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. JJ

    Because they care about job right? This is how you look for work? This is no movement

    November 23, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  2. ajgorm

    The point is we have hit the economic tipping point even china has slowed we have met demand. It now is economic war. Wait another year then you will agree we must use consumerism to fight this war to keep our place in society economically or purse pulls strings to get things done right...We can not be left behind. If you cant understand what consumerism means to our poor then you might think twice about supporting your economic enemy !

    November 23, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  3. Sharon

    I guess next they will "occupy" the grocery stores because people eat so much food on Thanksgiving.

    November 23, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  4. Clinton

    I say this is a great idea! Occupy needs to disrupt shopping in this country! First of all, Americans are buying goods that are not even made here! What is up with that?

    November 23, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Ummm ... It's called a global economy.

      You're a good example of pure stupidity.

      November 23, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Kana

      The reason most consumer items are made over seas is because we want to pay low prices for disposable products. The majority of consumer products are designed to not be repairable.
      Unfortunately it is cheaper to manufacture and ship products to the US than it is to actually produce things here.
      Corporations don't want to pay the high cost of American labor (wages, benefits, pension, etc) as it has an impact on their total revenue. The execs wouldn't be able to get their inflated over-rated compensation packages. After all it's their compensation packages where they make money. Their actual salary is considerably low.

      November 23, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • James

      Where can you buy goods that AREN'T made overseas? You have to provide an alternative before you stop people from getting the status quo. Go protest the import laws that make it profitable to outsource labor, DO NOT hassle ordinary people, that is the quickest way to turn the general population against you. The majority of folks are sick of your crap, even those of us who are still ticked off at wall street. The protest has lost all focus and seems to have the attention span of a gnat.

      November 23, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Karla

    We are NOT anti-capitalist, just anti-crapitalist," the site says. No you'll just stupiddddddd....

    November 23, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • English

      No you'll just stupid

      November 23, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • James

      "you'll" just stupid?


      November 23, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  6. MeToo

    The "Occupy" / "Boycott" seems like when Global "warming" turned to "Climate Change" -

    Will always be true.

    If lots of people show up, it's Occupy. If no protesters – then hey ... we did say "Occupy" / "Boycott".

    November 23, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  7. minus_human

    Your mom is

    November 23, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  8. Reality Check

    @ barkallnight –> These companies hire people. If you can find the ratio of people they hire compared to the people that lose their jobs as a result of them opening up in a small town, please feel free to post. I live in a small town that was dominated by local businesses. Before Wal-Mart came, the owners of them small local businesses lived a lavish lifestyle and made a lot of money. So what you are saying is, this is alright, because the biggest fact of the matter is that they buy local. The owners of these small local stores reflect the same image as the "1%". After Wal-Mart came to our town, things remained the same. Non of the local businesses shut down, and people were thrilled by the savings that they could take advantage of at Wal-Mart. our community was not destroyed, and the world keeps turning. And evading taxes through oversea bank accounts? Man you gotta stop living in the twilight zone and clear your head. You'e listened to way too much of the so-called "99%" propaganda. It really is simple to look at: People consume products and services, and people produce products and services. Those that use have to spend to do so, and those that produce receive compensation in return for it. Since the beginning of time, value has exchanged hands in many different forms, but for most of recorded history, that value exchange was through currency. Obviously, those who produce and sell are going to make more money than those who don't. So what is the underlying problem here, except for jealousy? Get a job and shuffle back into mainstream society like the rest of us, or keep embarrassing yourselves to the point where your message has lost all meaning and nobody likes you...you're not far away from that.

    No these companies actually put people out of work. You have to look at the big picture. They also destroy communities and evade taxes by the use of overseas bank accounts.

    November 23, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  9. Toxic Zebra

    "Directionless" is a good explainer, Pointless, senseless also describe the "movement." Totally lacking in principle – In this great country one rebels only against one's own freedoms.

    November 23, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |

    Go occupy a job.

    November 23, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • palintwit

      Don't look now Jethro, but someone is trying to hotwire your tractor.

      November 23, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  11. Gary

    If these folks just did a little bit of research, they'd see that the top 1% has about the same portion of wealth as the top 1% did 100 years ago. This is nothing new. Jealousy will not get you anywhere. Work hard and you too can someday be in the top 1%. BTW, to be considered in the top 1% tax bracket (by income) is only around $365,000/yr. Average 1% incode is around $980,000/yr. This isn't so much of a stretch for dual income educated couples in large cities.

    November 23, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  12. Bryce

    Please go to your Mom and Pop store and pay 50% more for that item. You will then be as dumb as the OWS people.

    November 23, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  13. reality

    The one percent who are claiming to represent the 99% are free to not buy anything.

    If they occupy a store and try to prevent me from buying anything they will get 100% of my foot where the sun don't shine.

    I just bought 4 items from Amazon, going to buy a 5th right now.
    I love Abercrombie and Fitch, shirts that are made for men who possess a 6-pack not a beer belly.

    November 23, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  14. PK

    I guess no one in the occupy movement has ever taken a basic economics class...

    November 23, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Sick of Marxists

      They were too busy taking PolSci 203 "Marxist Theory" and PolSci 365 "Revolutionary Struggles" and Phil 499 "Navel-gazing until you find someone to pay for grad school"

      November 23, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  15. hughjurgan

    Okay,this is going to be fun to watch. If OWS gets in the way of Soccer Mom who is trying to get Black Friday sale items it is GOING TO BE ON. It is going to get ugly and very entertaining. I am so excited, I have never anticipated Thanksgiving so much in my life. It feels like Christmas LOL.

    November 23, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • PK

      Seriously... trample each other just trying to get into the store first... Its gonna real well when some protester in dreads tries to keep them from going in at all.........

      November 23, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
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