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. Dee

    I supported them before, but now this is ridiculous! OUR ECONOMY GETS BETTER WHEN WE SPEND MONEY!

    November 23, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • clay

      "OUR ECONOMY GETS BETTER WHEN WE SPEND MONEY!"

      This is false....our economy will get better when we can spend money responsibly. Our economy is where it is partly because people and the government over spent their means. We need to be fiscally responsible to have a strong economy.

      November 23, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Nat Reader

    How utterly stupid. Way to make it harder for the 99% to earn $$ because no one will be able to get in stores. I am now of the opinion that these occupy protests have no idea what they are doing. I thought it was about the govt and banks??? Go sit there!

    November 23, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. parakeet

    Did anyone hear that remark the founder of Home Depot made on the news last night about the Middle Class? I got the impression he thnks we (the middle class)are a bunch of low lifes and that the rich are the greatest form of life. I will never again step foot in Home Depot. That is for sure.

    November 23, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Dan Richards

    If they get in the way of me and my door buster prizes, there's going to be trouble.

    November 23, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. AJAX

    You Occupy people are idiots who have no concept about how the economy works. When you do your Black Friday sit in, you will only be hurting the working people you claim to protect. The people hurt the most by your actions, just like in Oakland when you occupied the harbor, are the working people trying to make a living. When you occupy those stores, you keep salespeople from earning commissions, you keep store owners who rely on those big name retail anchors to drive traffic from being able to make sales. In Oakland, it was the truck drivers and longshoreman who couldn't get to work that were hurt. The 1% may make money from the investments into these companies, but it's those investments that provide the money for JOBS for the 99%. You know not of what you speak. Shut up already.

    November 23, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. superfudge1

    OWS = Obama' Whining Socalist

    November 23, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Maurice

      Who gave more bailouts? Was in Bush or Obama? Where the bailouts not socialism? I guess when money is handed out to the top it isn't socialism huh? Fox News dittohead.

      November 23, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Elf

    Tweeted: heading 2 occpy walmart after stop by #applestore 2 get new 4s

    Serenity now...

    November 23, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. superfudge1

    OWS = Order Weed Soon

    November 23, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • VoxVerum

      Already got my supply for the weekend, but thanks for the reminder!

      November 23, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • clay

      superfudge = biggest fudgepa..cker on CNN.com

      November 23, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Glenn

    it's become quite evident that this line of thinking truly comes from those too lazy to make their own way. i totally disregarded that notion at first, but it has to be true. boycott retailers because the 99% are gonna overcharge credit cards? uuummm, how about you just don't overcharge them instead? crazy logic at work here, but then again, if you'll sleep in a tent in a park for no reason, that kinda sums up what's going on here. i will shop Black Friday now also despite not planning to do it earlier.

    November 23, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Spurt

      Feel free to capitalize the first letter after the end of a sentence in the future. Eddy can't dance!

      November 23, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • VoxVerum

      I'm an OWS supporter, but I agree with you: That statement was just plain dumb. However, I think it's important, now more than ever, to support local small businesses. If you're gonna spend money, why not give it to one of the businesses in your community, instead of feeding the cheap-crap-from-Asia machine?

      November 23, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Greg

    "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

    The above quote from the website shows how stupid this movement and the people behind it are. The 99% freely spend to much and it is the 1% fault. People..... stop blaming everyone else for your problems and take some responsibilty for your own actions.

    November 23, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • stephen

      I agree; Not one person on this planet SAID you had have to a damn thing, such as 3D televisions, 30k cars, and a house that is 10 times your annual salary. For whatever reason, we as a society have come to 'expect' these things as a "right". The only RIGHT you have is to PURSUE happiness (i.e, property, education, etc.), not 'have' it. This country was founded on the enlightenment ideals (not Christian btw) that a person should get what he earns and that government should stay out of the way.

      I believe government should ensure FAIR competetion, but Fair does not mean EQUAL results. If I sell something cheaper and better than you, I will be better off than you until you do the same to me later. The same is true of jobs.

      Boycotting the major retailers also shows they have no idea about the interconnectedness of economic systems that is the American economy. Our economy is largely driven by consumer spending, not exports or manufacturing. If you illegally (yes illegally) try to "Occupy" those stores and prevent them from exercising their RIGHT to sell and make goods, then you hinder the very economic growth that will get us out of the mess we are in and give you people a JOB. Btw, there are over 2 million+ job openings... do yourself a favor OWS and stop claiming to represent me, and get a job. It doesn't matter what kind, but a good, honest, job is better than the crap you are pulling now.

      November 23, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Nat Reader

    I am in the 99% and am tired of these Occupy protesters making it harder for me to get to work, harder to shop for my family, thus supporting other 99%ers. Employees are going to get laid off because these idiots have no idea what they are doing!!!!!

    November 23, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Charlie_In_VA

    I support this in theory, but we all know it's not going to work. Americans are too addicted to what I like to call "the having." It's that moment of pure joy when you buy a new thing, whether it's a piece of jewelery, a cell phone, a CD, a huge television, a car, etc. Once "the having" wears off, you need to go out and find "the having" with something else. I used to be that way, but I'm a lot better. It's one thing to cherish what special things you have, which is fine, but most people just want to consume more. This year they're actually opening stores for black Friday sales on Thursday! It's clear what we value in this country.

    November 23, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • clay

      "I support this in theory"

      You dont even know what you are supporting. If someone has the money to spend and wants to spend it, whats wrong with that. By protesting retail stores, you are effectively putting people out work when said retail stores don't make enough money to pay their workers.So what you are supporting is a rise in unemployment. How about this...instead of OWS protesting, how about FIND A DAMN JOB ALREADY and stop complaining.

      November 23, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. DApppp

    Movement is nothing more than a Van Jones led ACORN spinoff. Beat it losers!

    November 23, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Nat Reader

    "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 they are now say the 99% are stupid....well at least they figured themselves out.

    November 23, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Brian

      I think the OWS represents the 0.99%. You have to remember that these people aren't great with numbers.

      November 23, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bryce

    Bring your pepper spray. The OWS hates pepper spray.

    November 23, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Brian

      No, bring some job applications.

      November 23, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
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