The Occupy Oakland TAC, Media Committee and LBL (Local Business Liaison) Committee propose a boycott of corporate shopping and credit card use, and a show of solidarity with local, independent businesses. Money that is spent locally, especially when using cash, check, or Oakland Gift Card, keeps more money in our own community and out of the hands of corporate elite.
Most local indie business owners are the 99%, our proven allies. Many of them support the goals of Occupy Oakland. Some are active supporters, donating food, infrastructure, services, and space to Occupy Oakland. These businesses have risked alienating other customers or losing business because of their solidarity with Occupy Oakland. They need and deserve our support.
We invite other Occupations to endorse this action, and call upon their local communities to do the same.