Every day, Americans give millions of dollars to the companies of people who are deliberately working against them.
The path to a capitalist’s ear is through their wallet. Or at least it’s a language they’ll listen to. Democrats and moderates are a minority in Congress, and it’s easy to feel as though the ordinary person has no power. But you do! Use your money to send a message. If consumers vote with their wallets, we can make a big enough statement to make almost any company sit up and take notice. The Sleeping Giants twitter movement has successfully targeted Fox News and Breitbart, but consumers often want to know how they can make their opinions heard every day.
Here are some tools for you.
The Buycott app was written by Ivan Pardo. “What we’re trying to do at Buycott is allow you to be a democratic agent when you are shopping,” Pardo told Global Citizen. Pardo is free, lets you follow any number of boycott campaigns, has over 18,000 five-star reviews from the Google product store (Android apps), and has a 4.6-star rating on the Apple Appstore website. Here’s their Facebook page, which lets you download to IOS, Android, or Chrome.
Currently, there are over 68,000 members of Buycott’s Boycott Trump Products campaign.
The Boycott Trump app was created by the Democratic Coalition against Trump. It doesn’t have the “scan and discover” aspects of Buycott, but you it has searchable, alphabetical lists of companies tied to the Trump empire, with brief descriptions. The free Boycott Trump app helps you get more in-depth information while you’re putting a shopping list together. On the AppStore and for Android.
Here is a list of all consumer boycotts from the Ethical Consumer blog. You can tweet to the company owners right from the list.
It can be confusing to figure out where to shop. If you want to do your own research, here are some sources:
List of Monsanto-owned companies. This includes Pepperidge Farm, Pillsbury, Ragu, Kellogs, and Nestle.