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. JOE

    @ Mike in NYC

    The stimulus bill was not designed to create 14 million American jobs overnight or in three years. No, it was geared towards stabilizing this crisis and creating a more favorable economic environment for jobs to resurface. Furthermore, the stimulus bill has saved millions of jobs across this country in state, local and federal government to say the least. And without passage of this bill, perhaps the unemployment rate in America would be at 18%. let's face it, the stimulus bill was passed out of NECESSITY to stabilize the fragile American economy, thereby preventing it from slipping into a catsatrophic depression. And if President Obama was wrong to try to fix the economic crisis he inherited, then the GOP was 100 times wrong to impose an economic crisis on America. Just look at the facts before you start scrutinizing and laying blame.

    November 23, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      You mean the Dem caused problem... Read the Dobbs Frank bill... Forcing banks to lend to people with no money and no credit could have gotten us there...

      November 23, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emilio Sanchez

      Stimulus Bill was geared towards taking form those who have and giving to those who either have nots or failed, Obama is a moron, you are a moron, Demoncrats should be shipped off to Venezuela and I stay here 🙂

      November 23, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • BigHwasdemo

      The stimulus was a slush fund for Obama's union friends and government unions and HIS Wall Street friends. If the 800+ million had been given Americans equally, the unhealthy companies would have went under, but the economy would have had a large infusion. Don't be preachin' that Obama "saved" jobs BS, it was BS then and BS now and I voted demo and have been since I registered over 35 years ago.

      November 23, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • BigHwasdemo

      Sorry, I meant 800+ BILLION, not 800+ million, although I could have used the 800+ million better than the guvmint

      November 23, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. John W.

    then don't buy things you can't afford!

    November 23, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. TREY


    November 23, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Great idea genius. Don't you morons realize that you hurt the 99% that you claim you are fighting for when you do stupid things like this?

      November 23, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • TrueAmerican

      Actually it would not be hard and I would have them arrested. Several criminal charges would apply here.

      November 23, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Boes73

      I hope you have money for hospital bills because this would get very ugly on Black Friday. Or do you have something against hospitals too, so where are you gonna go?

      November 23, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. RonFromNM

    Anyone that goes shopping on black friday does it of their own free will. No store is holding a gun to their head. If these people want to boycott go ahead, but obstructing other people going about their daily activities isn't right.

    November 23, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Emilio Sanchez

    spray OWS with BULLETS

    November 23, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • JeffinIL

      Be patient. That's coming.
      The government spin on why we can shoot them but other countries cannot do the same to their citizens should be entertaining.

      November 23, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. texas

    What is changing this movement negatively is they say they represent the 99% but as each event continues they are being rejected more and more by the 99% because their image, their presentation, their tacktics, their structure and their message has made this few percent of protestors using the media to look foolish, selfish and uneducated. The more this happens the less credible they are with myself.

    November 23, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. TrueAmerican

    OK losers enough is enough, you have no right whatsoever to block bushiness from operating. You are not accomplishing anything.

    November 23, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. oldbear

    I have not shopped on black friday for 15 years due to the crowds. But I will be out there this Friday and doing as much of my shopping as possible to drive up the numbers.

    November 23, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil

      Good! A thinking person who wants to help the US economy instead of sabotaging it!

      November 23, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. OregonMan

    Dollar Tree? Really?

    November 23, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • BigHwasdemo

      yeah, I would be in the 99% if it wasn't for the Dollar Tree. $1.00 TP is nice!

      November 23, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jarrett

    I'm going to go ahead and point out the obvious. If you overcharge your credit card, it doesn't matter whether you spent the money at a small or large business. Either way, you are still paying the credit card company fees, and it is totally your fault. In this case, you are BETTER OFF making the overcharge at a large business than a smaller business since their prices are usually lower due to economies of scale.

    November 23, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Boes73

    I am an Occupier. I don't support capitalism, socialism, facism, or anarchy. My aim is to annoy and whine. I offer no solutions nor do I even know what I want but I will disrupt and complain as I have nothing else to do. Also, I am now hungry - I say we Occupy McDonalds!

    November 23, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ed

    "So just imagine what would happen to the 1% if the 99% did not spend on Black Friday."

    So just imagine what will happen to you if you get in the way of thousands of ANGRY shoppers! Bet you don't have medical insurance since you won't get a job...

    November 23, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ralf The Dog

      Just imagine what would happen if the 99% chose to spend their money at small local business on Black Friday purchasing things that were built in the United States. That is all Occupy is asking for. Does anyone have a problem with that?

      November 23, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mance Lotter

      RALF – i have no problem with that, but OWS is not ASKING me, they are planning on physically RESTRICTING me because they believe their beliefs are to be accepted by everyone. don't be deceived, OWS does not ask, they demand and try to force.

      November 23, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ralf The Dog

      I was at an Occupy meeting. The plan is to make some kind of quick demonstration, then get out of the way. The last thing Occupy wants to do is to anger the public. Expect little flash demonstrations that will make you laugh, then vanish before anyone quite knows what happened. They will convey the message, but will not get between you and your new 105 inch LCD.

      November 23, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. forthepeople

    I find it stunning that the overwhelming numbers of posts come from the right wingnuts across the political spectrum of party asffiliations. CNN calls for a "courteous discussion." but I see no indication of courtesy in their clueless, over-the-top attacks. Or do you now oinly edit or erxclude the center and left. It might be interesting to learn the political views of the CNN cvensorship bureau. Don't get too excited, since its aquisition by AOL it has not only lost viewership, but more importantly, lost any attachment it might once have had to journalistic integrety, admitedly never overwhelming, in the days of Ted Turner. I now live in the Corporatist State of Texas, and as such, I make sure to be armed.

    November 23, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob Stumpf

      If you want a courteous discussion, I have an idea for you that you probably haven't considered. Why not be courteous to other people yourself?

      November 23, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • welcome to the internet

      CNN comments have a lot of flame war and various other shenanigans going on constantly. It's due to the fact that no one has to actually take credit for their comments, so they say whatever they want. Par for the course.

      November 23, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mance Lotter

      does CNN's policy have anything for incoherent rambling?

      btw – with that pointless drivel, you're now qualified to be the OWS spokesperson

      November 23, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pine Sniff

      LOL way to start a rant about "courteous discussion" by calling people "right wingnuts"....hahahahahha...That's the kind of !d!0t you are...

      November 23, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Greg

    While I agree with the idea of supporting small business, what will happen to the workers of those big chains when you cut off their livelihood? They'll lose there jobs, that's what. The CEOs will still be rich, the single mother won't be able to feed her kids. Great strategy OWS. Way to stick to the "man"!

    By the way, how did you disseminate your message? On your computer or cellphone or iPad while sipping Starbucks and listening to downloaded music from iTunes? Way to stand up for what you believe!

    November 23, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • welcome to the internet

      While they have managed to gain a lot of publicity, I don't think the 1% is worried about OWS at all. They are mainly focused on managing the financial crisis that is occurring in Europe and reducing their exposure, shoring up their bottom line, and in general managing their business. So far, OWS seems to have mainly been contentious not with the 1%, but with Cops (who are union and paid like poop, have difficult jobs) and the city parks departments and public health and safety departments. I'm not aware that has been any interruption to business as usual for the 1% at all as a result of OWS.

      November 23, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aaron

      It's called the downward spiral. You either decide to stop it at some point or ride it all the way to the bottom.

      November 23, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. JOE

    Hey John seems like you and your friends are the ass for continuing to support and vote for the party that has given us two unpaid wars and the worst economic crisis in America since the Great Depression, a party that doesn't give a hoot about the American people.

    November 23, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Terry

      Joe, 1)st you blame Bush, Then you Blame the entire GOP, then you call anyone who disagrees with you a racist. That is the Dem playbook, now play by the rules. Your hero has added 4.3 trillion to the 15 trillion debt – that is world class failure.. Now our debt rating is in going to get downgraded again. NICE WORK. He's a single term loser.

      November 23, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • BigHwasdemo

      Don't forget about Clinton and the idea that everyone should own a house they can't pay for! Not to mention Barney and other demos

      November 23, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • LOL at joe

      Uhhhhh....I don't think we have ever paid for any wars in advance...so of course it will be unpaid until congress decides to pay it instead of spending on junk pork projects...and right or wrong...at least Bush was willing to defend the US...people like you would probably say wait for more evidence while enemy troops are walking in US streets hunting you down...

      November 23, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
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