Buy Blue NC

The Holiday season has arrived and most of us will be shopping for at least a few gifts. If you're like me you will spend a bit of time trying to figure out just the perfect something. There is a way to make that easier.

Buy Blue.

If you followed the link, you can see that the original BuyBlue.org has gone offline. Though they plan a return, we've decided to pick up where they left off....and with a bit of a twist.

Introducing....Bue Blue NC.

Here at BlueNC we're going to start compiling a list of businesses and organizations that promote progressive ideals and candidates. When you support these businesses chances are you'll not only find just the right gift, but your money will find its way to a good cause.

Over the next few days, we'll bump this thread periodically to keep it front and center. We'll start collecting the names, locations, web sites, and other important information about local or national businesses that we should be supporting with our hard earned dollars. After we've collected enough, we'll organize them into an online book form that can be accessed through BlueNC.

Gregflynn submitted these to get us started:
Coopamerica.org
Treehugger.com
Workingassets.com
Grist.org
Thenationmart.com
Motherjones.com
utne.com
Gaiam.com
Seventhgeneration.com
Progressive.org
Coopamerica.org - NC

Gordon over at Scrutiny Hooligans sent these links and he plans to do a post at his place as well.

The Purple Pages is a directory of gay-owned or gay-friendly businesses in Asheville:
Asheville Purple Pages

"At Ten Thousand Villages, we work with over 100 artisan groups in more than 30 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America to bring you fair trade jewelry, home decor, gifts and more. As one of the world's oldest and largest fair trade organizations, we build long-term relationships with artisans that are based on mutual understanding and respect."
Ten Thousand Villages

Fair trade coffee roaster:
Asheville Coffee Roasters

North Carolina's number one independent bookstore:
Malaprops

If you're up for a little research you can do a search through Opensecrets.org, the FEC and the NC State Board of Elections to see which business pac or business owner contributes to Democrats or Democratic causes.

This should be fun and it should be something we can develop and expand as time goes on. Leave any businesses you want included on the list in the comments and we'll start categorizing by city, region or type of business as soon as we can.

Thanks everyone. Enjoy your turkey, ham, football and family time tomorrow. When you hit the shops on Friday don't forget to buy blue.

[Update]
Sam Spencer has sent a couple in from Charlotte/Mecklenburg and promises more.

Summit Coffee in Davidson supports local food, local music, fair trade coffee, environmentally friendly business practices, and the owner and his wife are educators. Can't give them a better recommendation.

Owen's Bagel on South Blvd. in Charlotte hosts the Meck Young Dems from time to time.

[Update]
LiberalNC has chimed in with a few spots from lovely Concord/Cabarrus County.

In Concord you just have to visit the Sweet Pea Cafe on historic Downtown Union Street.
It's our regions only vegetarian and organic restaurant, which also has a health/fair trade food store in it. It also hosts the Concord chapter of Drinking Liberally every month.
And if you're on Union Street anyway you need to of course drop by the store owned By Larry Kissell's campaign manager, the Open Door General Store.

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I assume this means there

I assume this means there will be no realtors or homebuilders on this list.

Wrong! :)

We actually have realtors who are members of BlueNC. I think it would be an excellent service to highlight them.

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I don't think the realtors

I don't think the realtors were very progressive on the recent land transfer tax referenda!

At the beginning of your thread, you said you were looking for businesses who support progressive candidates. But then at the end, you just said to look for PACs who support Democrats. I have two problems with that:

A) I don't think all Democrats are progressive.
B) I don't think all progressive thinking people are Democrats (I consider myself very progressive, but I'm not a Democrat).

I really enjoy reading the debates on this site, but the more time I spend on here, the more I realize this is just another site whose primary purpose is to bash all things Republican. Espousing progressive-type thinking is secondary or tertiary.

That was the realtor's association teepack

There are individual realtors who give time and money to progressive causes.

No, not all Democrats are progressive.

The reason this is a community project is so we can find those businesses/owners, etc who exhibit by their actions and contributions that they support a progressive ideology.

You are welcome to take something positive and turn it into something negative if you like.

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Oh, no, I think you've got it wrong.

I really enjoy reading the debates on this site, but the more time I spend on here, the more I realize this is just another site whose primary purpose is to bash all things Republican. Espousing progressive-type thinking is secondary or tertiary.

If you stick around long enough - you'll see that we're willing to take on anyone or anything that doesn't hold up to scrutiny. I think that while most of us profess to be progressive, (I prefer the older term liberal), and many of us are Democrats, there are a number of folks who are unaffiliated, and I suspect there might be a Republican or one. :) For goodness sake, look at the tempest over Kay Hagan's entry into the race for the US Senate. There was no Republican bashing going on there at all. We were too busy questioning the motivation of the DSCC.

I would use Betsy's advice to look for local business people who support candidates that you believe are progressive, and patronize their businesses. And I would let them know that, too. For me, it's important to patronize businesses that are supportive of progressives, Democrats, and are gay-friendly. It's also important to me for me to think for myself, so just because you, or Betsy, or Gordon, or someone else says a business is such and such doesn't mean I can't check it out myself, kwim? And I don't think Betsy or Gordon would be offended by me saying that. We expect people to think for themselves.


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

I also prefer the term, "liberal"

...even if I'm not as liberal as others. I understand the reasoning behind the term "progressive", but it sounds like what I always thought a liberal was anyway....so no big dif for me.

There is a company in Waxhaw that mfgs rainbarrels. I can't find anything out about their politics, but water conservation is pretty important to everyone right now regardless of political ideology. However, conserving and protecting our natural resources has always been what I considered a "liberal cause", even if there are some conservatives who also believe it's important.

I'll list their information in a minute. I have to go take the pecan pie out of the oven. :)

[edit] Wait...forgot...this part. Yes, we should all think for ourselves. Some companies may give to Democrats....or progressive candidates, but maybe are big polluters or treat their employees horribly. We each have to decide for ourselves how much we're willing to forgive. There are times when we just have to shop at a big box store. I can't stand it, but it happens.



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Progressive Raison D'Etre

Betsy opened that last statement with:

If you're up for a little research

That assumes being up to a little digging and critical thinking. She's not advocating blind giving to PAC or Dems. It's a starting point for the curious. It can also be somewhat depressing once you realize how money flows in political campaigns. That's the real learning experience. If you are curious another useful tool for State politics is followthemoney.org.

I believe what Betsy was suggesting was that out of all that digging we may find a handful of businesses with progressive credentials based on a pattern of giving that meets your own definition of progressive. Not everyone who gives to a progressive candidate is progressive.

Republicans provide a target rich environment for progressives but speaking for myself I am an equal opportunity critic and am not afraid of criticizing even those who would claim the mantle of progressive.

On the subject of realtors or any other issue it would be nice to identify those individuals on the progressive side of the debate. I like to think of it in terms of choice and given a choice in a transaction I would try to choose the more progressive option. Sometimes the choice is not to buy anything. Sometimes the choice is to buy one for all your friends and co-workers, like a compact fluorescent light bulb.

The choices quickly get complicated. Do you avoid GE because of nuclear and weapons programs or support GE because they are leading in wind energy and gas turbines. What country is a product manufactured or assembled in? A batik teeshirt hand dyed in a village in Ghana was originally made in Honduras under a US label. It apparently crossed the Atlantic twice.

Don't get paralyzed or discouraged. The important thing is to understand some of the implications and the choices available when you look at things from a progressive point of view. Sometimes the choices get easier by narrowing the decision making. I don't drink Miller beers (Philip Morris) or Coors (Contras). Now I've discovered my Raison D'Etre (p.s. That's for special occasions. Year round I like local Nut Brown Ale from Carolina Brewing Company in Holly Springs)

Note to the curious: data is always missing and misspellings are rampant in campaign databases especially at state and local levels.

Oh...and we also should probably discuss

how to handle listing individuals. Maybe we should check with them first? I can't imagine a realtor would not want to be listed, but there is a reason that every realtor I know does not put political signs in their yards. We want to help their business...not hurt it.

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How about Buy Nothing?

On Friday many people will just buy nothing. This Friday Chapel Hill's Internationalist Books will sell nothing but give away food, clothes, and dedicate a lending library to a local activist.

I mention this not to be a troll but to point out the diversity of the American political left and our DIFFERENT ideas about consumerism. Plus the contrast of two of my fav liberal political sites (Orange Politics and BlueNC) discussing buying and not buying on the same day is just fascinating to me. Personally, I buy and don't buy sometimes.

That is so cool

Thanks for letting us know about that. Very cool indeed.


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Hey, on black Friday

I'm all about not buying. Actually, I hate shopping, so this is not much of a stretch for me. Except where truly good food, (and ActBlue) is concerned, I'm obsessively tight with a dollar.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Scrooge :)

Hate to say it, but most of us are consumers and whether you are buying on Friday or some other day before the holidays, most of us are giving at least one gift.

Actually, this is meant to be a long-term resource. I was simply motivated by the upcoming shopping day. Oh...and just so you know....we don't usually go shopping the day after Thanksgiving. Last year was the first time. We are so far away from the stores I doubt we'll go this year. I'm fine with that. :)

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I don't know that I've ever bought anything on Black Friday.

Although, we almost went today, but just decided we couldn't do it. We're sitting about in the house with the seven kids and seven adults trying to keep warm and not go crazy. My mom just helped the kids decorate ginger-bread houses, which took up about an hour. Now, the kids are blowing up balloons. Why? I have no idea.
: )

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

I'm not shopping either

not today. I'm not even online....shopping that is. It's chilly here, but not 20º. Y'all stay bundled up. My girls are killing brain cells sitting in front of the teevee. sigh.

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Dang. Perfect timing.

I'm launching a business in January. It's niche market lawn maintenance ... Easy Green Earth. (My place holder website is still very much under construction.) I'm in the process of getting business licenses, a logo trademark, tax ID's and the corporate filing in place.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

WOW!!!!

That's awesome, Leslie. I'm so excited for you....and your new clients! I can't wait for you to tell us more. It will be a huge honor to include your new business.

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woo hoo!

Congratulations, Leslie!

I'm so proud of you! Be sure to keep us updated.


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

I just want my BlueNC tee-shirt

with matching BlueNC state flag lapel pin. Then I will buy something progressive.
Until then, I'm only buying cat food for the troops here at home, and some good olive oil for finishing a nice tomato and basil crostini.

North Carolina. Turning the South Blue!

North Carolina. Turning the South Blue!

mmmm ....

When's dinner? 8^)) heh

BlueNC paraphernalia is something I'm adding to my Christmas list!! Thanks for that idea.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

What Would Jesus Buy?

The title of a new film about NOT SHOPPING...

The holiday shopping season kicks off this week with Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year. The new documentary “What Would Jesus Buy?” follows Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping gospel choir on a cross-country tour, preaching their message in such destinations as the Mall of America, Wal-mart headquarters, Starbucks and Disneyland. We speak to Rev. Billy, and the film’s producer Morgan Spurlock, who gained fame with his documentary “Super Size Me.”

www.democracynow.org

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What Would Jesus Sell?

Discuss

Furniture?

Being a carpenter and all...

Left on 49

I think it's settled.

Well, yeah, he would. And I think his modest "J' signature or whatever would push some items really fast at those Fair Trade stores.

I'm wondering if he'd do ads for berks. Just thinking out loud here.

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing
-Edmund Burke

Wine

He had a cheap supply of it.

just sayin'.

:-)


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

:-)



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Spurlock

I assume many of you here have seen "Super Size Me". If you havent watch it. But, more importantly, if you havent seen his show "30 Days" You need to.

In the very first episode he and his then fiancee, now wife, moved to cleveland for 30 days and lived on minimum wage. In other episodes they did things like send a guy whose job had been outsourced to India for 30 days, sent a born again christian to Dearborn, MI to live with a muslim family for 30 days, etc.

I have a ton of respect for Spurlock's work. I look forward to watching the show loftT

"Keep the Faith"

"Keep the Faith"

Gordon is right on about Asheville places

As for greater Charlotte (feel free to add to this list):

Summit Coffee in Davidson supports local food, local music, fair trade coffee, environmentally friendly business practices, and the owner and his wife are educators. Can't give them a better recommendation.

Owen's Bagel on South Blvd. in Charlotte hosts the Meck Young Dems from time to time.

I don't want to miss pumpkin pie, so I'm not going to search for business owners in the VAN, but that could start a list ... I mean, this is not a blogging day ;-)

1 Thessalonians 5:21: But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

Thanks Sam...I'll add them up top!

Enjoy your pumpkin pie.

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I'm weird

I'm eating delicious homemade lasagna tonight, lovingly made by my wife :-)

Left on 49

Made with love

That's what counts...whether it's turkey or lasagna.

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Places in Cabarrus County

In Concord you just have to visit the Sweet Pea Cafe on historic Downtown Union Street.
It's our regions only vegetarian and organic restaurant, which also has a health/fair trade food store in it. It also hosts the Concord chapter of Drinking Liberally every month.
And if you're on Union Street anyway you need to of course drop by the store owned By Larry Kissell's campaign manager, the Open Door General Store.

Left on 49

Chapel Hill/Carrboro

When it comes to foods you should do Weaver Street, which tries to do more local goods than Whole Foods, although I still buy a lot there.

For kids toys there are a couple shops that sell things NOT Made in China, one at University Mall and one at Carr Mill Mall (next to Weaver Street).

Anyone else have suggestions?

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

If you are looking for a car in the Sandhills

Phillips Ford, in Carthage, is owned by Tommy Phillips, who is a lifelong Democrat, and campaign manager for Gerald Galloway (opponent to Joe Boylan in 2006).


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi