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. Michael Moynahan

    Shop wherever you want this holiday season but don't look for anything to get any better because you bought a coat on sale at Macys. The 1% want us to go in debt, they want us to beg them for these low paying jobs with no benefits. They love watching us fight and trample each other to get a deal on a flat screen TV so we can better view "The Biggest Loser". The 1% are laughing at us because the 99% will NEVER pull together and agree to do anything about it.

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

      the 99% is a myth, kinda like unicorns and leprehcauns, it just seems like the 99% because all the losers are gathered in one spot.

      November 23, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      I very much resent when these moronic protestors try to group me with them. I am far from the 1% group but equally as far from these lazy OWS people that would rather protest then actually help people. How about they throw down their signs and help in a soup kitchen for the truly needy instead of just whining.

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

      The protesters added 13 million dollars in cost across the country. Did that help settle our debts? Creating more problems without offering solutions.....This protest died, & now it has turned rotten. How will it help anyone to lose MORE jobs. I have watched Congress do this kind of grandstanding cr@p too many times. The protesters are acting like congress playing the part of spoilers.

      November 23, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jason

    At this point "the 1%" just sounds like a paranoid delusion...Nazi's used this same tactic in the 1920s & 30s when creating a propaganda campaign against jewish people such that the populous would support the regime's strategy to eradicate them.

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

      you're an idiot.

      November 23, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Christian

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

    Nothing would happen b/c the demand is still the same. People would just buy the products on another day. If you want more money you have to work for it. There will always be inequality. You can't force people to work hard that don't want to. This country is not perfect. But, America is the greatest country that planet Earth has ever seen.

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


      November 23, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. michael H

    The occupy movement and most everyone else is misunderstanding now who the 99% and the 1% are. Rich individuals are the "enemy", large corporations are not the "enemy" and neither are wall street investors per se. The delineation between the 99 and the 1 is the honest and the dishonest. There are honestly run coorporations and there are dishonest mom and pop shops. If you cheat to compete your in the 1% and you need to go. If you send spam claiming you have money for me wired from Nigeria, your in the 1% and you need to be in jail. If your a wall streeter who has intentionally robbed people of their life savings, prison is for you. If your a US Senator who has taken bribes to vote contrary to the will of the people you represent your in the 1% too.

    This is the honest against the dishonest. Government, propery sized and run can help police dog these guys before they hurt us but ultimately, especially in this internet age, it is up to us to vote with our dollar collectively to take down those who do not behave. If you cheat, you dont stay open in america. That simple. Unfortunately, you can't tell me Target, Walmart or Home Depot are doing that. I do know a moving company called 3 men and a truck are scammers and cheats but noone collectively targets them.

    November 23, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sean

    If NO ONE went anywhere on Black Friday, it would have NO impact. Bottom line is, people will just buy on different days, secondly, Black Friday isn't even the busiest day of the year (Christmas Eve is). It's like boycotting gasoline, eventually, people will show up and buy if not that day, the next day.

    Then, they'll call it Black Friday Weekend!!

    So misguided these OWS'ers, got to hand it to them though, they are holding out a lot longer than I expected.

    November 23, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. EDRO

    You all need to go home , get a bath and spend the time with your family. You are ill informed and although you have a good "core" belief, you are getting used by socialist, communists, and lazy bums who forget that this GREAT country was founded on FREEDOMS that we are ALL guarenteed. We are ALL free to WORK HARD, earn money, be happy and enjoy the life that has been granted to us by being AMERICAN'S!! If you have an issue with how things are going, GO OCCUPY WASHINGTON AND CONGRESS YOU IDIOTS!!! YOU VOTED THESE PEOPLE IN. CHANGE THEM. VOTE THEM OUT OF OFFICE. The system works.....our elected officails don't. YOUR PRIORITIES ARE POINTED IN THE WRONG DIRECTION PEOPLE!!!!

    November 23, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Vince

    It has to start somtime and somewhere you lemmings.

    November 23, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Eh?

    If I have to work on Thanksgiving, so should every other employed adult.

    (sits back to watch the "Bitter Much?" responses while looking at the 10pm Thanksgiving sales ads)

    November 23, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. whatswrongwithyoupeople

    OWS just brings out the worst feelings in me.I'm not rich.I make 42K a year.I work my a_s off for everything I have.The reason I don't make more is because I don't do anything to put myself on a platform to make more money.I'm content with my 42 and my wife's 32.These people are just whiners.You're going to ruin someone's day of shopping because you feel you deserve more? It's just childish.Grow up and stop acting like little kids." daddy , I want the oompa loompa."

    November 23, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. dania

    Wow! If the Occupy Black Friday takes off, I can actually get a parking space in front of the stores. Woohoo!

    November 23, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. KBNJ

    I totally get, and agree with, the "Occupiers" who protest against unethical corporate influence in Washington (and the government in general). But this is looking more and more like a bunch of idiotic communists. Capitalism, evil as it may seem to some, is the ONLY system that keeps the masses out of dire poverty. Fight to keep it healthy or expect to live in a third world country.

    November 23, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. bob

    ABSOLUTE proof of the stupidity of the Occupy idiots: "target only PUBLICLY-traded businesses"... now who do they think the PUBLIC is? That's right, it's ALL of us with 401k's... idiots... they don't even understand it's the PRIVATELY owned businesses that are owned by the "1%".. and some of those 1%'ers own SMALL businesses like the ones they want to support!... Why doesn't CNN "analyze" and "report" on THAT!?

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

      You are exactly right, these are a bunch of morons who do not even understand basic economics.

      November 23, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  13. GeorgeGray

    Falling sales tax revenues hurt an unresponsive gov't. Good!

    November 23, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mike, NH

    Well, if they think police violence is bad, just stand between shoppers and their discounts. OWS will die a quick and viloent death Friday.

    November 23, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • cappigwar

      That's brilliant and so true. The occupiers are completely out numbered.

      November 23, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kremmers

      You know, that's a very good point...suddenly I kind of hope that some of the occupiers do go and try to protest.

      November 23, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • MadHatter

      LOL's sooooo true.

      November 23, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Michael Moynahan

    equitable economy is one where wealth is spread out more evenly in the economy. Not done by a committee or by Government force, but by the collective will of the people to reward businesses like Costco that pay efficiency (higher) wages because they like retaining good employees and boycotting the bad businesses. Who decides who's good and bad- Hopefully, we do with our choices to buy what we want

    November 23, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mance Lotter

      exactly, it's choice, so don't force your s&*t on me by blocking the entrance to the store.

      November 23, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • MadHatter

      Equitable economy? Missed that in economics class, but I think I caught it in my Political Science one. Who decides what? What gives you (non specific you) the right to decide what kind and how much of my profits should go to and whom? It's a socialist idea that doesn't work. We just need people in congress who understand what a balanced budget means and that reducing the debt is not a "nicety" but a necessity.

      November 23, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
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