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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Filed under: Business • Economy • Holidays • Occupy Wall Street • Protest • Thanksgiving
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  1. Sean M

    This is what happenes when you go into a long economic down turn and nobody has a way out. Congress cant even balance a budget. The president allows some people with underwater mortg a way out but thats for a small amount. When people are in bad times and there is no light at the end of the tunnel this is what you get. This would all be fixed in one day if we had real representation in Washington helping to get those back to work that need it. theres always going to be a top 1-2% thats why its called the American dream not the American process. You maybe in the "99%" now but if this country gets its act together maybe not you but you're kids and grandchildren may just realize that Dream.

    November 23, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  2. Veronica13

    Let's not forget that people are actually paid to comment in certain directions in order to sway public opinion.

    November 23, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  3. Dan

    I see more arrests coming for them. They have the right to protest. They do not have the right to infringe on other people's rights. People have the right to go to work where they want. People have the right to do their Christmas shopping where they want. If they try to impede people's access to these retailers they will be in violation of the law and arrested.

    November 23, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  4. Alang

    Maybe at least they'll keep the flash mobbing thieves out.

    November 23, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  5. PCH

    It's pretty stupid.....most of these Retail Stores hired extra people to help out at Christmas. I'm guessing a lot of the extra people were previously unemployed and now have jobs, even if the pay isn't great, it's usually better than unemployment. These people who are going to boycott this are not making anything better for anyone. They are hurting more than helping. Maybe they should try to do something useful or get organized, instead of acting like a mob scene. I agree with most people that are saying that when they protest outside businesses, and block streets in downtown cities, it hurts just about everyone, and mostly hurts the 99% that are trying to get to work on time to save their jobs, or tyring to get home on time, and hurts the businesses where people either don't want to go anywhere near the group, and avoid going into the stores around the area....so, how does any of that help in any way ???

    November 23, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • CuriousG

      I agree, my wife had been out of work for a little over a year but recently started working seasonal at a retail store. It isn't top pay but we are not complaining (well not too much), we are grateful for it. I certainly do not want the help of the Occupy group. We need to work to but food and pay for housing. I don't agree with camping out on city property, using city utilities for free and avoiding working for a living.

      November 23, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  6. Glades2

    Just a suggestion – if these people do NOT want to alienate millions of Americans, they better not interfere with Friday's sales, because if they do, they will essentially put an end to their cause – just a suggestion...

    November 23, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  7. seander01

    I've been pretty supportive of Occupy Wall Street (and occupy everything else), but I think this goes too far. Unlike Wall Street, these stores are actually making products and sell them. Wall St. just makes lies and sells those. There's a difference, and this doesn't make much sense to me. I don't think it will be helpful. If people who are struggling financially can take advantage of the Black Friday sales, by all means, that's what they should do. I do, however, side with those against starting Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving day (or in the middle of the night), as everyone deserves the holiday, regardless of what kind of job they hold or how much money they make.

    November 23, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • P-Dawg

      None of those stores "make" anything. The majority if not all of their inventory is made in China or other countries. They just sell it, and keep American made goods off their shelves (ah hmm, Wal-Mart..).

      November 23, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  8. Bill Mosby

    Helping to impede the economy helps the 99% how exactly?

    November 23, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Veronica13

      Ever hear of worker's rights?

      November 23, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. the_dude

    If I can't go to the retailer how can I get my iPhone and various hoodies and such to go to the protests?

    November 23, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  10. tina

    I am part of the 99% but I disagree with Occuping Black Friday. By doing this, the Occupy movement is not hurting the 1% by their actions. They are hurting the 99%. If profits go down, then that means they will lay off workers, that are part of the 99%. The Occupy movement needs to think outside of their group and think of how this affects the workers they are going to hurt with their actions.

    November 23, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  11. JK

    Just like Herman Cain says, "If you are not rich or you don't have a job it's your own fault." ... I know lots of people who have lost their job and it is NOT their fault. And people who work three jobs just to be poor. Cain is a paumpus jerk!

    November 23, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  12. David

    WE are the 98% who aren't out there Occupying, and WE say, "Focus, people! FOCUS!"

    November 23, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  13. mike

    We have been living a delusion. There is no Santa Clause. Santa is really a big fat CEO with his powerful red suit on and his elf’s are really little Asian kids in sweatshops around Asia. His sled is actually a big Wall mart supply ship heading are way

    November 23, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  14. Brouhard

    Done trying to help the OWS crowd understand they are tearing down the machine that let's them have their Starbucks and iPads. Life here in the US is not perfect but is very good compared to the rest of the world.......or compared to our grandparents world for that matter. Our "poor" today have more than my parents did in 1970....yet our overindulged youth today feel they are not "getting theirs", so they want to break the machine.

    See today's story on Cairo. Get rid of the King...a new (and most often more dangerous) King takes his place. Knock yourselves out OWS.....You will be disappointed when you win and will long for the luxuries you enjoy today.

    November 23, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • CuriousG

      Well said Brouhard. Just the other day, a homeless man was at the traffic light asking for money. But he was on his cell phone! I guess he needs for money to get an unlimited data plan or something.

      November 23, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  15. John

    Soooo... they're going to stand outside of these stores naked, without cell phones the whole day? Seeing how they're going against clothes retailers and cell phone companies...

    But yes, this makes perfect sense- let's impede the freedom of the other people that want to go on with their daily lives and not b**** and complain about not working hard enough

    November 23, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
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