Check out the Organic Consumers Association's Breaking the Chains campaign:
Using universal equity as the meeting point, this campaign appears to be bridging the gap between the environmentally-focused local movement and that which has been focusing on economic/community security.
As we know, spending money locally helps the local economy, not just in the form of immediate expenditure, but the funds have a statistical tendency to circulate longer within the community. The same principle applies to government spending. Now more and more municipalities are jumping on the "Buy Local" bandwagon by implementing spending policies that give local preference.
Government contracts have a tendency of being quite large and thus can give a small local business a very large hand up. Not only that, but local governments are in the middle of an economic crisis (which I'm sure that you've heard enough of by now...) where it is in a municipality's best interest to help bolster their local economy.
HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. (Fortune Small Business) -- John Halko was halfway through renovating an expanded space for Comfort, his mostly organic eatery in Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y., when the credit crisis hit. His source of funding -- a home-equity line -- ran out, so he applied for a loan at a local bank. He was turned down.
"At a time when the financial crisis has eroded any faith we might have
had in big business and the capital markets, it is more important than
ever to support companies that are having a positive impact on their
communities, employees, consumers and the environment..."
ON SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 2009, HUNDREDS OF INDEPENDENTLY-OWNED MUSIC STORES ACROSS THE COUNTRY WILL CELEBRATE “RECORD STORE DAY.”
On this day, all of these stores will simultaneously link and act as one with the purpose of celebrating the culture and unique place that they occupy both in their local communities and nationally. www.recordstoreday.com
Twist & Shout will be opening up the celebration to include some of their favorite organizations within the local community as an effort to promote the ever-important BUY LOCAL campaign. The Lowenstein CulturePlex (2508 E.