Thursday, December 4, 2008

This December, Organize a BUY LOCAL MONTH in Your Community!

News & Action

Dear Global Exchange Supporter,

What if during just one month every year, millions of American consumers voted with our dollars in favor of locally owned and operated businesses, instead of big-box, chain stores?

You can help Global Exchange, Co-op America, the Organic Consumers Association, Progressive Democrats of America and many other groups make this a reality, by organizing a Buy Local Month in your community.

Take Action! Organize a Buy Local Month in Your Community This December!

Check out for organizing ideas, downloadable flyers and window signs and more.

Learn more about the benefits of buying local and about ongoing buy local campaigns by groups like BALLE and the American Independent Business Association.

Let us know about any buy local events you plan to organize, and we'll add them to the website. Email

And learn why you don't have to choose between Buy Local and Fair Trade. Read Buy Local vs. Fair Trade: An Ethical Shopper's Dilemma.

Organizing Ideas

Organizing a Buy Local Month in your community is a great way to bring attention to the benefits of buying local rather than buying from big box stores. Ideas about what you could do range from something very small scale, like getting your friends to hand out "buy local" flyers outside chain stores in December, to something larger scale like getting your city government to declare December the official "buy local month" in your city.

You can also promote buying local by organizing a screening of "Independent America" or "Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price;" or getting local businesses to display "buy local" signs in their windows.

Why Buy Local?

•    Local businesses produce more income, jobs, and tax receipts for local communities than big box stores do.

•    Local businesses are more likely to utilize local ads, banks and other services.

•    Local businesses donate more money to nonprofits and are more accountable to their local communities.

•    Supporting local businesses preserves the economic diversity of our communities and the unique character of our neighborhoods.

•    Supporting local businesses is good for the environment, because it cuts down on fuel consumption. Buying locally produced goods reduces the need to ship goods from thousands of miles away and also cuts down on the distances shoppers travel.

This December, let's encourage consumers to buy locally for the holidays - and all year round!

Thanks, as always, for your work on behalf of peace & justice,

Global Exchange

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