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. imronburgundy

    "OCCUPY BLACK FRIDAY by occupying/boycotting large chain stores and publicly traded retail" Which is it? Occupy the retailers or boycott them? Hahahaha turds.

    November 23, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. GeorgeGray

    Why not Occupy Christmas? The falling sales tax receipts will remind an unresponsive gov't, and the falling sales will "tank" the stock market.

    November 23, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mark

    Very dumb move. Look I can understand taking on banks, I can understand opposition to bailouts, wall street scandals – I support that, not necessarily Occupy, but the idea behind it.

    BUT attacking retail right close to Christmas when its do or die, and jobs count on it – the ONLY casualties will be minimum wage service staff. Very poor strategy.

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

    When will these idiots actually get to the root of the problem, aka, the government? Businesses aren't the problem, it's idiotic legislation by congress that only benefits them, not the American people.

    November 23, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Really Jersey

    Oh look! It's another one of those COWS! This one's named Veronica. But she is one of the mad COWS. The ones whose brains are deteriorating because they have no answers. Poor things just keep spewing with anger ...This one' speech has even started to go bad. So sad.

    November 23, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mark Hudson

    They should be out in front of the White House!

    November 23, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Michael Moynahan

    This entire article could be summarized by saying that shoppers should consider their choices on Black Friday or whateve day they shop beyond "who's got the best deal". Why shop at a big "private" corporate store that will put their profits in the accounts of the owners of those private companies who most likley don't live anywere near you and I and certainly won't reinvest that money by creating more jobs in your area. On the contrary, the small business owner will spend those profits local, invest locally and produce more jobs locally. We tried this experiment several decades ago and shoppers ultimately said, Screw you Small Business, I want my stuff cheaper. That philosophy won the day and now we have what we have- big box stores all over America. If you love the status quo, keep it up. If you'd like to see it change, consider shopping at a small business and encourage your friends to do the same. it's not about forcing anybody to do anything different. Americans can and will always do what they want. our shopping choices, as stupid as it may sound, do effect the economy. the article is flawed by saying "public" instaed of "privately" held companies. The way to influence publically held companies if you don't like their practices is to sell their stock.

    November 23, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rsprings

      Here's the thing Michael, I shop at both large and small businesses as most American do. The larger retailers are more likely to have a variety and usually at an affordable cost. You can complain about WalMart all you want but many low income people shop there because they can stretch their $$ further than the local mini mart. Just a fact that you'll have to live with. Also, in my county the ten largest corporations pay $200 million in property taxes that supports our school system. Who know how much sales tax they pay or how many small businesses they support as suppliers. You folks need to get you heads out of the fog and realize yo are being used by the far left. So when I go the mall this weekend...don't get in my way.

      November 23, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Why Use Facts

    Don't want the 1% making money off of all your credit card purchases? Don't use credit cards! The whole "movement" seems like a bunch of people are upset that they can't keep up with the Joneses, why worry about what anyone else has and live within your means and be happy with what you have not envious of what others have.

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

    If a protester tries to block me from entering a store on Friday, my fist will occupy their face.

    November 23, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. alanseago

    So Occupy will solve the unequal distribution of wealth in America by shutting down Dollar Store for a day?

    November 23, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. rusty

    Yea boycott all publicly traded companies! That way my 401K and millions of other Americans who have worked and saved for retirement will go even further down the crapper.

    November 23, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Occupy a JOB!

    What about the people who are working at these stores? Trying to make a living. Trying to feed their families. Trying to get a few extra hours over the holidays. How will they feel when they have to make their way through the line of stupidity blocking the door? What happens when their hours are cut if you're successful with your boycott?

    Quit your whining and get yourself on the business end of a lawn mower!!!

    November 23, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patricksday

      Oh now you care about temporary christmas help and their struggle to pay bills when it might cut into your Merry bank account.

      November 23, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Twilighttrail

      Howabout living in a world in which people don't have to work every holiday to survive? How about a holiday actually being a holiday for everyone? Oh right, we'd have to have unions for that to be possible, and they are so awful, protecting workers and all. What's next, you send your children to work in factories once the child labor laws (put in place by pressure from unions) are gutted? Why not turn this around, and asked yourself why we are so selfish and anxious for bargains on more and more stuff that we force people to give up their holidays to cater to our thoughtlessness. You don't care, right, as long as you get to have your shopping fun. Think about the consequence of forcing more an more people to give up their holidays? If everyone said "no" to this nonsense EVERYONE could enjoy the holiday, but that would require some backbone on everyone's part, wouldn't it?

      November 23, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil

      Hey, Patricksday and Twilighttrail. I think if you read through all the comments here, its pretty apparent that you are out of step and America is sick of you. You don't represent the "99%", you only represent your own obstinate, self centered view of the system. Your whole movement is failing solely on the obvious lack of character among your support base. The longer you keep it up, the more it will wear thin and we will start having "Occupy OWS" protests and out-shout you. You're done.

      November 23, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Twilighttrail

      So Phil, in other words you don't care of other people have to work holidays so you can shop 24 hours a day? I think reasonable minds can debate who is being self-centered here. I believe that ultimately you will find that you and your cohorts are on the wrong side of history. Enjoy the bubble you are living in while you may.

      November 23, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil

      Twilighttrail, You don't know a thing about me and you are taking extreme liberties thinking you do! I don't shop 24 hours a day. I hardly shop at all. I don't have any cohorts (unless you count the massive amounts of opinions here that are in agreement with me and opposition to you!). I come from a poor family and I've worked very hard to get where I am in life. I still struggle occasionally, but I don't blame anyone. I got where I am on my own merits. You, on the other hand seem to think the world owes you something! It doesn't. The world owes you absolutely squat! If anyone is living in a bubble, clearly it is YOU! And I'm already on the right side of history.

      November 23, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Twilighttrail

      Phil, you are also making assumptions. I went to work when I was 15 because I didn't want to ask my parents for spending money - not that they had it to hand out anyway - and I have taking care of myself most of my adult life. I lost my full time job when I was 65 because the financial collapse brought our firm down (I'm 68 now) and after that worked 4 jobs to stay afloat until I began to have panic attacks. I'm still working, but I'm giving up some things as my income declines, and I am o.k. with that. I have never thought the world owes me individually a living, but no one succeeds entirely on his own. I am happy to pay my taxes for a decent infrastructure and help for people needing a hand up. We are failing to the extent we spit on people less fortunate than us, and we have become a country that robs from the poor and gives to the rich. I'm sorry you don't seem to think it's a problems that the last several years have seen the biggest transfer of wealth from the bottom to the top in this country's history. It will make us a third world country in the long run. I am sure there are people in OWS that I wouldn't want to dinner in my house, and the corporate media naturally focus on that minority, but the majority of people in OWS know most of us have been had in a whole lot of ways. Unless your are a milliornaire, they are fighting for you too, whether you care to acknowledge it or not.

      November 23, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. George

    Good I like the idea.

    November 23, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. RDWLJH

    They are so embarassing for America... I mean really. We used to be a society of citizens who got tough when challenged - now we hang out in parks and complain that we didn't get our fair shake? Is that the best we can do??? They see no opportunities? I say they aren't creative enough, smart enough, inventive enough - learn a new skill or get in line with the other bottom feeders (maybe THAT'S the more appropriate name for this "movement"? The "Bottom Feeder" movement?) Thank goodness, these idiots do NOT represent most of what Americans think or believe... they are a sideshow, plain and simple.

    November 23, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. George

    This is what you get when you ban human beings from buying food! People should not be put on a list that prevents them from working or finding a job!

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