As we approach the holidays ever deeper, we must question what we are buying and gifting to our loved ones. Where did your gift come from? Who made it? Does it have a story? Is it a story that you want to be telling?
I went to The Mall yesterday with my mother, bless her, and was genuinely disturbed. I saw a blue and white shirt with the star of david on it that read: “why get gifts one day, when you can get gifts for eight days.” This shirt was made in Bangladesh. I thought of the people involved in the making of this shirt, and felt sick to my stomach.
Anyway, I vowed right then and there to boycott against goods that are produced by slave labor (food, clothing, useless crap). I vow to support companies that treat their employees with dignity and pay them a living wage. I vow to be conscious in my purchasing this holiday season (and every season).
Then I read THIS! about the Free Produce Movement and I remembered that the fight is long and hard, but we must keep standing up for what is right.