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. TheWife

    Hmmmm......I wonder if the Occupy guy was sipping a Starbucks Coffee as he updated their site using his Mac notebook or do you think he has a Dell computer? Or perhaps he is using his iPhone to post his updates. You can protest companies all you want but pactice what you preach.

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

      LOL's...I agree. bet they wont even think twice about the liter and trash they'll leave either. Guess they don't care for the environment either.

      November 23, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • mde1

      Exactly! I'm fed up with these ignorant hippies

      November 23, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JulieTravel

    How can these people be such fools? The quote "The credit cards the 99% overcharge will allow the 1% to enrich themselves " - seriously, are these supposed 99% so stupid they have to be told again not to charge if they can't pay for it? Are the charge companies and banks now FORCING people to over spend and use their charge cards?

    Do they also not realize that most of the people shopping black Friday aren't the top 1% so by preventing them from getting in the stores those people who they say this is all for will end up paying more money later?

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

    Seems these protests need to have a more narrow focus. Why don't you protest directly with the people you have an issue with instead of hassling the other 99% around you in public. Do you really think your going to shut down black friday enough to make a difference?....you don't think that people in the 99% won't get let go from their local jobs if their store didn't hit their numbers?...get it together and protest against the true 1%

    November 23, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Terri

    There are several large chains that value their employees and their customers. I wish OWS would list those somewhere and help them grow. I know O dot com is in a legal battle with Wall St, I know C0stc0 treats their employees well, rather than hurting more jobs everywhere why not support the good ones?

    November 23, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jimmy Carter

    Obama's private street thugs. Just like Chavez uses in Venezuela or Ortega in Nicaragua. A private party owned group of moronic anti-capitalist, anti-american, anti-democracy morons.

    November 23, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • leb

      And just how are they "Obama's street thugs".? To these Occupiers, he's just another person in the 1%.

      November 23, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Tommy

    Its great how they call OWS a movement. I have seen more meaningful and useful movements in the men's room. This whole thing is so ridiculous

    November 23, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pine Street

      Especially the diarrheal bowel movements...

      November 23, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. MadHatter

    One other thing...so they will boycott these places, but I'm willing to bet they will still have their starbucks coffee in their abercrombie clothes, using their Iphone or Android phone to show how serious they are. Quit wasting MY time and MY taxes dollars because you want to throw a tantrum like 5 year olds.

    November 23, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. NB

    Wow, I don't even know where to begin on this one...yes, I'm sure boycotting these stores will really help their employees, who are all part of this "99%" OCCUPY claims to defend.

    November 23, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Catch22ofNJ

    "We are NOT anti-capitalist, just anti-crapitalist," ... I don't that one's going to catch on as a battle cry. Ranks right down there on the maturity scale as calling your little sister "a poopie head" when you were a kid.

    November 23, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Catch22ofNJ

      Meant to type "THINK that one's... ".

      November 23, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. azbluedog

    What a relief. I won't have to worry about being caught in a stampede of shoppers when the stores open in the wee morning hours on Friday?

    November 23, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. DaleB

    These folks are a caricature of Democrats in general. There message iis an unspun version of the same philosophy. I don't have it and the other guy does so I will take in from him. Its just the Democrats are smoother in spinning their message.

    The really good news is that their class warfare vitriol is inoculating the electorate from the President's class warfare message he is counting on to distract the voters from the damage he has done to our economy

    November 23, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. mde1

    Can I pepper spray the protesters instead of waiting for the cops?

    November 23, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • engineer long time

      Good one !

      November 23, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Herne


      November 23, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |

      How about Occupy the White House. Remember it was President Obama who voted to bailout Wall Street as a senator back in '08. He boldly declared his support of the bailout with pride in that debate with McCain. You'd think there would be outrage towards Obama for that, but all I hear is silence. It's deafening!!

      November 23, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. bourneblogger

    So let me get this straight... They're going to "occupy" these companies by "not going" to these places that they'll eventually be forced to go to b/c they all work at these places?....

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

      Many in OWS will work precisely when wages skyrocket and tenure becomes reasonably certain.

      November 23, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. RillyKewl

    Wow. There's a lot of people on this thread who can't read even a short article right.
    The site asks protesters to target only "publicly traded large businesses" and support small businesses "that serve our local communities."

    Come on, people. Learn to read.

    November 23, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • RillyKewl

      By the way, try reading a label, too. Then you'd actually be doing something truly patriotic.
      If it says it was made in the USA, then its ok to buy. If it was made elsewhere, take a pass.
      Simple as pie.

      November 23, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • SS

      I would like to give the small business owner my business, but they are all closed. All we have in our little town is a walmart.

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

      THANK YOU!

      November 23, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • the_dude

      Small business like apple? facebook? cnn?

      November 23, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rsprings

      Your comment doesn't mean a diddle. These OWS people are interfering with my right to shop where I please. I won't be happy if one gets in my way as i try to enter a mall. Also, who gave these people the righ to think tey speak for the so called 99%. They certainly don't represent me or my views.

      November 23, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Rob

    Occupy wants to ruin Christmas by disrupting the middle class that works and shops at those stores. Absolute genius.

    November 23, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Herne

      Rob, If those big chain stores were gone...there would be EVEN MORE jobs for the working middle class...

      November 23, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
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