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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One shoe does not fit all so someone should tell them you cant fit a square peg into a round hole. You cant expect the rich to give a damn about what they are doing as long as they believe that being fair matters .
"We are NOT anti-capitalist, just anti-crapitalist," the site says.// Hey ! Communists cant fit into a round hole...
Shoppers, BRING YOUR PEPPER SPRAY !!!
In 41 states the average citizen can get a permit for a concealed pistol.
Pepper spray just slaps at the problem. These OWSers need bullets.
This is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. GREAT IDEA occupiers - protest against the companies that actually employ thousands of people across the country. Hope that they fail during their most important season so they have to lay people off. Yeah, that makes sense. And news flash, if you over-charge your credit card on Black Friday that's YOUR fault. Pretty sure no 1%ers were holding a gun to your head telling you you must shop and spend money you don't have.
How about instead of shopping at Wal-Mart or Best Buy for your gifts, you take the time to go to local "Mom and Pop" stores and support your own community? They are not saying to boycott Christmas here! They are just saying that we, as responsible members of society, should choose better places to shop!
Enough of this "mom and pop shop" stuff. How about being financially responsible and buying the items you want/need at the best prices possible. If that means shopping at a locally owned business to get that price then good for that local business, if not then don't spend more than you have to just to "support local shops." If everyone in the country avoided Targets and Walmarts then all of those employees getting laid off would have a much larger effect on the economy.
This "get a job" line is just latest easy-to-parrot-back talking point of the ill-informed. If Americans took the time to do their research (like even high schoolers in Europe do), everyone would be up in arms about the state of employment in this country. Instead of launching attacks against those who are fighting FOR YOU, get informed, grow a pair and join the fight.
so, protesting other people trying to make a living during these tough times is a good way to put everybody to work? grow some brain cells - idiot!
The spoiled children of OWS don't speak for me. They've been sucking at mommmy and daddy's financial teat for all their lives, and now that they've been educated beyond their intelligence, they're throwing temper tantrums because no one wants to hire philosophy or English majors for six-figure starting salaries.
@Ryan Maybe if we worked for companies that had some social responsibility, the country wouldnt be in the mess its in! Support LOCAL businesses, and keep your dollars out of the registers of the "Big Box Stores". Stay away from Wal-Mart, Sam's Club, Fred Meyer, Costco, Best Buy, and the rest of them! Shop instead at local markets and "Mom and Pop" stores! You can still support your community (and local workers) without giving your money to an evil corporation! (what defines "evil"? Any company that pays its workers less than a living wage...Best Buy and Wal-Mart are probably the worst offenders)
The fact is boycottt Christmas and give from the heart it will turn your square heart into a round one.
So why did they pick those companies?
That's funny, I use credit cards AND I'm financially responsible. Perhaps its not the retailers, perhaps its people who need to take some fiscal responsibly. That's just my own opinion.
Again, Exactly. Learn fiscal responsiblity as a country and as individuals. Stop blaming everyone else when you overspend and can't afford to pay your mortgage/credit cards.
Devin writes, "I use a credit card and i'm responsible". Umm... news flash Devin – using a credit card period is NOT responsible... you're probably in debt presently and may not even realize it. Not purchasing items without having all of the cash for it – IS BEING RESPONSIBLE. It might be tough at first for people to do (need new cars, latest fashions, etc...), but after a while you'll live a lot better when you're financially secure and building savings.
Its not about fiscal responsibility, or jobs, or any of the other things people are saying here. Its about a system that creates wealth disparity. Its about keeping the poor, poor, and the rich, rich. The thing is, WE DONT HAVE TO COOPERATE! We have a choice when we spend! Do we buy cheap, Chinese plastic? Or a handmade gift made by a local artist? Do we shop at Wal-Mart, or at a local store? You talk of fiscal responsibility...what about the moral responsibility you have when shopping? Are you facilitating the abuse of Chinese workers and the deterioration of the US economy, or are you supporting local shop workers, artists and craftspeople? Something to think about!
LOL. I don't think they will win against the hard core shoppers. They might have a chance with the bankers, but geez, they don't they know not to get between a woman and her shopping spree!
I think we should occupy the electric company. Electricity is a human right and I should get it for free. The electric company sends bills to the hardworking 99% and prevents me from affording the iPad 2, which is far better than my iPad 1.
More losers being losers. Are these lawless worthless creeps still in the news?
they have something you WISH you had! some balls!
As someone who relies one retail to pay my bills, I depend on people spending money. My JOB depends on it.
The fact is most of the junk we buy is not worth what we pay. You have been manipulated to believe materialism matters . Go fly a kite and live a little.. Our ideology based on greed needs to change ! Yes we can , CHANGE !
Change yourself. Start by putting down your iPad and doing something useful with your over-privileged life.
i'm with you on that AJGORM. i worked for macy's as a person who traveled to purchase materials and 'samples'. First we would shop at some of the trendiest boutiques and popular retail stores. purchase clothing – have them taken apart by seamstresses and made into a pattern that we would reproduce once material to make the clothing was purchased. we then would shop the world for the cheapest material – make the item for roughly $1.50 and sell it to the public at first for $200-$400 dollars, lowering the price gradually through sales -eventually 50%-75% off (still a great profit from $1.50 cost). the public are blind mice. SICK OF MARXISTS is a great example!
If anyone was wondering when the real violence will start, stay tuned..... Bad things will happen if the occupiers try to impede those bargain hunting shoppers... They trample each other just trying to be the first ones into the store, whats gonna happen if a bunch of protesters try to keep them out?