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. esoll

    Yes! I deserve to be in the 99%, life is great in the 99%. The 99% is a big range and I am happy within. I suspect many protesters are young and are starting their adult life and thinking no work is involved. The reality is! Life is difficult for someone that thinks everything is due solely because they exist. Instead of complaining, get to work, study, do whatever you can to place youself in front of the pack. It will happen, but only if you want it bad and with hard work.

    November 23, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. robert breisch

    good luck with that.The only change will come as OWS unites-meeting at wall Street and marches to Washington DC

    November 23, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. keith

    Everyone in America has the right to protest subject to the rights of others. Everyone in America can choose where they shop and what they buy. It seems that the notion of hard work for little pay and working your way up has evaporated from this group.Liberal Arts degrees arent what they used to be. On balance America provides the best opportunity for financial success with millions of success stories. If you believe in yourself you can excell but place your life in someone elses hands and you get a second hand result.

    November 23, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. /facepalm

    Drew – $7.50 an hour isnt a job? Im pretty sure id rather be making $7.50 then $0.

    Im also pretty sure id rather have these people making $7.50 an hour instead of sitting on their asses in a park collecting unemployment.

    Just because you "think" you deserve to make a lot of money doesn't mean you are qualified to make it.

    November 23, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. if

    CNN Articles are good if you are Studying Communist, Nazi's Propaganda Techniques.

    November 23, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Lilly

    Great so they want people to have a 'memorable time' with their families but they are going to interfere with those same families having a memorable time by blocking their access to the stores. Why not just ask people to boycott and then not buy anything themselves? Why do they have to obstruct people from their right to go shopping when and where they want. I wonder if they've even given a second of thought to all of those people who will lose their jobs if they try to ruin these companies? I guess though that these people are supposed to be happy to lose them so that they can get revenge on this obscure 1%. I'm a left-leaning Liberal but am embarrassed by the immaturity and thick headedness of the people allegedly representing us.

    November 23, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lucille

      I couldn't agree with you more. Very well said.

      November 23, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deathstalker

      I think you misunderstand what they are trying to do. They are not saying don’t go shopping or even that they will try and stop you from shopping on Friday. They are asking you to avoid the big main stores like Wal-Mart. And shop at the local home grown stores instead. They are asking you to support your local stores and not corporate America.

      November 23, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lilly

      Deathstalker: read the article again they are saying '"..occupying/boycotting...". Regardless, in their zeal for immediate revenge, they could be putting tens or hundreds of thousands of people out of work in the US and other countries, probably way more than that. Instead of the usual pigheaded, 'man the ramparts' ideology I wish the Occupy movement would take the time to think about consequences, other people and the larger picture. If they want to do something for future generations then they need some level heads to prevail and plan this out for the long term. At present it just seems like everyone just wants something for themselves. I'm part of the 99% and agree with some of the principles of the movement but they don't represent me so I want nothing to do with the current, leaderless, rudderless barge. I didn't vote for any of these people so I don't want them representing me.

      November 23, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Capt Phil Harris


    November 23, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jerome

    @Ellen – So you want people to boycott your store, then your employers don't make the money they need to pay you, so in order to maintain their lively-hood, they have to make cut backs (meaning they fire your ass), and now you're totally jobless. Yes, very smart. You know what I did when I had trouble finding a good position as an IT? I started my own company. Now I make $90 – $135 an hour. Learn to think outside the box. Idiot.

    November 23, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joel Miller

    Great move by Occupy. They show how the real money in retail is made by the banks via credit cards. And holiday retail shopping does little for American workers unless they're the minimum wage workers who work in malls. It used to be that holiday shopping meant an increase in manufacturing jobs but now the banks make money whether the toys, shoes, appliances and clothes you buy are made in China or India.

    November 23, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. I am OWS

    And I am retarded.

    November 23, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • trigtwit palin... America's favorite tard baby

      So am I !!!!

      November 23, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. stay home you wackos

    I think we should find a way to sue them if they are in the way of shoppers looking for a good deal. We should complain to the security people and if needed call the police. What pests they are!!

    November 23, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deathstalker

      I do not think they will try to stop people from going shopping they are just saying that people should not go shopping on this day. Blocking one or two stores is going to do little to no good when there are millions all over America. It’s a general boycott that will do little good. Most people know if they want to buy any of these products they have been wanting all year or for a gift the best day to buy is Friday. I would like to see more of the local stores get a larger portion of the business though. I think that the movement has the right idea boycott the big stores and support the local stores. Do I think its going to work this year?? No but maybe if they get big enough and popular enough next year it will actually give some of the big wigs a little wake up call.

      November 23, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. QS

    Sometimes opening peoples' eyes to what's happening makes those people angry....so be it.

    All Black Friday does is prove that corporations and the 1% have us all running like lemmings to feed off their table scraps.

    November 23, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • SoddenEye

      Oooooo you're so quizical and know so much about it. It's economics. That's all it is. Owners of these retail stores got their for a reason and now you're going to trash that individuals lifetime work just to send a message? That's terrible.

      November 23, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • QS

      No, what's terrible is people who use "their" instead of "there". But I suppose people who can't be bothered by correct spelling must be waaay too busy to be bothered by the continued abuse of the majority by the minority. But don't worry, we'll still fight for you even if you refuse to open your eyes.

      November 23, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Deathstalker

    They have a point. Not sure how much good it will do though. I honestly don’t think stores make that much money on black Friday though. The prices are cut quite a bit it is almost like a freebee to the consumer for the other 364 days of the year. Then again I could be wrong and the stores could still bring in huge profits off this gimmick.

    November 23, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jason

    I wonder if a right wing friend of mine isnt correct. Too many of these protesters have decided to join because it looks cool to sit in. They are no longer using the smart meaningful strategies that would create outcomes, like marching on the Supreme Court, or the House side of Congress. If they just want to play it safe, they no longer represent my liberal views. However that doesnt mean I agree that police brutality is OK, or that the protesters should pay the abusers back for their troubles. Thats illogical nonsense.You never saw concentration camp survivors paying back their keepers. Let the P i gs eat the cake.

    November 23, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sick of Marxists

      Here's the lunatic left mindset in all its glory: expecting deadbeats to get jobs and pay their bills is on par with putting people in concentration camps and murdering them.

      Your "rightwing friend" isn't much of a friend if he hasn't taken a 2×4 and at least tried to beat some of the stupid out of you.

      November 23, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  15. TheHozer

    I manage and have been managing shopping centers of all kinds for over thirty years. What most of these miscreants do not understand is that a retail site is considered private property. As such, they are subject to arrest or expulsion or both at the whim of the property owner/manager. It's not like occupying a downtown setting.

    In fact, I am going to my property now to see if any of this non-sense is taking place. If it is, you know what I'm going to do. Maybe I'll be on CNN!

    November 23, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
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