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. The voice of raisin

    No jobs? No money? Bad government? I hear several middle eastern countries are hiring people for their military. The cartels are also looking for drug mules and there's always working harder than the next person in this country. Instead of protesting because you're too lazy to work, leave the country and find out what a hard life really means. But why would you hurt your peers on the one day they can afford to spend their money. I hope you;re not the one who gets shot by an irate shopper on Friday. Then again...

    November 23, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. steve

    Well, seriously - what else do you expect them to do besides occupy? It's not like they have any money to go shopping with on Friday.

    November 23, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Malkav

    Ok, some huge corporations do bad stuff, but for those complaining that businesses don't share profits, etc, etc. Before you complain, try yourself to open a business and risk your a-s-s, risk not having money, having one month with profit and the other with losses, and not knowing when will it be the next time you will get paid instead of having your paycheck deposited every week for you.
    Yes, I agree that some things should be better controlled so HUGE companies don't destroy the economy because of being too greedy like they did. But hey, big companies are big now because someone years/decades ago put his own a-s-s on the line to start it. Or do you think people like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, etc don't deserve their billions? Look at how they improved the world around us.
    Banks suck? Think about a world without banks, mortgages, loans and credit cards, how many people would be able to afford to buy a house or a car with 100% down? And don't start saying that charging interest is wrong, they are putting their money on the line and they can lose it all if you don't pay them back, nobody is doing that for free.

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

      Before you slight OWS ... try not buying food for a month because you have no money!

      November 23, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      Try going to your sons funeral because the only place you can afford to live is so dangerous that 80 % of the men will be dead before they are 30 year old!

      November 23, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Michael Moynahan

    I'll put my hard work experience against anyone, and I support local business!

    November 23, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bankster

    I am a bankster.

    I am rich.

    Stuff it

    November 23, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jackie

    Supporting small business is not bad. Big business like Walmart does not reat employee well, pay minimum wage, do not pay benefits, etc. Small business we support, they do not use child labor, they do not use slave labor. Try and read what happens to the workers in China.

    November 23, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dr.John

    These people are truely idiots. Retail spending is helping the economy and helping create some jobs. Time for the occupy protestors to go home....or find a job.

    November 23, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. WorkingGuyNYC

    So you want to disrupt black friday because companies are slashing prices (taking away from their profits) which benefits the 99%. What a way to lose public support.

    I'm guessing none of the protesters have been to a black friday sale. Just try blocking a mother on a mission for a 50% off xbox. Hope they have medical.

    November 23, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. NeverQuit

    The target should be companies that purchase politicians, and therefore the focus should be on those companies, big or small, that disproportionately contribute corporate money to influence political outcomes. Targeting ALL publicly-traded companies doesn't make sense: there are still many "good citizen" corporations that play fair, pay a decent wage, and don't seek to corrupt our political system.

    November 23, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kim Jong IL

    Yes, I completely agree with Vladimir Putin. North Korea would also like to help the oppressed American people. We can send over many highly trained professionals to aid in your occupation demonstrations. We just need help getting them there. Can anyone sponsor a few plane tickets? Say...for maybe a few hundred thousand er...participants?
    Kim Jong IL.

    November 23, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. sam

    I noticed Apple wasn't on that list. Coincidence? I think not.

    November 23, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Hugo Chavez

    Yes, Venezuela would also like to stand with Russia and North Korea in their pledge to help the oppressed American people. For the occupiers, we are willing to donate fuel and other supplies. We are not able to send any personnel to help with the occupation at this time.

    November 23, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chris

    Haha these damn occupy people. Not going to stop me from getting a new xbox on the cheap.

    November 23, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Matt

    Boycott large corporations! Or at least that's the message that they are posting to Facebook using their iPads.

    November 23, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Incognito

    so by boycotting retailers, the retailers tank and then people lose jobs. way to go. and even if it's only minimum wage, at least it's a job!

    November 23, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
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