Occupy targets retailers on Black Friday
Shoppers crowd a Virginia mall for Black Friday 2010.
November 23rd, 2011
07:58 AM ET

Occupy targets retailers on Black Friday

The Occupy movement is taking on the biggest retail day of the season, calling on protesters to occupy major retailers on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving.

"OCCUPY BLACK FRIDAY by occupying/boycotting large chain stores and publicly traded retail" is the message posted on the website stopblackfriday.com.

The movement contends that 1% of the country is making money at the expense of the other 99%.

"The credit cards the 99% overcharge will allow the 1% to enrich themselves gluttonously on the backs of hardworking people who simply want to provide a memorable time for their families," the website says.

"So just imagine what would happen to the 1% if the 99% did not spend on Black Friday."

The site asks protesters to target only "publicly traded large businesses" and support small businesses "that serve our local communities."

The site lists Abercrombie & Fitch, Amazon.com, AT&T Wireless, Burlington Coat Factory, Dick's Sporting Goods, Dollar Tree, The Home Depot, Neiman Marcus, Office Max, Toys "R" Us, Verizon Wireless and Wal-Mart as businesses that should be boycotted or occupied.

"We are NOT anti-capitalist, just anti-crapitalist," the site says.

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  1. Swamie

    I'm part of the 98% – neither the 1% super-rich, nor the 1% "Occupy" whack-jobs who need to look for ways to solve problems not create new ones.

    November 23, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  2. BCSisBS

    Occupy Bowl games!! BCS is BS! A playoff system is needed!

    November 23, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  3. CNNDebbie

    I support the Occupiers for various reasons. 1) There are no real "deals" on Black Friday. Everything is priced twice as high as its value and then a 50% sale sign slapped on it. Why pay the same price for the hassel and the item is not worth the value anyway. 2) Most of the stuff is junk make in China, India, Vietnam and of little quality. Why would I support the Chinese government by buying their junk. 3) Why would I support retailers that have purchased goods from China that helps China. 4) Why would I support retailers that give to PACs for favors? 5. Why would I support the banks tied to the retailers that support other countries economies and not the USA? Will it hurt the retailers? I doubt very much but you have to take a stand on do you support America or do you support China, India, Vietnam, and Banks.

    November 23, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  4. coolbreeze

    Why are you protesting black friday? Ummm, ummm, because I don't have any money and no job. If im broke and poor I don't want anyone to shop either. I want to go to college for free. And Why should you get free college? ummm, ummm because I deserved it. You're not answering my question Why should anyone give you free college. ummm, ummm because I can, I have right too you know!

    November 23, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  5. Snoop

    From the Washington Post, showing how little respect these OWS people have for everyone who works and pays taxes:

    "Dylan Bozlee, of Hilo, Hawaii, has his foot taped by volunteer EMT David McClintock of Philadelphia at the Occupy Philadelphia encampment at City Hall on Nov. 15. Bozlee dropped out of college at the University of Hawaii to join Occupy, and says he’d rather travel across America than get a job. “Do I want to work? Only if I wanted a home, wife, kids and a dog. If not, I think you’re ruining your life,” he said. Before the march, Bozlee was a member of the Class Warfare camp at Zuccotti Park in New York, where he says he joined other anarchists in teaching passersby about the concept of warfare of the lower classes against the upper class."

    November 23, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Sick of Marxists

      Dylan is going to get an unpleasant surprise when the working class gets fed up listening to his bloodthirsty BS and some working class veterans introduce him to the realities of warfare.

      November 23, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. PeteH

    Black Friday is just plain stupid.

    November 23, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  7. Brad

    They are right. Everyone complains about how these chain stores, corporate stores pay low wages and sell foreign made products, but what do they do, they keep shopping their. How stupid is that? We should support our local stores. It is a little more expensive, but not by much. I have a friends who owns a game store. He can't sell games like monopoly or life and a few others because he cannot compete with walmart and target. He can't buy in bulk like they can so he can't get his price down enough. Either do the right thing, or shut up.

    November 23, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  8. Matt

    These occupiers are total morons. No one shopping at walmart is part of the 1% – so these idiots are going to ruin the day for the average working Joe trying to get a deal.

    Hang it up occupiers, you look like fools. no one supports you.

    November 23, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Obama supports them, LOL.

      November 23, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Snoop

      Only when its convenient for him to do so.

      November 23, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • RaKa

      If only the would be honest. They actually want all buying/selling of products and services to be by the government only. Now they are protesting school kids?? What the heck? These people and their sympathizers are complete morons.

      November 23, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris Keffer

      Well Matt, if you look at the latest polls, a big section of the U.S do support this movement.

      November 23, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • RaKa

      Actually the latest poll states over 63% of Americans do not support the Occupiers. Not that they have been getting bad press, the poll takers have skewed poll data yet again. I'm willing to bet 85% do not support these clowns.

      November 23, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ATT slave

    Just because you don't have a job you want to come protest in front mine? I'm sorry that I have a job and go to work and come home today my bills on time and to support my family. Maybe you should drop the signs and go to work yourself. Yeah maybe you went to college and got a degree in some bs degree and you are waiting on your dream job well guess what your not going to get it being a bum why don't you turn your focus from being a hippie doing the "cool" thing because all your other friends are doing it and go apply to mcdonalds a job is a job it pays the same way your dream job would just less. Grow up it's not college anymore welcome to the real world grow up and earn a honest dollar like I do .

    November 23, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  10. kristyisaretard

    Hey Kristy, maybe if you had a man you wouldnt be such a stupid b!tch :)

    November 23, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  11. Tom

    How about a Stopbloodyblackfriday.com. Thats what your asking for a bloody beat down day. Block the entrances and the police will bust you but no you'll cry and whine about brutatlity. I have never shopped on Black Friday, plan to this time though looking forward to going face to face with one of you punks

    November 23, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Sick of Marxists

      I recommend a good pair of steel-toe boots. And punch low, so the cameras have a hard time catching it.

      November 23, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tsimbi

    Why don't these idiots go to the real source of America's problems and Occupy D.C.?

    November 23, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • RaKa

      Because they want DC to control everything.

      November 23, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. BS

    I hope OWS continues to do this. THEY are 1%, and they are ticking off the other 99%. Now they blame stores for people buying stuff they can't afford? And do people only buy stuff they can't afford at major retailers? I doubt it. These people are nuts.

    November 23, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • RaKa

      They ARE 0.000001 percent.

      November 23, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Chitown Jason

    I support most of what OWS stands for, but this is just stupid. If people want to overspend their means, it's their own fault, not the fault of JCPenney or whoever. This is like blaming McDonald's for making you fat.

    It also takes away from the main message, which is that the 1% own our country's politicians and therefore our laws. Black Friday has nothing to do with politics.

    November 23, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  15. Chris

    I blame Obama. Worse than Bush, Half the time...

    November 23, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
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