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. Ali Hart

    Funny. Based on sentence structure and spelling errors, it seems the OWS folks don't have the intellectual means to pose a strong argument for, or even worse, understand the message they are putting forth.

    November 23, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JimG

    As long as they line up at the back of the line like everyone else, they're welcome to try. Just don't ruin it for everyone else and be hygieninc about it all, dont be a nuisance for everyone, and all be be fine with the world.

    November 23, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Buzz

    The difference between jealousy and envy wasn't always clear to me. Now it is.

    November 23, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Barry

    This is truly ridiculous...

    At the start, I thought OWS could be on to something. I followed it and listened,

    Unfortunately, they never really developed a point, and have disintegrated into a hacky sack kicking "fight the man" bunch of lamers.

    November 23, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Michael

    Notice how they don't list APPLE as a company to boycott...I bet the majority of the protestors have iPhones...

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

      Apple must be considered a local company.

      November 23, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. HC

    The more you trample on the rights of others, the harder it will be for you.

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

    What about Apple?

    November 23, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. superfudge1

    The stupidity of OWS never ends....There is never a short supply of stupid people in the world.

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

      Amen to that! I'll have my pepper spray at the ready if anyone tries to block me from doing what I want on Friday.

      November 23, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bev

    Think about this! This is THE day for retailers. But who is really going to be hurt if ows blocks the shoppers? Do you really think it is going to be the so-called 1%? It's not. If retailers don't make their goals, the first thing they do is to cut payroll, to a bare minimum if they have to. If that doesn't work, then they close stores. So the people who get hurt here are those making a little more than minimum wage to put food on their table for their families. OWS can make all the noise they want, but they do not have the right to interfere with the rest of us as we try to go about our daily lives. They are NOT the 99% because they are not supported by most of us out here trying to make it in today's world. They are is flunkies being played by the unions.

    November 23, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. superfudge1

    OWS won't be happy until there is no economy, simply because they don't understand capitalism and how it has made us the greatest nation on the earth.

    November 23, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • clay

      capitalism also has made us the most indebted country on earth.

      November 23, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maurice

      That is subjective, however it has become something way different, far from the free enterprise economy that we are always told it is, which it is NOT, and just because a nation is capitalist doesn't mean that the people should sit around musing about the smell of some celebrities crap, while their politicians are bought by the richest people and ALL laws that are passed or blocked are done so SOLELY to maximize profits for corporations.

      November 23, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Sue9999

    This is just plain silly. Guess I'll be forced to shop online and use one of this high-interest credit cards. If I went to a Big Box store, I'd pay cash. Go do something useful and occupy DC, or if you can't make it there at least camp outside your local representative or senators office. Either party, doesn't matter they are equally as corrupt. They are the ones that set up the regulations that impact the 1%. Then maybe I could take this whole thing seriously. I hate shopping Black Friday, can't stand the crowds. This may actually make me hit the local Wally Mart or Best Buy!

    November 23, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. NoTax

    OWS are best Obama supporters

    November 23, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jeffrey Taylor

    Only a idiot fights with other idiots on Black Friday anyway.

    November 23, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. superfudge1

    OWS = Obama's children.

    November 23, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Aaron

    the problem is small business retails name brand products.. when i go to buy a camera, I dont want Tom and Harry brand I want Nikkon because I know Nikkon makes a great product. Wal mart really does sell stuff cheaper than small business, but a lot of the time the product is garbage. All that said, I think its terrible what corporate america has done to our national holidays. It used to be about family, now its about materialistic sharecropping.

    November 23, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
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