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. Ted

    I agree with the occupy movement ,but why are you confronting retail stores where other people like them have jobs? Kind of misguided in this case.Although I can understand boycotting things from China and Walmart.That I understand.Walmart needs to buy there stuff from American manufacturers.

    November 23, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chris

    I am part of the 99%. But unlike these protestors, I am employed and have a 401k. I say SHOP TIL you DROP! The economy needs the boost. MY 401k needs the boost! Since our elected officials have decided to stick their heads in the sand and hope the economy will fix itself, it's up to us 99% with jobs to spend a bit to help ourselves out. Happy Thanksgiving and a very black black friday!

    November 23, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. RIP

    Brilliant! Hurt the major employers to the 99%. Layoffs in time for Christmas. Love love love this movement.

    November 23, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. rebel angel

    I was all for this movement in terms of yes we need to stand up to the government. But I don't agree with how they are doing it now because they are hindering the working people instead of helping them right now. They want to target the big businesses making money but leave the small businesses alone because of credit card use? That's a hippocritic statement! They need to protest the credit card company not the businesses (if the statements they made are what they are protesting against). Lately it almost seems like they are just protesting to protest. Someone is gonna get hurt or killed this holiday season bc of all this protesting. It's busy enough as it is without the occupy people (who aren't trying to get a job otherwise they wouldn't have time to do this).

    November 23, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • rebel angel

      and someone brought up the other point I wanted to mention. Don't you have to be late on your credit card bills before the percentage rate applies? If that's the case (i don't have a credit card yet) then the people who use them need to be responsible enough to know how to use them and pay the bill on time. Don't get mad at the high interest rate. You wouldn't have to pay it in the first place if you were responsible and that's probably what's going on with these Occupy people. They were irresponsible with their money and now they want to protest whoever they can protest against for a mistake that was made by them. That's a lot of it

      November 23, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • DeniseG

      "Don't you have to be late on your credit card bills before the percentage rate applies?"

      Nope. We made payments on time, made above the minimum payment due, didn't carry an outrageous credit limit and the credit card company was still trying to jack up our interest rates. After the 3d time of calling them and telling them about it, we paid it off and have rejected every card offer they send us.

      November 23, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. idonteven

    I'm thinking the person who started this "idea" for OWS has never worked in retail in their life. I do not think they understand the mentality of people that have been waiting in a cold line for over a day or longer and what will happen to the protestors that block them from their item they are hoping for.

    There are always cases of a death on Black Friday, if this goes through I'm sure the actual "99%" will take care of the "99% Protestors" in the best way they know how.

    November 23, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. David

    Okay so let just do a little math. 20 occupiers vs 1000 shoppers looking to get the hot item before it runs out.....Lets see what happens

    November 23, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Boris Hadenuf

    Hmmm ... prevent goods and services being traded, when that is exactly what the economy needs right now. Riiiiiiiiight.

    November 23, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Have a job

    I will be opening a factory soon, all OWS protestors who want a job can have one. It will be a green foods factory (by green food I mean soylent green, and by have a job I mean be the ingredients).

    November 23, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. palintwit

    I'm not understanding why Sarah Palin ( America's favorite gadfly ) hasn't weighed in on this yet?

    November 23, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • jennifer

      she is probably asleep in one of those protesters tents..zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

      November 23, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • bwp88


      November 23, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • tpbco

      Still scared of her, eh?

      Bigger questions, where is the obama in all this ?

      Still on vacation, blaming someone else.

      November 23, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. CdnJim

    Now they've done it. Weren't they a lot less annoying tening in the parks, but oh-no! You had to kick them out of the parks and so they had to come up with another way to protest. The fun thing about this one, is that all of us who had jobs and couldn't go camp in a park, can get right behind this one. I for one will not spend a dime at a corporately traded company this season...and not use a credit card! I'm looking forward to a great old-fashioned Christmas! Thank you OWS – Great idea!

    November 23, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUSure

      When you do pick the stores you will shop at... will you be driving there in a car manufactured by Ford, GM, Chrysler or some import? Will you be using gas from BP, Mobil, Exxon, etc? Duh.

      November 23, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • barbar451

      I don't have to boycott any stores this season. I don't have enough money to buy anything. I am 65 yrs old and have worked every day of my adult life. I pay taxes every year, never get a refund. I have given everything to this country short of my life, and women cannot go into combat, and I get kicked to the curb because they want to cut medicare and social security. I have paid into social security all my life. The people in congress want to cut the benefits for the working class while the congress have their retirement and health care secure for the rest of their life. Do you really think that is fair?

      November 23, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Real American

    The LAZY will ALWAYS be LAZY.
    THey would rather criticize you than do something themselves.
    They will be the FIRST in line to benefit from your efforts.

    November 23, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • jennifer

      what the heck does that mean??

      November 23, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Real American

      educate yourself and find out.

      November 23, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • jennifer

      So what you are saying is you don't know correct? I asked a question. if you are going to post something..then I would think you would be able to back something up..clearly..you are part of the ows..all talk but no substance..thanks 🙂

      November 23, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      Yes, because sitting on your a$$ while th rest of us work for a living is a real "go-getter" mentality. Pack up your stuff, and go work. i HATE that you try and represent me as an American. Many of the "99%" think you are all incredibly annoying and dumb. Get off our streets and get a job.

      November 23, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • tpbco

      His "actions' are being a cheerleader sheep.

      November 23, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. mkl

    God Bless Them – Speaker Nancy Pelosi

    November 23, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Stupidity

    hey 1%(so called 99%) – the very place we are discussing and the publisher of this aritcle is a corporation whose executives are making millions. CNN and the like will pinch the baby and rock the cradle. So dont be stupid, just because your ows is published in CNN, means that CNN supports you LOL at the ignorance

    November 23, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. The Dude

    Hmmmmm..... Apple shows record profits but I bet you won't find one 99% "occupying" or protesting an Apple store.

    November 23, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jennifer

    I don't get OWS. if sales are high it stimulates the economy..if it stimulates the economy..eventually there will be more jobs... man these sniveling little whiners.. just go to school please and learn something.. this is sooooo boring to watch these folks whine at this point.

    November 23, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • barbar451

      If you would bother to investigate who these occupiers are, you would find that most of them posses college degrees and post grad degrees. The problem is that spending money makes the corporations rich and they outsource their manufacturing overseas. They do not create jobs here in the US. And if a job is created here, it pays 7.00 an hour. No one can live on that wage in this country. Two gallons of gas cost more than they would make in an hour. Think about it. Corporations make billions of dollars in profits while they do all of their manufacturing out of the country and don't pay taxes to the US for the money they make outside the country. They take that money and pay the top execs. Investigate

      November 23, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • tpbco


      Most have college AND post grad degrees? You are either lying, stoopid or hopeless naive.

      November 23, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
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