When we spend our money at non-locally owned businesses not only is our money leaving the local economy at a greater rate but we also become complicit to the propping up of a system that has shown it cares very little about everyday citizens (99%). Our current economic system takes good family-supporting jobs within the United States and ships these jobs overseas. Why? Cheap labor. Said another way, more profits for Wall Street at the expense of Main Street. This unjust business practice not only eliminates jobs of workers within the United States, it also drives down the wages of workers overseas. In short, money is taken directly from the 99% and put in the pocket of the 1%. How is this positive or sustainable for our world let alone local economy? If this destructive system isn’t interrupted, it will continue to chug us along perilously towards a cliff.
Spending dollars at small locally owned businesses makes sense for a lot of reasons. Following through on supporting small locally owned businesses and refraining from patronizing big box businesses is often times easier said than done. Most Americans do not know where viable alternatives to big box business exist in their community because small businesses do not have access to the same ability to market themselves as big businesses do. For this very reason Occupy Riverwest decided to create the From Wall Street to Main Street – Business Conversion Guide for the citizens of Riverwest and surrounding communities to empower them to make more socially conscious purchases. We offer up different categories in the Conversion Guide that consumers can reference in order to make economic friendlier local purchases for the community in which they live. We hope soon other neighborhoods in Milwaukee and around the state and beyond will consider creating similar Conversion Guides to help their 99 Percenter’s make smarter economic purchasing decisions.
We consider this Conversion Guide to be a working document so feel free to email or comment on any part of it, especially if new locations have been added or deleted. Thank you for your help in supporting local business, the 99%!
Here is a link to the .pdf file for the “Wall Street to Main Street – Business Conversion Guide” for the neighborhood of Riverwest.