraining from buying anything today as a protest again constant advertisements and consumer culture. The Green Party supports these efforts. We hope, however, if you decide to buy something new for your friends and family, you will consider buying them some Green Party goods. Here are a couple of reasons we think this is a good choice:
Green Party goods support a good cause. The Green Party and its candidates work throughout the year to represent Green Party values on City Councils, in your local newspaper, and to our representatives in Congress. Purchases from our store directly fund the Green Party’s efforts.
Green Party goods are made in the USA. We support American workers so they can grow strong and take on the corporate management that threatens their wages, communities, and livelihoods.
Green Party goods are all union-made. When Americans are allowed to organize themselves at work, in their communities, and at the ballot box, we are all better off.
Your Green Party sweatshirts, t-shirts, buttons, water bottles, and tote bags all promote your political party and your candidates. Whenever you or your friends take them out of the house, everyone sees who are supporting and learns more about their political options…