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. Laura

    What is wrong with these people. Don't they realize there only hurting the workers. If they don't want people shopping the store will eventually close down, the employees lose their jobs. The top people are fine its just those local store workers that are now screwed over. If these people want jobs they should encourage spending, drive buses back and forth. More money in the economy means more jobs open up

    November 23, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amber

      Do you realize they are opening their doors earlier and earlier? Meaning that those workers have to come in ON THANKSGIVING just to be ready for customers? And you think that is fair??? This is why we are boycotting. Wake up

      November 23, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ti-grr

    A M E R I C A N A U T U M N

    Take heart, those of Occupy Wall Street. You are on a noble course. Your voices have been heard and joined by countless others. Like the first Americans who could no longer endure the tyranny of a British rule, you are making your concerns heard. Your worthy actions have spread like a wildfire, bringing a light and direction for real Change, for no more will Americans accept the empty rhetoric of bought and owned politicians.

    There are some who call your actions 'unorganized'. They do this in an attempt to minimize your efforts; but their devices are known and their days, as they well know, are near an end. Let their words not affect your spirit nor cloud your thinking. This event is like a melding of many elements which will come together and be forged into one mighty sword. For, as in this country's origins, those Colonists were deemed 'disorganized'. But from among those struggling Patriots arose those who became our Founding Fathers, the originators of the Declaration of Independence; and by their brave actions this Great America of the People was born.

    Your actions are a new wind that finally brings Hope to the People. But take caution. Some of those who oppose you are desperate and without conscience. The many crimes of government officials, bankers, Wall Street, Federal Reserve (not a government agency), and other corporate thievery – they may try to hide their actions by wiping clean all computer records. Protect yourselves. Keep current paper statements of your bank accounts and deposits, and proof of mortgages and other ownership of property. Trust nothing to electronic files. This will reduce any chaos of their actions, as well as effects of solar activities, now increasing.

    Be encouraged by the numbers joining your ranks. Soon, perhaps those of the Police and other agencies, who will find their invested retirement funds and pensions reduced or vanished, will join your ranks. The military too, for their lives have been spent in two wars founded on lies, and their valiant labors have been barely rewarded.

    To the students and young people: Know many of you are the children of those who resisted the Draft of the Vietnam years. They are the generation of those men and women who died in the horrors of WW2 and came back immediately to claim: No More War Ever! Through their genetics, you have inherited their bravery and other ennobling qualities. When you see parents and older ones among you, know you are in great and bold company.

    As in the days when this Country was forged – Trust in God. There is a Source (a Force, if you will), of which you are part, and which connects all living beings. When needed, ask for help to strengthen your efforts, or the inspiration to move your plans forward. And know your thoughts radiate out to others, equally strengthening and inspiring them. The Founding Fathers knew this. Follow their example and make this land a shining place once again. So be it.

    Reprints, in any media, are allowed if not edited or altered: Copyright S/T – NYC, Oct 7, 2011

    November 23, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      You sir are an idiot. And this too can be reprinted in any media.

      November 23, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Denman

      You sir, are delusional.

      November 23, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • palintwit

      @ Mike... get back in your double-wide.

      November 23, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      @palintwit is that an insult? I thought those are the people the Occupy people are trying to help and protect.

      November 23, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rsprings

      You've go to be a shill. You are probably a writer or editor for Moveon.org, the Huff post or some other left wing organization. While your comment is well written it is dead wrong. The majority of Americans have become tired of he baloney hat emanates from the OWS crowd. They are viewed as losers and misfits in society or those with extreme left wing or specialized agenda's. Attempting to make your points know by disrupting a fragile economy only serves to hurt those hey purport to represent. I am a member of the 99% and do not recognize OWS as a representative of mine.

      November 23, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • DApppp

      Time to break out the billy clubs and pepper spray!

      November 23, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Denman

    OWS – the biggest group of nitwits of the New Millenium. If you follow these people and their scatter brained ideology, you're more of a danger to society than the so-called evil 1%. Grow up and start taking responsibility for your life and the decisions you've made.

    November 23, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jlnsvfx

    Retailers are asking their employees to work more and more hours on major Holidays. They don't care about family time or the importance of Holidays. They just want more and more money!!! Botcott all retailers that open on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day!!!

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

      oh poor baby.. you just stay away. won;t want to step on your feet or anything...and give back that pc and cell phone you got by the way...

      November 23, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rod C. Venger

      Put a sock in it, Jagoff. If you ever actually held a job you'd know that most people love holiday pay more than yet another turkey dinner with the same people they've been eating turkey with for 20, 30 or 40 years. Grow a brain of your own sonny, and don't let the .0001% (OWS) make their whining a permanent fixture in your brain.

      November 23, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Rod C. Venger

    Morons. So what happens to the "Memorable times for their families" if they don't spend that money? I suppose that bailing your son or daughter out of jail could be called memorable. It'd probably be more expensive than that $199 42" flat screen too. I never go out to the Black Friday things, but if I hear of an OBF crowd nearby, I'll go...and they can feel the sting of my elbows as I make my way through the crowd.

    November 23, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jorge Sedano

    The Occupiers just hate everything... but wait they won't give up their ipads or iphones.

    November 23, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pine Scent

      They hate that everyone else has everything that they don't have...

      November 23, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. kristin

    Ows – neverending illogical fallacies of the ad hominem variety. Get a grip, get a life, get a job and grow some while you're at it.

    November 23, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. nativeConch

    So you don't like people making money? Look at your leadership...reported a bank account of over $600k. Looks like the 1% are making a lot of money for the organizers. How much of it have you seen in the tent cities?

    November 23, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Beasley

    Crapitalism = when the 99% can no longer afford to buy what the 1% produces because of how the 1% has conducted business.

    November 23, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rojopa

      Do your really think that 99% of Americans are beholding to 1%? Anyone who believe this has got to be an i d i ot!

      November 23, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob in Pa

      Speaking as nicely as I can, you are an idiot !

      November 23, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. steve harnack

    Boy, that will take some guts! There is no way that I would get between some obesely fat shoppers and their stampede to run up their credit card bill. Even people in on the stampede get flattened!

    November 23, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. SS

    Buy american made products and americans will work. Keep buying from overseas and you wind up with a bunch of people in some OWS protest while the 1% gets richer.

    November 23, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Langkard

    The problem which Occupy is trying to bring to the public's attention is that the major corporations and the wealthiest 1% have bought the system. Small businesses, which are the real engines of a sustainable economy are hurt by the ability of the corporations to spend millions buying politicians. The politicians, who know that 94% of the winners in elections are the ones with the most campaign cash, are easily bought. Small businesses and their workers can't compete with a system which is rigged by wealth and power to maintain incentives to ship jobs overseas, stagnate wages here at home and preserve a corrupt political and tax system which rewards unethical and monopolistic business practices. What the corporations and the wealthy don't get is that the end result of their temporarily profitable rush to the bottom is a country in which no one can afford to buy their products. The people that the corporations are paying $1 a day in China, Vietnam and Bangladesh to make the products certainly won't be able to buy the products. The major corporations and the wealthiest 1% are like parasites, feeding on the host until the host, and the parasite, dies. But they can't see beyond the immediate profits and the politicians they own won't do anything to fix the problem.

    November 23, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Rojopa

    Don't these pee partiers know that they are irrelevant? They do not speak or represent 99% of the people, but rather I would have to say only represent about 1%, if that. Such useful i d i ots! Nothing but a bunch of communists and marxists!

    November 23, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob in Pa

      The number is much lower than 1%.
      The problem with this whole OWS thing is that so many liberals tried to hijack the protest and paint their own face on it. It is just time to stop covering them. Maybe the donations have made a few of them 1%ers and they will just happily go away.

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

    Oh no! Americans won't know how to fill their days if they can't shop for items manufactured in other nations.

    November 23, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Andrew

    This is not a real Occupy event. It's being orchestrated by Fox News and other Conservative elements to make Occupy look bad. I've been to Zuccatti park and no one is advocating anything like this at all. There is very little, if any anger, pointed at retail corporations. The anger is directed at banks and Wall Street firms and Congress.

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