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. toad

    we are not anticapitalist....but we want to tell you where to shop...thats pure socialism.....my question is why do they hide who they are?

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

      The greatest outcome from Obamacare and now the OWS protests is that the socialists are no longer trying to be covert. As a matter of fact, some are now being extremely overt about their affiliations. I've been to a LOT online forums where people were arguing that they were NOT socialists, then after a bit more arguing came out saying socialism "wasn't so bad", then arguing that "It works well in Europe" (glad that's proving false with what's happening over there!) and eventually coming right out and admitting publicly that they do indeed consider themselves as socialists. The lights are on now, and the roaches are no longer afraid of the light.

      November 23, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. sdf

    Anyone getting in my way into the store is going to get there asses kicked.

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

      Will your GREED force you to be violent this Blessed Holiday Season?

      November 23, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ken

    That's right Occupiers. Put another nail in your coffin. Lash our against retailers and shopping on the day after Thanksgiving. Harm local small businesses who depend on this weekend to promote jobs in the community. Please be sure to hurt as many hard working Americans as you can and show people what you really stand for ... yourselves and no one else. LOL these folks are such freaking idiots. My prediction is the Gallup polls next week will show Americans having a negative view of Occupiers will top 45% for the first time after these weekend stunts. It's already at 42% negative which is why the Politicians are now staying away and Mayor feel free to close camps. Just a little bit more and they'll have the support to charge the major anarchists in each group with various crimes and put them in prison for up to two years, just enough to get them out of everyones hair for the elections (and the Democrats really want them done now .. all the violence and actions against some businesses they support is proving embaressing and a potential drag on Obama's election chances). LOL

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

      The only thing Wall Street see's is Profit Margins, and if Obama looses he looses, he certainly didnt answer our requests or wasnt true to his word about the Change he was going to bring to America. The people are now force to take it to the Street, peaceful ,civil emails and phone calls dont work.

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

    What's the 1% percent going to do if we don't spend on Black Friday? Fire the 99% and hire them back at lower wages. Its not like its going to hurt them at all. It will hurt the 99% to not spend on Black Friday.

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

      True, but it will also hurt the Fat Cats and their stocks.

      November 23, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ZOOMER165


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

      Patriots standing up for America, while people like you fiddle as Rome burns. What now you think OWS is demanding free Christmas Gifts from Corporations?

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

      @Patricksday..."Patriots standing up for America"? Really? You believe what you're saying? People who have set fires, defecated on police cars, pushed old ladies down the stairs, ripped cash registers from counters and thrown them at cashiers, defied police orders and caused countless fellow citizens and local businesses frustration and inconveniences at your childish, irrational, and selfish actions? You call them "Patriots standing up for America"? You have serious problems with your perspective!

      November 23, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ZOOMER165


    November 23, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. dinak

    Now how do u morons at CNN executive offices feel about the occupy movement? They r against people working and making money by blocking the entrances to those workers' employers' businesses. Just how will there be money to "distribute," if no one is earning any money? Thank u, CNN, for showing just how intellectually vacant u are.

    November 23, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. gfyows

    The article mentions credit cards. If you cant afford it, dont use it.

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

      but..but..that takes too much will power and responsibility...and I want that item I can't afford NOW!!!!

      November 23, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Tony

    This is really excellent, though! Finally, we'll have a metric to see just how powerful this OWS movement is. When we get the Black Friday sales numbers, we'll all be able to see if they have any teeth...

    November 23, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Bobs your uncle

    WTH? Im tired of the occupy movements "mean people suck" theme. I know they do.

    If they want to sell me a product that I want to buy at a price Im willing to pay, then were both happy. Whats to protest?

    November 23, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pine Fresh

      They are protesting that you have money to spend and they don't...and they want the gov't to take your money and redistribute it to them so they can spend it...

      November 23, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. whatswrongwithyoupeople

    Cool.Wat to ruin a day OWS.What's next on the agenda? Drowning cats?

    November 23, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Robert Paul

    I really find it amazing that the media is so enamored of a group of people who are clearly communist. Come on folks use the word...people became wealthy through hard work for the most part. They stupid system you support has been proven a fallacy. Without monetary incentive to compete and generate wealth society will all rot together...

    People are hurting not from Bush era policies...stop blaming people who had nothing to do with the policies and mistakes of this administration (I know its so hard to look at the truth). The work done as he walked out the door has essentially all paid a huge dividend.

    Stop looking for a hand out and realize government cannot and does not fix all problems. Banks dont lend because of Obama's SEC & central bank policies that are paying them huge amounts of $ to hold reserves. Go get and education and understand the huge farce being played out on the 99% of Americans. If you people were have as thoughtful and questioning you would see how this is all a political scheme by the administration and his cronies to maintain power.

    Think back to your days in school when the guy would pay people to vote for him so he could get elected to student council president....same thing...pander, pay, bribe the masses to do my bidding. Americans are smarter than this and will soon understand what is behind all this community organization. Then there will be hell to pay.

    November 23, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jasie

      Occasionly, someone makes a sensible statement here. Thank you.

      November 23, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      LOL, I bet by 2pm they'll be protesting for lower prices on the goods they want their parents to buy them for Xmas

      November 23, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • o

      Communist, really? Don't be silly. They're just a bunch a dumb kids. If someone could direct that energy in the right direction, they might actually accomplish something. They need to target the true criminals, Congress, and deal with the root of the problem, campaign financing.

      November 23, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • a6102658

      Sure Bush had nothing to do with it, the economy collapsed while Bush remained in power, did you remember the last 30 days? Paulson on his knees asking Bush to bail out the banks?
      Do me a favor, do some research and stop bring it Fox News Krap here, hey by the way Fox News viewers are the most misinformed audience, check out yesterdays, pol, and then the article.

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

      Corporations are the new communists!!
      You all really need some education and get your heads out of your asses. The 99% are protesting for your rights as well and your all too dumb to realize it. Keep spreading propaganda like Communists and see where your kids are 20 years from now. They will be working for a new communism ran by corporations.

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

      people became wealthy through hard work (for the most part)? did they now? who are you trying to kid? I guess you haven't met a lot of 1%-ers, have you? You can count on your fingers the ones who came up from the projects. Most of them have had unbelievably advantageous access. Almost none have ever had to work their way from anywhere's near mid-level management. Grow up, Paul.

      You liked the Bush era? Endless wars that got put on a credit card to China? Unfunded medicare liabilities? CDOs + credit default swaps? Ever heard of Gramm-Leach-Bliley? The biggest job losses + stock mkt crashes since the great depression? That's what you want more of?

      How about the millionaire's tax cuts? Is that helping you get into the top 1%? Because the rest of us are stuck in the 99%, looking for those jobs that disappeared, or trying to hold onto the roofs over our head. Sure, you keep supporting the people who moved the US factories overseas. They've got lovely offshore accounts there. What've you got?

      November 23, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Freelancer34

      Do you how much big retailers pay their employees? Its gross and absurd.
      Big companies make money for their executives and shareholders and treat the workers as disposable.

      Sure anyone can be a shareholder but it takes money to make money. Look at the statistics, most wealth is handed down.

      This big companies are sucking up money and sitting on it. That money you spend at the mall effectively goes out of circulation. So, this holiday season, if you are going to buy a big ticket item.. at least buy it from a mom-and-pop website or, even better, a local business.

      November 23, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert Paul

      How many corporate presidents do you know? I know many personally and I also know that many, if not most, came from modest beginnings and made themselves. You have bought into the load of communist socialist crap peddled by this administration that says someone owes you a living. America has always represented opportunity. We have no aristocracy...I have worked for everything I ever got in life and never asked anyone for a handout. You should try it...you are obviously not at work...

      I work 50 hour weeks for my clients...what do you do for a living?? I have started companies from scratch and worked in a my own family owned company as well..what have you done that gives you the knowledge and authority to speak...that what I thought. NONE.

      November 23, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert Paul

      Why do you think jobs get moved off shore Rilley?? Its because of 1. tax policy (issued by your government) 2. expenses...health and retirement that are not paid by 3rd world companies. Poor management...it happens...but better companies in a free market generally take care of that issue. You are competing on a global scale...learn to live with it...wake up get a job – or make a job and stop blaming the people around you for your misfortune. You will be better off with out the government thinking for you...you make a decision if you use a charge card... You make a decision to take out a loan...learn what you can pay for an what you cannot.

      November 23, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ZOOMER165


    November 23, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jasie

      It's the arrogant unions that cause high prices.

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

      Take a look at tax policy and at your healthcare and retirement expenses. We can and do make some of the best quality goods in the world. We pay people a living wage and take care of medical expenses. All of these are good things. Think about that and think about the damage China is doing to its environment as well as the other developing countries that are going through their industrial revolution. Clean air and water come at a price...remember we have regulations (more every day) thanks to Obama to contend with that exact a toll on companies and have to be factored into the prices they charge. You have a choice...make an intelligent one.

      November 23, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. engineer long time

    @ the OWS crowd:
    Instead of holding signs and disrupting business, try reading technical manuals or do something to make your skills marketable. Be the autodidactic and learn something new. (You won't learn much in the USAs school systems.) That's how people like me survived all the cuts and lay-offs. Be the person the 1% can't do business without. What I see in this country coming out of colleges is a bunch that can't answer a question about what they studied without consulting google.

    November 23, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • RillyKewl

      even good engineering jobs are too few + far between.

      November 23, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. whatswrongwithyoupeople

    How about these people occupy a life instead.

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

      It takes a lot of sacrifice to get your voice heard. That certainly doesn't mean that any one of the occupiers has any less a fulfilling life than you do. More likely the opposite.

      November 23, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
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