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. Ben

    You are the 99% that is sick of the 99%.... why does it seem like the 99% is populated by idiots and fools.

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

      Maybe because you are privileged that's why Ben.

      November 23, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • clay

      because ben, those people are APART of the 99% not THE 99% and dont speak for the majority of the people who supposedly fall into the 99%. Don't judge the lower and middle classes for something a few thousand people say or do.

      November 23, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • haywood jablome

      It seems that way Ben....because they are idiots and fools!

      November 23, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • jim

      Straight numbers. Any block of 99% will most likely contain a large percentage of idiots, fools or flakes.

      November 23, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patricksday

      Your judgement blinds you of the many faces of this movement and all walks of life, not radical right conservatives of course they dont get their hands dirty not even for Saving America from the runaway GREED addictions.

      November 23, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • hardworker

      Ben, I agree. I think it is more like 5% are the ones who are out there claiming to be 99%. 99% of the people I know work hard for their dollars, pay their bills, pay their credit cards on time and pay their taxes so the so called "99%" can be on welfare. I am not rich, I live within my means. I have been on food stamps as have my children in the past, but worked hard to provide for ourselves. I have been married for 19 years, own a home with a mortgage I pay each month, and don't feel like I should be qualified as a 1% person because I earn a living. They need to get out and look for work, or create their own businesses.

      November 23, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • MadHatter

      I can answer that. Cause no one is ever as reasonable or smart as I am. It's much easier to let others do my thinking for me. (choke) It must be everyone elses fault because obviously the Trumps and Gates of the world have decided that they actually must keep everyone else from making money (removes tongue from cheek) I mean they have absolutely nothing better to do. – More seriously – The very basic fact is publically traded companies want you to have more money so you can spend more money. But I for 1 am not giving up a dime of the money I earn because someone else thinks it's unfair that I make more.

      November 23, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • SS

      ben...You are correct. About 90% of the 99% are.

      November 23, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • steve505

      Maybe because that is exactly what the mainstream media is portraying them to be? Gee, could it be that the greatest source of misinformation in this country is helping to shape people's opinions of those who are protesting??

      November 23, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      Because you are an idiot and a fool.

      November 23, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      because it is

      November 23, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      Actually they are the 1% of the 99%. Most of us know that throwing a tantrum is not the way to earn support or make a positive difference.

      November 23, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • popseal

      The IQ of 55% of the general population is below 95...............

      November 23, 2011 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • jeff G


      November 25, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mav2

    I'll be shopping on Black Friday – if not for the deals on clothes, no-one would be getting anything for Christmas this year.

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

    And the great thing is, the top 1% has never had a greater champion than Newt Ginrich, why even dig him up and tighten to bolts on his neck?? LOL It would be suicide for the GOP to nominate that old troll.

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

      Romney is their real champion. After all, he's the guy who tried to tell a campaign audience that "corporations are people." The rest are corporate tools too, but they're flaky and tend to be religious nuts, which makes corporation nervous. Romney is a religious nut too, but he's also a Gordon Gecko wannabe, which makes him the perfect corporate tool.

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

    Makes me think of spoiled children with ADD as OWS morphs into OW (Occupy Walmart)

    November 23, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. rj

    this would be a good idea to hand out flyers. Of course mall security will tell you to leave the private property but you could still just walk thru with one of those sandwich signs. The idea would be to promote discussions and boycott if you want. I think they need to rethink their position.

    November 23, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Holden

    I can't believe I actually am going to side with the Occupiers on this one... but then again there was no way in hell I was going shopping on Friday any way.

    November 23, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jack NYC

    Most among the OWS movement are not against profit. They are against this obscene amount of profit companies are making. They are against companies that put profit before humans. Profit for profit's sake. When I was growing up we had wealthy people in our town but their wealth was earned and not exorbiitant. They made maybe 3 or 4 times what the middle/working class earned. Now we have wealthy making 20 or 30 times what everyone else is making. And they are running companies into the ground. They claim this is to attract the "best and the brightest." Please, don't insult my intelligence. The best and brightest. Makes me laugh. Something is definitely wrong here.

    November 23, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jaspian

    Because of StopBlackFriday, I've decided not only to shop on Black Friday (I was going to skip it this year), but I'm going to end my boycott of Wal Mart because of their anti-union stance, and I'm going to buy tons of stuff I wasn't planning to get before.

    StopBlackFriday = Fail

    November 23, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Huh

      Nice to see someone who runs on raw emotions with no grasp of logical thought. That'll teach those pesky protesters!

      Look forward to watching you cut me off in the future because you didn't like the brand of my car. Yup, you're that guy.

      November 23, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ronjon

    Everyone of these moron has a big box cell phone and outrageous monthly bill. They should cancel service and throw the phones away – that'll show em. Who ever they are.

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

      That's an awfully dense statement. Apparently to be "qualified" in your eyes they must be living without any mass produced possessions. Of course then you'd just discount them calling them dirty hippies...

      November 23, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dov

    Cmon people it's simple math:
    Free trade= cheap imports= dumping=oversaturation
    = business failures= lost jobs= many unemployed and/or
    Unhappy people

    November 23, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      That's more a variable assignment than it is simple math. Just saying.

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

    HEY RAYTAHDAD TEABAGGERS!!! They are saying to BUY LOCALLY not to just stop shopping!

    November 23, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • jbyrds

      won't the local places just get bigger until they are just like the places being boycotted?

      November 23, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      So empolyees at places like Walmart should give up their jobs?

      November 23, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Rsprings

    HOW CRAZY IS THIS>>>>>In Los Angles the Mayor is negotiating with the OWS crowd camped out at city hall. He is listening to their demands so he can get them to move to a new location...Guess what he is proposing..THIS IS NOT A JOKE...renting the OWS people a vacant city building or property for $1 per year to give them a place to go. How Looney is that once he does he begins to legitimize this movement. Also, what do you think the "new" neighbos will have o say.? The Mayor should be kicked in the butt for such a dumb idea. I say send in the police to move them or arrest them.

    November 23, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Toaster

      Well thats California for ya... FILLED with wackos and their "ideas"

      November 23, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chasingkendra

    "Occupiers" are hypocrites. They attack corporations and then take pictures on their cellphones...made by one of the biggest corporations in the world, Apple...post it on Youtube...owned by a multi billion dollar coporation Google and pitch tents made by multi-billion dollar a year profit camping companies. Hey Occupiers, even the alcohol you're drinking while "protesting" at your camp is made by mulit billion dollar earning companies that you consider the 1%. The stuff you buy from mom & pop stores comes from a BIG COPORATION. The buses you ride, the cars you drive, the cell networks you use, the Tweets you make...ALL BIG CORPORATION OWNED!

    November 23, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • VoxVerum

      They are protesting corporations' influence in Washington toolbag!

      November 23, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amber

      The only way to communicate these days is to buy something from a corporation. Almost everything is produced by one...are you kidding me? There is no escaping it unless you live off the grid...which cost a lot of money as it is right now. We are stuck...why the hell do you think we are protesting? Its all we have left! ...pay attention and stop pointing fingers. Grow up a little and stop judging others.

      November 23, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. llistenhard

    Wow...Karl Marx would be proud. Take from the top and distribute among the people. Be careful of "isms" they will rob you of your liberty.

    November 23, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Capitalism

      It's running amok.

      November 23, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. SS

    I don't support the occupy movement, T-bags, republicans or the Obama socialism club. There is no way I'll be out in that feeding frenzy. I do support my fellow Americans jobs by trying to buy American made products. (getting harder to do) Look and see where the products were made that are being sold by the underpaid employees of these retailers. Lots of people can't afford to have a happy holiday season because Americans are killing, pushing, and shoving each other to spend money on products made overseas. Don't blame politicians and don't blame the companies for what the American public did. YOU BOUGHT THE CHEEP IMPORTS, live with the results and quit crying and pointing fingers. Yes, I am talking to you! That is where unemployment here comes from. It happens when people quit buying products a company makes and they have lay-offs.

    For America's financial wows, I blame the citizens that would not buy American made products.

    The people of this country made their own bed......well...you know the rest...

    November 23, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Go ahead

      And pick up an economics OR history book. See where economic isolationism gets you. The problems we face can not be solved by a single idea, and in fact, your proposal would make things worse in the long run.

      November 23, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
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