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. kevin

    just my opinion don't rag please. if you think about it the 1% is keeping wealth in the united states because i think the average person will not pay the extra to get a made in the USA product than a made in China or etc. I agree that they have managed to corrupt the system but why boycott them if no one buys anything then the economy fails and we go into a depression. Shouldn't we look at history the Bolshevik thought they were doing the right thing but turns out it leads to Stalin. Just a though.t think before posting?

    November 23, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Brian

    I am part of the 99%. I decide when, where and how I shop. The OWS is trying to tell the 99% how to think and feel. I think I will work for a living and be happy with what I have instead of losing sleep that Bill Gates has more than me and pays attention to him morth than me.

    November 23, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Nat Reader

    All these protesters are college students who have no jobs, are supported by their parents and are just making it harder for the working class to work. The real 99% are working their tails off and do not have time to "Occupy"

    November 23, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • clay

      false....there are plenty of people in OWS who arent in college.

      November 23, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • jerryc

      Yeah Clay, the mentally ill , druggies,and homeless.

      November 23, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Luke A, Brooklyn

    This is a new benchmark in the continual line of insane ideas from the OWS movement. By boycotting these retailers and discouraging shoppers, not only will people with less money and, therefore, less options have a place to shop, those employed by those retailers will be laid off when quarterly profits (not a dirty word, btw) drop. As for the employees, many are employed only part-time for the holiday season doing low-skilled labor which doesn't require much education to perform. Many full-time employees are valued greater, earning more than $7.50 per hour and afforded in many cases at least a partial benefits plan.

    November 23, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Howdy Doody

    You cant see how bad things are from the Media you have to search for videos on the net about what is happening on wall street....for example if you go to you tube you can see that it really is pretty violent and these people mean what they say and they know what they are talking about....the media is giving us only a superficial account.

    November 23, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. NoBama

    When I read the comments left by the so called "99%", all I see is complete ignorance. It is sad to watch them believe in their protest.
    They have been professionally misdirected by Obama, Van Jones and the Marxists gang. Sad, very sad.

    November 23, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. The real 99%

    This proves every criticism that I've ever had of Occupy Wall Street. So their point is that we should occupy some of the biggest employers in the country, because the credit card companies get rich from people buying stuff they cant afford? What a joke.

    November 23, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. vrl

    this is stupid–no one makes people waste money on things they don't need. I'm a student and I work in a major retailer. I see exactly how much money people waste on usually nonessential items, and I see how rude those 99% people are and how gluttonous. The corporations give the masses of people what they demand.

    November 23, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Confused in Boston

      So let me see if I have this straight from all the very wise posts here. I work a part-time, seasonal job for 7.50 an hour to help my family get by and this is not a job because it only pays 7.50. I should allow a bunch of upset, unemployed occupiers block access to the store I work in so that I might join them in being upset and unemployed. Does the alleged 99% camped out across the country realize how many of the real 99% will be adversley effected by this non-thought-out, maronic plan? Lets keep those of us who have a job from working so we can join the unemployed and increase the numbers lying about public space coming up with these inane plans.

      November 23, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |

  9. Wow they've had it now! They think they are goin to take on these shopping gals? Hahhaa the Occupy people will think being sprayed with pepper spray a walk on the park after these shoppers get a hold of them. They will get the crap beat out I them i they get in the way of those crazed shoppers!
    Finally a way to beat down the protestors! I hope it is televised!!!

    November 23, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. len

    So...time to get the popcorn out and watch the news. Those old ladies are going to mob the protestors to get to their deals. LOL

    November 23, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • thierryjtaule

      i know this should be interesting.

      November 23, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • thierryjtaule

      Stop buying stuff at all these places and they will go away.....but NO Americans want cheap cheap cheap.! You sow what you reap America. SO STOP YOUR COMPLAINING.

      November 23, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Brian

    While the OWS occupies Black Friday, let's let the rest of us occupy their moms' basements so they have no place to return to afterwards:)

    November 23, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Chief

    The people of OWS do not seem to realize just how good they have it here. If they feel that things are not right in the United States they can feel free to move to some other country where they think that things are better. I suggest Greece or Egypt since things seem to be so great there.

    November 23, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dale

      How about North Korea, I hear the reeducation camp are great place for free stuff.

      November 23, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      I was once of this opinion; that there was no place better than the USA, and for some peirod of time it was true, but no longer. Then I traveled. The quality of life is much higher in many other countries. I suppose it's all relative; if you come from Somalia or Cambodia, this is a paradise, but if you are from France or Italy, or the northern European counties – this is a horrible place with no social rights, generally inadequate educational systems, and backward views. We are viewed as people who are slaves to work and worry. We were once a beacon of light, fairness and democracy. We always had real allies, even when we were wrong, people respected us for trying. No longer true. We are correctly seen as an oppressor nation by much of the world. And no, I'm not leaving. I'm staying and fighting for a better America. Sorry.

      November 23, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Xin

    People, please go read the original blog post. This article HAPPENS to pick the worse quote from the original post. Coincidence?

    November 23, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. zaggs

    So the idea is to make the publicly traded companies lose money. That will then have what effect? Oh yeah, they'll fire people. Brilliant!

    November 23, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. nitadf

    Let people spend their money where ever they want. If you don't want to shop at those places,then DON'T! But don't try to tell other people to do. Use your time for something wortwhile. Go help serve Thanksgiving dinner to some homeless or a family who can't afford it.....Oh,but first....go occupy a SHOWER.

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