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. Bob

    You are welcome to come to Texas and occupy, just stay out of my way or I'll put a boot up your ars.

    November 23, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mr.K

    I work at officemax in a call center so do that mean ur boycotting jus cuz u dnt have a job or its unfair well i like my job i got good benifits and i get good discounts to somethings i agree wit OWS but somethings i dnt but hey OfficeMax is Having Great deals on items in the stores for fri and sat while supplies last.......lol but whats next ur gna occupy cyber monday hahahaha get a life people

    see ya later

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

    don't worry I won't be in the physical building for the 99% to stop me from shopping, I will be sitting on my couch shopping on my computer; the 99% need to target special interest groups that make/control the laws in this country.

    November 23, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bryce

    The dumbest protest in history gets a lot dumber on Friday.

    November 23, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. F Daniel Gray

    Historically speaking, the OWS theme is neither simplistic, nor lacking precedent:
    " 'Of course the world revolves around the Dow Jones' and other stock indexes 'but all around the world little voices are being raised to say that man is unhappy even if the stock market is doing well.' " ' " Money decides everything ... that's why we are working to get out of the system.' " So spoke Danielle Mitterrand, "an avowed leftist," as quoted in an obituary in today's LA Times. For those unacquainted with her, she was the wife of the first socialist Prime Minister of France. She had been awarded the Croix de Guerre for fighting in the French resistance during WWII.

    November 23, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Imjustsayn

    I find it disturbing that soo many people are attacking these people for exercising their rights and standing up for what they believe in..if u don't stand for something you'll fall for it all. Just because u disagree with the movement doesn't mean you're right and they're wrong and vice versa you just have different political views.. for everyone to be so anti-communism..we as a country borrow an awful lot of money from the biggest communist on the planet so what does that say about us?...(america made in china).. Shm you know opinions are like ass holes..everyone has on and they stink..its a lot of foul comments on here...attacking someone because u disagree just shows how daft you really are..#imjustsayn

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

      They want to protest then fine. Just stay out of my face when I shop and/or commute to work.

      November 23, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jack

    Here's what happens if the 99% don't shop – then other 99%ers get laid off!! This movement is strike upon strike on the middle and low classes. PLEASE, I beg of you, STOP trying to help me!

    November 23, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. C V of MA

    You idiots! What happens to all those people who actually work for a living and rely on those
    companies to give them a paycheck every week? Oh, I forgot. You don't work for a living, you
    leach off all of us and expect that we are all going to support you. Maybe you aren't the 99%
    afterall. Perhaps you are simply the foul-breathed, unwashed, lazy 17%.

    November 23, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bloopy Blip

    I think I will only shop on Black Friday, so that I can buy stuff that I would've bought anyway for less money than any other day, thus decreasing the profits of the stores.

    November 23, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dontbow

    We need an occupy list of these idiots so that all business can boycott hiring them. They currently live in their parents basements and will be doing so for many years to come.

    November 23, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Gina65

    You know, enough is enough. The occupy movement says they're all about free speech and free expression, yet they're always disrupting the lives of others who are just living their lives. Their rights end when they start stomping on mine. I'm going shopping on Friday, and no occupier should get in my way. I've had enough of them to last me a lifetime. I've had enough of their threats and bullying tactics. Occupy Black Friday is going to backfire on them because people have lost the tolerance for this movement.Go home!

    November 23, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. DaveNYUSA

    You Occupy dumb phuques are going to protest at Amazon.com?! Can someone explains to these numbnuts what the DOT COM means?

    November 23, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • steeve-o

      It's obviously over your head, Dave.
      Do you think any items from Amazon are shipped from a warehouse, or do they just drop from thin air?
      Ever heard of cyber attacks?
      Think outside the box there, buddy.

      November 23, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • DG

      Yeah, they "totally" intend to protest at Amazon.com, and protesting in no way means not shopping online, and rallying folks to also not buy online, but yeah, you know, let's jump all over them for failing to think for a few seconds Steve.

      November 23, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. HSE

    I find it funny that all the occupy activists are boycotting Apple, Sprint, Verizon, ect. yet are still using them as their main source of communication. Whether you get a pay as you go or a plan or a pre pay you are still giving your money to those companies. I think they should go all the way or go home and snuggle up under their snuggies they got for Christmas last year and get over it

    November 23, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Why do you think it's funny? Do you expect them to use smoke signals?

      November 23, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ghost of Darwin

      They should switch to Credo (formerly known as Working Assets)

      November 23, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jerry Senzee

      You just don't understand urban warfare do you ?

      November 23, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Michael Moynahan

    Since when did supporting local businesses become the mantra chant of the lazy people with no work ethic. I have both and I don't want to give my money to a large company that doens't give a s@#t about me!. It's that simple. You do what you want with your $. As for me and my hard earned cash, it will only go to those companies that have integrity and treat employees with respect. Freedom let's me decide.

    November 23, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Ever wonder why your cash is "hard-earned" but the 1% don't lift a finger and rake in billions?

      November 23, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ghost of Darwin

      @Mike. The clue is in "hard-earned"

      November 23, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ron

    To fix most of our problems – don't buy Chinese. Then pass a law against lobbying and buying our politicians.

    November 23, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ghost of Darwin

      Yes, Campaign Finance reform would be a great start as would some limits or regulation of lobbying

      November 23, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
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