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. Texas Coyote

    Most posts are for the OCCUPY movement because, OCCUPY is an awesome movement with an agenda that no one can refute. Anyone against OCCUPY is for status quo. Support more economic equality for the working middle class,a responsible government, cleaner environment, and money out of politics! SUPPORT OCCUPY!

    November 23, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sue9999

      You can agree with some of their ideals, without supporting a group that goes about a ridiculous way of trying to achieve the.

      November 23, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kremmers

      The occupy movement says they're protesting the 1% but the only people they're affecting (negatively) is the rest of the 99%. Why don't you think for yourself instead of jumping on the band wagon?

      November 23, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bobs your uncle

      What agenda? No ones said one yet. Im going with "mean people suck". Thats as close as I can come to finding an agenda.

      November 23, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. George s

    It seams they are as mixed up as our cogress. They should be protesting the Repulicans. They are the ones backing the 1%.

    November 23, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil

      Hey, Mr. Soros? Aren't you and Mr. Moore and Mr. buffett all in the 1%? I live near Beverly Hills and all the really rich people I know are all Democrats!

      I grew up in a hick town where every poor farmer and shop worker were all Republican. Explain that! Republicans are backing the 1% Democrats?

      Your logic is more than fried, parrot!

      November 23, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ian

    The "occupy" movement needs to just go away now.

    November 23, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrJM

      Because The System Works!™

      - MrJM

      November 23, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mance Lotter

      the system does work. i studied hard, got a meaningful degree, i work hard and as a result, i can pay my bills on time and splurge on the occasional non-necessity. it's a great system for hard working intelligent people.

      November 23, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Michael Moynahan

    If you want the status quo to continue, go about your daily lives just like you have been doing. Buy thing you don't need with the money you don't have. Do it on Black Friday. I know that's no all of us but it's a large %. If you want a more equitable economy where wages are higher at the bottom and CEO's don't make 400x what the average worker makes then we need to pull together and make Big business listen to us. Boycotts are a way to do just that. Yes, boycotts will cause those companies to lay off workers but other companies will gain from this. Hopefully, the companies that gain will be the ones that pay efficiency wages to their workers and not minimum wage or just about that. However, I'm more of a realist than an optomist so I highly doubt Americans will pull together and accomplish anything. We don't have a track record of success in doing that anymore. We're all home playing Xbox and trying to figure out how to pay our mortage on a house that is now worth Eight dollars.

    November 23, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mance Lotter

      what is an "equitable economy"? do you plan to get a committee together to determine how much a person SHOULD make and then enforce it? will that committee be able to decide what is inequitable and simultaneously have the power to remedy the unfairness?

      November 23, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Tonys

    U liberal idiots thinks you are the 99%. U started this movement with a reasonable protest. Now you've gone whacko. Your supporters are falling like rocks. It's obvious you college idiots know nothing about economics and what it takes to stimulate the economy and create jobs. That's where your freedoms cross the line. Inhibiting people from shopping for cost saving bargains to stretch their family budgets. They spend. They save. Tax revenue is created. Go ahead, keep showing your lack of intelligence.

    November 23, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrJM

      "Go ahead, keep showing your lack of intelligence."

      By typing "U" instead of "you"?

      - MrJM

      November 23, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Chris

    Looks like they need to get off their rears and get jobs instead of trying to mooch off everyone.

    November 23, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrJM

      Bureau of Labor Statistics : The US unemployment rate is 9.0 percent http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm

      Ya hockey-puck.

      - MrJM

      November 23, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mance Lotter

      if in 100 cities there are 2,500 protesters (and that's being very very generous), that's only about .08% of the population. it is, therefore, mathematically possible they are all unemployed.

      November 23, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patricksday

      Another idiot who is clueless about the unemployment situation in America. When you live in the 1% you live in a bubble that keeps you from reality. I hope your bubble pops real soon.

      November 23, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. rickyd

    I imagine all the people out shopping are really going to enjoy having to deal with the OWS idiots in their way. From what I can tell the OWS isn't having any effect on Washington or Wall Street, they're simply annoying the majority of average people that want to work, shop, and enjoy a park.

    November 23, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrJM

      " From what I can tell the OWS isn't having any effect on Washington or Wall Street, they're simply annoying the majority of average people that want to work, shop, and enjoy a park."

      Well, you're wrong, part one: http://thinkprogress.org/special/2011/10/18/346892/chart-media-jobs-wall-street-ignoring-deficit-hysteria/

      You're wrong, part two: http://thehill.com/polls/190623-the-hill-poll-fears-about-income-inequality-grow

      - MrJM

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

      MrJM, thanks for the ever-so-dependable sources. I mean, if thinkprogress.org and thehill.com are reporting it then clearly it's unbiased truth.

      November 23, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • rickyd

      Thanks MrJM, but I' right. Please research your sources and educate yourself. You're welcome, I enjoy helping you rise above your ignorance, have a great Thanksgiving! Now if you have any sway over those silly OWS clowns, please tell them to stay out of the way of holiday shoppers who deserve the right to enjoy Thanksgiving in the way they choose!

      November 23, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Squeezebox

    Occupy is pursuing the wrong strategy. They're really about ending income inequality. What they should be doing is having a shareholder campaign to get binding resolutions into corporate charters that limit executive compensation. Why should a person be paid five million dollars a year just for outsourcing production to low wage nations? Any shiny new finance graduate from the University of X could do the same thing for far less money. A company's founder only gets five million dollars once in his lifetime, and that's only if the company he started is worth buying. Why are exeuctives paid more than inventors and entrepreneurs? Why don't corporations take risks, but they buy a company that does as soon as the invention is proven to work?

    November 23, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Texas Coyote

    The established media it trying to destroy yet another legitimate movement with negative spin and propaganda. Unfortunately most Americans either don't have the time to read the truth about OCCUPY or they just accept the established media's (owned by the 1%) version of OCCUPY. OCCUPY is a legit movement with a lot of potential to help the hard working middle class. Don't just rely on ABC, NBC, FOX, ect.> SUPPORT OCCUPY!

    November 23, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tony

    Morons...

    November 23, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Vin

    They are saying to boycott big,corrupt, corporate chains such as Wal-Mart, who don't pay their employees fair wages amongst other things and to instead shop in your local communities, independent mom and pop shops. Stop with the negativity already!

    November 23, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Patricksday

    Lets make this Holiday Season one the Corporate GREED MERCHANTS wont forget, they sure need We the People now dont they???

    November 23, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bobs your uncle

      Im not sure if youre serious or if thats sarcasm. Either way... huh?

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

      Take it anyway you wish

      November 23, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Texas Coyote

      Most posts are for the OCCUPY movement because, OCCUPY is an awesome movement with an agenda that no one can refute. Anyone against OCCUPY is for status quo. Support more economic equality for the working middle class,a responsible government, cleaner environment, and money out of politics !SUPPORT Occupy!

      November 23, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. RetailShopper

    Why target Wal-mart?! My family is poor and Walmart is one of the only reason we can get by. They keep prices down because people shop, and other stores in the area need to price low to match Wal-mart. I think that's how the economy works. Occupying Walmart will only make things worse for the 99%. Go after the banks or the hospitals that charge 2000 bucks an hour just to check a rash.

    November 23, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • smiley

      Maybe if you would use your primary care physician to check the rash, instead of going to the ER every time you get a belly ache, the costs wouldn't be so high.

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

      But Sam Walton and family are rich 1%'s. Hence anything they do must be evil in the occupier eyes and musy be crushed. And if families who can actually afford clothing and food and other items due to Wal-mart's low prices get hurt, well, they are on a mission to destroy anyone who has more than what THEY deem is proper. THEY are the judge, jury, and are trying to be the executioner. And any who stand in their way, well, screw you. That is the Occupier Mantra. We are hurting you and the 99% in order to get at the 1%, trust us it will be WAY better in the long run if you suffer now. LOL

      November 23, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kremmers

      Seriously, go after hospitals? That is probably one of the most stupid ideas I've heard of thus far.

      November 23, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. COUNTRYCOOK

    Wow they look as numerous as locust.

    November 23, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. occupythis

    Why blame the 1% for the stupidity of the 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,"

    It's the gluttonous 99% that rush out & overspend on crap they don't need or can't afford! Learn to budget, live within your means!

    November 23, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • squiggx

      he moron, I am a consumer consuler and I speak to people everyday who struggle. So your saying all the people on social security who have not had their 3% cost of living increase in 3 years financially irresponsible ? so their income NEVER changes but gas goes up 5cents in a week ? learn economics before you spout your irrelevant financial advise. If you know anything about economics you would not make these ridiculous comments. Moron.

      November 23, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken

      So, by which twisted bit of logic did you equate people using Credit Cards when they can't afford the interest to Social Security increases?? If you are a credit consuler, I can't imagine what type of bizarre and twisted advice you give your customers. Most are probably on the street having listend to you. Look, most people with credit card issues have them as they've never learned to control their spending. They buy material goods by the truck load as they can "pay later", and then when something bad happens in life and they can't pay any longer, they whine about the interest payments. If they had half a brain cell they would have controlled their spending to being with and saved money for a rainy day. And if you are giving them any advice other than that, then YOU are part of the problem, a parasite living off the misery of others (a vulture, a tick, a leech).

      November 23, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Yes the cost of living has gone up but that doesn't mean people should be out buying things on credit that they can't actually afford.

      November 23, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hunter Henry

      This is a mob mentality. they got together, ran out of things to do, and started looking around to create troubles and justify their existence. One guy comes up with a stupid idea, and the mob says "Yeah, let's do it!". Companies like Wal-Mart create hundreds of thousands of jobs, which is more than what I can say about this dummies on the Occupy movement. Most businesses make profits after Black Friday, profits that they use to hire people, pay dividends to stock holders etc. Those people (employees who get paid and stock owners who get their dividends) in turn go out, spend money, and keep the economy going. In the mean time, Occupiers sit on their butts, doing nothing productive to society, and think they are contributing. What a joke! (P.S. Get a job, spoiled little kids...er... I mean, Occupiers)

      November 23, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
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