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. David Klein

    I want every one of those protesters to take their shirt off and take a look at where it was made. If it says anything other than Made in USA then you need to burn your shirt, go home and educate yourself.

    November 23, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. chukchuk

    What the &^%^&% is wrong with these people? What are they buying their kids for Christmas? Oh, I forgot, they don't believe in Christmas. Well one thing is certain: they're not going to be happy until all there is for Christmas is granola and hemp shirts. And those shirts BETTER be fair trade!

    November 23, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • RaVeN

      I'm sorry this is far from a hippie movement. This is a communist movement.
      They don't even know why they are doing what they are doing, but they are trying their hardest to make sure other people in the USA lose their jobs too! Thanks a million why don't the occupy landfills.

      November 23, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • LuckyCharm

      There are other places to shop for kids' Christmas gifts. Why not show a little love to your local Mom-and-Pop store?

      November 23, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Andrew

    Are you kidding me with this? I am so sick of these idiots! If the "99%" did not shop on Black Friday than the economy would suffer even further than it already is. Black Friday brings in a lot of money for the economy and helps it function at a stronger pace. Not to mention, all the big retailers that hire thousands of workers for the holiday season would not have that chance if there were no shoppers to purchase items. It would also probably cause stores to lay off more people in that case. Why dont these morons learn how things work in the real world before they start making claims and trying to become even more useless than they already are. Maybe its not the rich that are the problem, maybe its the lazy people that would rather protest than try to find work.

    November 23, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tonys

      Right On.

      November 23, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Tiber

    Well, I hope they're not protesting outside Guns R Us, because I'm shopping for a new thirty ot, and you DON'T GET IN MY WAY WHEN I'M GUN SHOPPING!

    November 23, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • occupythis

      I'm with you! I'm shoping for a gatling gun myself...

      November 23, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Base

    America is in 12 trillion dollar bad debt. Flat broke country. Should the U.S government wipe out MILLIONAIRES BY 2012?

    Our city, companies, and hollywood is running out innovations.

    November 23, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. carruth

    see the new OWS rule that consensus is reached only via a 90% agreement. Now that's hilarious...probably takes 1/2 a day just to decide to vote on something......These people are really interesting....ran into quite a few of these types in my college days 30 years ago....probably a good % of them are still there running up college debt and now on their 5th liberal arts major........oh well

    November 23, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. alexx


    November 23, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. hop

    I make it a practice to never (ever) shop on Black Friday. But this year–as my own protest against the Occupy Idiots–I will be doing all my holiday shopping on Black Friday.

    November 23, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. getajobdude

    What an absolutely stupid move on the part of these idiots. Seriously? You think that only your so-called "1%" shop Black Friday? You're going to interfere with the small percentage of Americans (on the day when they're trying to save money because of the poor economy!) who have even tepid support for your stupid protest? Yah. Maybe you should "occupy" a psychiatrist while you're at it.

    November 23, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. mike

    How about not shopping on Black Friday. As long as we consume without end, our country has little future. Instead of buying something made in China, go help a child to read.

    November 23, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. myopinionz1

    So let's keep those 99% workers from getting their commissions, paychecks, and bonuses. Good plan.

    November 23, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. jb

    I am going to every single one of those stores and spending something.

    November 23, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • John

      Wow didn't know the 1% shoped at Walmart

      November 23, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sue9999

      No John, we are the 53% that actually work and pay taxes..and don't like to be told when and where to spend our money.

      November 23, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      WalMart is where the 1% buy their cavier.

      November 23, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrJM

      "I am going to every single one of those stores and spending something."

      Let me know how the parking is at Amazon.com, hockey-puck.

      – MrJM

      November 23, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mance Lotter

    i'm going to go down to our local OWS tent city at 3am with an air horn and let her rip every 20 mins. Then i'm going to organize a game of ultimate frisbee with a bunch of my friends and just play and knock over their tents while playing (all by accident of course). it's my civil disobedience, i'm sure they'll be fully supportive.

    November 23, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • John

      ya like ya got the balls

      November 23, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mance Lotter

      balls aren't what i'm worried about, it's my nose – those nasty f&*#s

      November 23, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrJM

      Mance Lotter: Internet Tough-Guy™

      – MrJM

      November 23, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mance Lotter

      oh no, i don't have the approval of a guy who actually has a signature line on his CNN posts...what a low point in my life.


      November 23, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. amitavo mitra

    nothing is gonna happen to the 1%. whats gonna happen is that folks in the 99% are gonna loose shifts and even jobs because of bonehead decisions !
    if you wanna have a memorable time for your family, you dont HAVE TO spend money on blackfriday...completely your choice.
    occupy is soon becoming a farce! with no clear cut goals ,and more so , no idea how to achieve what they want.

    November 23, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. JOE


    November 23, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sam

      Stop screaming.

      November 23, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrJM

      You forgot to take your pills.

      November 23, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
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