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. whatswrongwithyoupeople

    I hope the police spray them with gasoline and then light a match.

    November 23, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JOE

    The GOP and their beloved Tea Party stress LESS government but they ask for MORE jobs. Fine! Then where are the jobs the Republican controlled House promised? And since the right and their supporters seem to have all the answers, then why the worst economic crisis in America since the Great Depression? And since you people seem to have all the answers, then how do you create 14 million jobs overnight? Please respond! I'd be happy to work a second job as soon as you rightwing nutheads plaster America with an overflowing of jobs on a platter.

    November 23, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Biff

      First of all, even if the jobs were created, Obama would be getting the credit. Second, for all the influence of the Big Bad Tea Party and the Republican-controlled Congress, there have still been NO SPENDING CUTS- only a small decrease IN THE INCREASE in spending. This is thanks to Obama and his minions. So in 10 years, maybe our debt will be (I speculate here) 23 tril instead of 25 tril Whoopie.
      You way WAY overestimate the conservative influence in this country.

      November 23, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      If you wanted to work a second job you could start tomorrow. The issue is you want the "perfect" second job. All you bleeding liberals think you deserve something you didn't earn. Why is it that I work 10-11 hours a day and I'm expected to pay for your existence but you are unwilling to work as a fry cook?

      November 23, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Base

    warned the middle class and millionaire kids do not buy MW3, BF3, PLAYSTATION 3D, etc in recession. It's going to bankrupt the whole USA. Kids will be talking to their friends and not doing their works in school, corporations, startups, etc.

    November 23, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Kris

    Makes me want to go shopping on Friday. And I wasn't planning on it before.

    November 23, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. HoustonSteve

    In addition to the obvious retardation of targeting companies like Target which employ many people, you also have to ask what these companies did to hurt the economy? I understand maybe targeting Goldman Sachs, but what did Target or Amazon.com do to precipitate the housing crisis and resulting economic melt-down?

    November 23, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jarrett

    Yes, let's boycott retailers for being successful and becoming large. That sounds like the American way...

    November 23, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. realmike

    Block others from spending their hard earned cash and there will be trouble. Your rights end where other's rights begin. Don't assume that everyone agrees with you.

    November 23, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • BinaryTruth

      They know Republican partisans don't support them. You are not the people they are trying to motivate. Your vote will be for Republicans your entire life (if you vote at all) so it would be a waste of time at all to even try.

      November 23, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • realmike

      I vote every election for the best candidate. Sometimes that is Democrat and others it is Republican; once an independent. Voting pary lines in foolish and one of the reasons Congress is broken. Don't ASSUME you know anything about others. You only know yourself.

      November 23, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      That's right, Mike. You are part of the 25% of voters who made up their mind the day their parents taught them to vote GOP.

      November 23, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Memery

    ADBUSTERS advocated such ANTI-CAPITALIST protests like this.

    Although I do not care or ever participate in Black Friday events, I'm partial to actually enjoying my Thanksgiving peacefully, calmly, with loved ones, sharing that time, being thankful for what we got, etc. etc. its really none of my business what people do at those events.

    Or why they go to them. Yes, they annoy me. BUT I don't go around protesting or feeling I have to be a hero and stand up for them. Its consumerism, but so what?!

    I worry about me. I take care of myself, but in the process I am not anti-capitalis either. If retailers want to hold such events, fine.

    Occupy movement seems like they are trying to just galvanize people without these days. I've seen it before but in less apparent ways, its a fools game. You can only change yourself.

    Retailers are attracting a certain market and its between them. The business of America is Business.

    November 23, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Patricksday

    The Corporate News will only allow so much opinion, they still serve the Beast on Wall Street. I Hope its a RED Friday for retailers who put materialism over the Holiday message PEACE.

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

      Red Friday = business losses = fewer jobs = more mis-guided individuals who have not figured out that if you can't find a job, start a business . . . any business. That is why individuals coming to the U.S. from other countries will succeed and our spoiled youth who were given everything by their over indulgent parents, will continue to flounder.
      And, stop claiming you represent 99%. You don't represent everyone.

      November 23, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patricksday

      Its time everyone feel the pinch of GREED. I dont proclaim to speak for anyone who is licking the boots of the Zoombies on Wall Street in hopes you too will be a Zoombie.

      November 23, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Frank

    Thank god! The people on this chat just got smarter by your departure! Addition by subtraction, let me know if you need me to explain that to you.

    November 23, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Nick

    Dear those who revel in rhetoric. I don't own a single Apple product, use any apple programs, buy overpriced clothes at the Gap or Urban Outfitters, buy overpriced coffee from Starbucks or any other major chain coffee shop. I've been to Occupy Wall Street several times. If you disagree with the movement politically fine, but stop using moronic generalizations about who's involved in it as a means of dismissing it.

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

      Hear hear!

      November 23, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • sas

      Thank you. It's time to educate those who claim that occupiers are just hippies without jobs. Those generalizations are dismissive and unintelligent. I have 2 college degrees and I find the movement to be a reflection of the growing frustration of American people. It's not just about corporate greed. It's about the people not buying into the 2 party system any longer. We are sick of our government being hijacked by the federal reserve and our corporate masters who bought and sold us out long ago. America is no longer a democracy. It has become a Timocracy, where those few on top control and own the wealth. The middle class is shrinking and those of you that think this movement is just a bunch of whining hippies, will soon find yourselves struggling to make ends meet when the financial system starts to fail YOU as well. There are plenty of college educated Americans that are without work. We are headed for a double dip recession that is going to make the 2008 crash look like a hic-up. Get a clue.

      November 23, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pine Green

      hahahaha...who stated with the generalizations???...i'm pretty sure OWS started calling themselves the 99%, patriots, revolutionaries...etc..people are just calling them what they truly are...druggies, hippies, criminals, rapists, lazy bums...

      November 23, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jarrett

    Everybody knows that the key to getting out of a recession is to not spend money, right?

    November 23, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tonys


      November 23, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jarrett

      Sarcasm. Learn it.

      November 23, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. NoPantsToday

    Wait, what's wrong with Amazon? Just because they're big? And how do you legally occupy a website?

    November 23, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • carruth

      well, since these OWS people seem to be so constructive and positive individuals.... probably quite a few among them are proficient in hacking computer systems, sending out malware and virus'......you know the type...spend all their God given talents to contribute nothing but negatives to society...c'mon we all know the type...oh well

      November 23, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. CJ Topspin

    HAHAHAHAHA! You are going to get in between a consumer and a cheap LCD TV? Bad move hippies...bad move. This is going to be a perfect storm.

    November 23, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • idonteven

      Haha. Yeah. I don't think these people ever worked Retail or Experienced a Black Friday. Even the Old Grandmas can be the one that bowls you over with her cart with no regard to your safety.

      People are crazy that day. If they get between them i'm sure some people will get shot...

      November 23, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. JOE


    November 23, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tonys

      U an idiot, The best way to stimulate an economy is for people to spend money. Yet U idiots are inhibiting people from spending money with your occupy nonsense.

      November 23, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Scale back the EPA>

      November 23, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • ping rat

      creating jobs is not the job of goverment

      November 23, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • carruth

      Hey Joe, calm down and turn off the caps.....tension constricts blood vessels and impedes thought process......

      November 23, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • jeff

      government does not create wealth, it can only confiscate it.

      November 23, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
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