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. Chris

    I wonder if these people realize that Apple 1) is a large, publicly traded business, 2) happens to be the third most profitable company in the world, and 3) is also holding a black Friday sale. Doubt these people are boycotting their iPhones and iPads anytime soon....

    November 23, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • mhm

      That's because they are hypocrites and spoiled brats who need to wake up and live in the real world.

      November 23, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Maya

    What a load of crap. Unless you get into credit card because of necessary, emergency expenses, I really don't have any pity for people who rack up credit card debt. The retailers aren't holding guns to the heads of consumers and forcing them to overcharge their credit cards. People are aware of the interest rate on their credit cards. They make their bed, and when they are forced to lie in it, they scream that the credit card company is exploiting them.

    November 23, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. joe

    "So just imagine what would happen to the 1% if the 99% did not spend on Black Friday"...they will layoff some percentage of the 99% in order to keep their bottom line for the financial quarter. Think thing through.

    November 23, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. sickmuse11

    Shoot down education's biggest threat: Consumer Capitalism!

    if you nimrods can even read and interpret the following:

    “Instead of moral and mental differentiation of the individual, you have public welfare and the raising of the living standard. The goal and meaning of individual life (which is the only real life) no longer lie in individual development but in the policy of the State…They do not need to be personalities or capable of judgement, but thorough-going specialists who are unusable outside their line of business.”
    -Carl Jung

    Wake up, America!

    November 23, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Rodboy

      Education biggest threat is the idiots that attend school and believe they are somehow special. Most of the graduates have very little practical knowledge, like how to pour water out of a boot, unless the directions are on the heel. Can tweet, text and talk though.

      November 23, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • hateuall

      Educated does NOT = smart.

      November 23, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Ignorance and lack of education DEFINITELY = stupid.

      November 23, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • hateuall

      Dave there are lots of people with low IQs that have college degrees. George W. Bush is one of them. At the end of the day these people are still dumb as a rock. Most of these degrees are meaningless and do nothing to help anybody get a job. Smart people find their way with or without one of those overpriced pieces of paper.

      November 23, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. benoit armand

    don't these idiots realize that if people boycott these stores, then the workers who produce the goods that they sell will be out of work because there will be no demand for the goods they produce.

    November 23, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • jayp

      They are not worried about jobs, they have no interest in getting one! These are Obama's Socialist Soldiers(OSS) looking to take what they haven't earned. May they all go to hell!

      November 23, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jayp

    Can someone please help these morons connect the dots? If people do not buy, inventory builds, production slows, jobs are lost, unemployment climbs and the economy gets worse. What is it you pathetic lazy 'how can I get it without working for it' idiots don't understand?

    November 23, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. ChoppaHead78

    Toys R Us is not a publicly traded company, so the people organizing this obviously don't do their research about "large publicly traded companies."

    November 23, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Thatgai

    I was not going to go shopping on Black Friday but now I'm thinking about it so I can mosh pit elbow any of these ahats in my way. This is the chance for businesses who provide thousands of jobs to get back into the black. In this economy we need them to be in the black. MAN I CANNOT WAIT TO MAKE SOME NOSES BLEED

    November 23, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dave

      Ha! I would love to see that. "Thatgai" (pronounced "gay" right?) will probably pick up a small child to hold as a human shield for protection.

      November 23, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • hateuall

      You are my hero. Hurt these creepy people. Public outrage and hostility is what they need. It would be so awesome if a crowd of shoppers went totaslly nuts on these creeps.

      November 23, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bill

    Each one of us has the opportunity to become the 1%. That is the fortune of this country. But if you believe taking down the 1% will change things. No matter what form of government there are people at the top. In some countries it is the 1/2% or less. But there will always be someone at top screwing you. Look around the world and where will you find the chance to become the 1%? Protest the leaders and reps in Washington D.C. or your state captial. Like many comments protesting at the stores will not change a thing, only stress out the 99% workers trying to make a living and care for their families. Your protest is worthy, but your not protesting at the right locations!

    November 23, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. John

    Crack heads, socialist, anrchist, idiots, and the 1% of the lowest bunch of worthless humans. These morons are simply put...the parasites of America. They feed off the host until it sickens and dies. Maybe a good dose of "Get A Job you lazy piece of doo-doo" will scatter them like roaches in the light. Make them clean up their filth. Freedom of speech comes with responsibility...And their actions have made it clear that there isn't one responsible bug in the lot.

    November 23, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Dave

    This article wouldn't garner over 2,000 responses if OWS wasn't winning. If they weren't important. If they weren't directing the national conversation. That's what has Republican supporters all worried. There's a question burning in their minds that they dare not speak aloud.. "What if these people go vote with the same passion as they protest?"

    Then you're back in minority where the GOP was until 1994. Enjoy.

    November 23, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • hateuall

      America hates you.

      November 23, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Actually, only Republicans who dislike the ring of truth hate me. My CNN account has racked up over 20,000 "likes" in less than a year. So bite me.

      November 23, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • hateuall

      Just because the same trolls hit the like button for you over and over does not make you popular Dave. Go do some drugs and remain disillusioned about your status in this world. You are a meaningless blip and nobody likes you. Your own mother hates you.

      November 23, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. HillaryN2012

    Obama's Boob Army is on the march...

    OWS=Obama's Worthless Stooges.

    November 23, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Rob

      Yes, thank you.

      November 23, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. HillaryN2012

    OWS=Obama's WILLING Stooges.

    November 23, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. jwh

    I think they've got it backward Occupy is the 1% or should we call them the 'less than 1%'. I look in the newspaper every day and I see unfilled jobs. Time to swallow your pride and get to work. You don't start at the top.

    Grocery Store Checker
    Wendy's Hamburgers
    Hardware Store
    Apartment complex part time maitenance
    Sheet metal press worker
    United States Marine – 4 years Desert Storm Veteran
    College Student (worked at pizza place)
    Computer Analyst for the last 15 years

    Yeah and repeal Obamacare and the companie would not be scared to hire more workers.

    Obama Foreign Policy: I'm Sorry
    Obama Domesetic Policy: I'm Sorry

    November 23, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • hateuall

      Actually less than 1/1000 of a percent.

      November 23, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. john marsten

    I don't see what Obama has anything to do with OWS. He's never endorsed or supported them.

    November 23, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Rob

      But he has caused everything that OWS is opposed to and he clearly is a 1% – and he expects to get all their votes in November

      November 23, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack Hangen

      Obama has been using class warfare for two years, blaming the rich for all our ills. If the chief can do it, why can't others do it?

      November 23, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
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