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. Bill

    Guys - companies are in business to make profits, in a capitalist society that means - pay the least, make the most .. thats how that works. If you are unhappy with the pay of CEOs then the best way to control that is buy some stocks (1 share is all you need) and go to a shareholder meeting and occupy that!

    Corporations are run by people who are incented to increase profit, not "benefit society". Sounds cold, but this system works much better than a centralized control "make everyone equal" system (see :USSR - not so cool)...

    November 23, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. TomFoolery

    These people are such dyed in the wool economic illiterates that they embarrass themselves. This is a serious movement? We're not anti-capitalist, just anti-crapitalist? I can only shake my head in shame that this many Americans are seriously falling for this nonsense.

    The worst part of it is that these people cannot simply hold their silly boycott, but have to try to stir others up to go out and block the operation of these businesses on an already chaotic "Black Friday" date. A few of these people must know that people were trampled to death not that long ago by shoppers. Now they want people to go out and actively interfere, and obstruct the businesses? I have no patience at all for that. The cops should be out in force, and arrest these people pronto, every last one of them, and throw the book at them if they do this.

    November 23, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kent

      I agree! I've been out enough times on Black Fridays to know anyone obstructing the shopping experience will swiftly be dealt with by the masses. I say let them bring it!! :)

      November 23, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Illeagle-j1

    They claim they are for the 99%, who do they think this tactic is going to hurt. Certainly not the large corporation, they have business interuption insurance, which this action would probably qualify. They will hurt the employee who is trying to feed his/her family.
    This movement is not credible anymore, Occupiers your 15 minutes are up go back to your life.

    November 23, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. haywood jablome

    You people are all nuts. Your movement will do nothing but get you arrested eventually. Go home....eat some fattening food.....drink some cheap beer and shut the f.....k up!!

    November 23, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Synapse

    As great as OWS's earlier ideas are... this one is bad. To date- about 2/3 of Americans support the OWS fight for economic justice... In these bad times, this will be seen as an attempt to take away one of the few joyful events average people have. There MAY be some oblique/obscure political point to be made... but it would DEcrease support for the quest of the 99%.
    Stay on point !

    November 23, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Chuck Darwin

    It seems that class war is already raging except the poor don't know it is a fight for their very lives.

    November 23, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Kent

    I'm in the 99% and I will shop wherever I please, thank you very much. Do not mess with my holiday shopping for my family. Bad idea.

    November 23, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Chicago

    I'm sorry, but the Occupy people must be the most stupid human beings on the planet. Next they will be asking people not to cash their paychecks in protest of whatever they are protesting. These morons don't even know themselves what they are protesting. They are just out there banging a drum because they are too stupid to do anything else. I'm shocked they can even muster the brain power to breathe.

    November 23, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • jay

      That's the spirit. Name-calling and anger. That ought to change some minds.

      November 23, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      agreed you're a tool, thanks for playing buh bye.

      November 23, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pimpson

      Best post of the day.

      November 23, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • SixDegrees

      I can only agree. When I saw the headline, I thought it was some kind of joke; sadly, I was wrong, they're serious. Or as serious as someone with severely addled brains can be. Meanwhile, Congress skates on home with no worries after cratering the stock market and most hope for any sort of rational budget, and with nary an owser bothering to mention this gaping national disgrace.

      Morons.

      November 23, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emilio Sanchez

      OWS should be sprayed w/bullets, they want communist revolution and I know what communism is – born/raised in such country (not USA), I came running from commies and find them here now.

      November 23, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Steve-Illinois

    They better stay out of the way of the women shoppers or they'll get trampled! The only thing they'll be "occupying" then is a face full of asphalt!

    November 23, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • boarddog

      You know that's right! LOL!

      November 23, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Steve-Illinois

    They don't have jobs! That's why they can camp out in parks for weeks at a time!

    November 23, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mann

      Its like you read my mind! You appear to know a lot about this, like you wrote the book in it or teioshmng. I think that you can do with some pics to drive the message home a bit, but instead of that, this is great blog. A fantastic read. I will definitely be back.

      March 12, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. James

    You idiots, go find some rich bankers to protest and quit hassling the ordinary people you claim to advocate for. I supported your cause to begin with but this is getting ridiculous. Every time you hassle ordinary people our support for you drops further. Occupy wall street has become occupy main street. Hope we get a really cold harsh winter so more of them go home.

    November 23, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emilio Sanchez

      "Ordinary people"
      So you say anyone talented or SMART enough to get rich should be hassled about their TALENTS, SKILLS, EDUCATION, IQ level?
      You know what you need?
      I hole in your skull from AK47

      November 23, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Rachel

    Nothing like ticking off the 99% again. OWS has become the laughing stock of America.

    November 23, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • D

      You mean they are laughing stocks like all the politicians in Washington. Yeah I would say the politicians are more of a laughing stock then OWS. At least OWS has a cause, Washington just has greed and who's party will come out ahead in the 2012 election. They can't focus on anything or get anything done for that. Nor do they want to. They really don't care if the country goes down in flames. Term limits should be imposed, get them out if they can't do their jobs.

      November 23, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. thierryjtaule

    support small businesses that are in your community not these mega corporations.

    November 23, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike in NYC

      While I do agree with supporting locally owned businesses, think what would happen if people actually DID boycott big box retailers .... their profits would drop and guess what happens next??? Layoffs – and NOT the execs. It will be the minimum wage earning full and part time employees that get cut. So please explain to me how THAT helps anyone???

      November 23, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emilio Sanchez

      idiot, most small businesses want to grow into large corp, "mega" corporations became ,mega thrru skills, talent, smarts, they grew to be market leaders, we should spray all your kind and ship off to venezuela, dimwit.

      November 23, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • SixDegrees

      These megacorporations are in my community, too, and they provide not only goods and services but also jobs to many of the people here and in other communities. If you have a problem with the corporation, attack the corporation; attacking the stores and their employees completely misses the mark, and instead harms precisely those people the owsers claim to be supporting.

      November 23, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike in NYC

      Sooooo you don't think Hugo would be amused by the OWSers Emilio? lol

      November 23, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • thierryjtaule

      @Mike in NYC
      the mega retailers would leave, business execs would leave. they would still have money of course. but towns and cities would come back to life. malls would be gone. finally. things would start to be made in the USA and outsourcing would be down. job benefits would return. things would get better. laws would have to be passed that prevents outsourcing and globalization and forces the multibillionaires to give to the communities more in the form of higher wages and benefits. BUT because people are greedy as hell it would be a MIRACLE if all of what i mentioned would happen.

      November 23, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. RavenDays

    I tell you what, you can protest to your little hearts desire, occupy where ever you want to. I will even support your right to do so, however, if you get between me and my Black Friday shopping, the only thing you will be occupying is a hospital bed!

    November 23, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Semper fi

    Professional protesters are a bunch of fools.

    November 23, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
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