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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Filed under: Business • Economy • Holidays • Occupy Wall Street • Protest • Thanksgiving
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  1. ajgorm

    Next they will be living in the sewers..

    November 23, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Whatever

    I have an idead rathe bugging people that work at these locations, why don't guys go occupy city hall, state capitol buildings, US Congress, etc. They actucally make laws thse locations and you probably could make a bigger difference there. Also, I hear the police are hundred times more fun when people that are really in power and really don't want to see us common folk on their door step all day get involved.

    November 23, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Whatever

      That would be better if I had spell checked that 1st sentence. My bad.

      November 23, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. MainGPG


    Apple is a LARGE CHAIN AND PUBLICLY TRADED RETAIL with many stores, wealthy management and stockholders.

    Should we OCCUPY APPLE?

    November 23, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • joe

      These people are idiots. They are out to get handouts and destroy the economy. How do you boycott McDonalds, Wendys, Dollar Store, Walmart and everyone else they want to boycott. These people that work there are part of the so called 99%. Their jobs pay bills. You want to put them out of work??? OWS have no idea what they are doing or what they want except as I said desotry the country, the economy and just gets handouts. They should all move to Greece and Italy and see what they want has done to the countries and the people.

      November 23, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • MainGPG

      I was hoping a member of the OWS movement would reply. My guess is that you aren't.

      November 23, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Duke1CA

    We should at least boycott the stores that are opening Thursday night, including Walmart, ToysRUs, Kmart, Target, BestBuy, Macys, Kohls. Just by not showing up at these stores until Friday after daybreak you will be sending an important message that says: "Enough is enough!" We must stop this out-of-control consumerism. I used to work at Circuit City and have seen this coming for years. Protect the workers who want to enjoy the Holiday by not giving these companies your business, at least until daybreak on Friday. You can be sure that the top exec's of these companies are not going in on Thursday.

    November 23, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • tokencode

      Who are you to tell a business what hours they can operate? Who are you to tell a worker they shouldn't work certain days?

      November 23, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Whatever

      Dukes right. If you wanna protest something, protest people working on Thanksgiving.

      November 23, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Whatever

      tokencode, seriously It's Thanksgiving. Don't make us send the 3 spirits of Thanksgiving. 😛

      November 23, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. anonymous

    IIf any of you f–kers get in my way when I'm shopping I'm gonna kick your a$$es

    November 23, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • joe

      You go get them.....

      November 23, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. well then.

    revolution will not happen if its grounded in ignorance.

    November 23, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Guest

    I urge people to consider donating to their local food banks over this holiday season if it's possible. It's amazing what they can do with cash contributions and do they ever need it. America First!

    November 23, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Boes73

      I think the Deadbeeats (=OWS) are against food banks too because it has the word bank in it.

      November 23, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. JC

    Clearly the Occupy people are limousine liberals with trust funds. Nice work advocating a boycott of retailers that employ thousands of fellow Americans. Never mind the sales tax, payroll tax, and corporate income tax that is generated from economic activity such as Black Friday. So yes, please encourage a boycott. I am sure those out of work would prefer the economy sputter along. My suggestion is direct your efforts at both political parties and get our leaders focused on making sound decisions. Beating up on corporate America and making capitalism out to be bad is a losing strategy for all of us.

    November 23, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. tokencode

    This is possibly the most short-sighted, ill-concieved "plan" I've ever heard of. If you want to sleep out in a park or stand and protest peacefully, I fully support your right to protest if not your message. Once you start impacting others by "occupying" a retailer, you have now stepped over th eline. Interrupting holiday shopping isn't going to win over any public favor or help the economy.

    At least it will be fun to watch the real 99% run over the OWS "99%" on their way to the limited offers. Don't get between the American shopper and a sale.

    November 23, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. TheAlaskaCurmudgeon

    I'd hate to see these people on a bad day.

    November 23, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. hateuall

    Shoppers bring your guns, your mace, your tasers, your peeper spray, your baseball bats, knives, whatever you need to defend yourselves against these creepy people. Do not be agfraid to defend yourselves. Cops it is time to start locking these people up for 6months with real criminals. They obviously are not getting the message.

    November 23, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Vladimir V Putin

    You see this is all very simple. All our intelligence service (SVR) has to do is penetrate – er assist this occupy movement, and help further it along. Soon we will have method of creating civil war, uh, I mean a civil discourse in the USA that will lead to greater equality and freedom for the American peoples. Any of you involved in the Occupy Movement, please visit your local Russian Consulate and we will gladly turn you into our agent for...uh, a very noble cause in your homeland.

    Vladimir V. Putin.

    November 23, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • mark

      is it possible for these occutards to be bigger clowns?

      November 23, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tracy W

    What a bunch of rocket scientists. Kill sales so that the companies have to let employees go. Stupid is as stupid does.

    November 23, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  14. job218

    I think they should protest all these stores! Less business for them, more for the smaller stores. That's what creates jobs, not these huge conglomerates. Im so fed up with these huge companies calling themselves job creators. What a crock! They destroy jobs or send them over seas is what they do!


    November 23, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • hateuall

      Small stores for the most part sell the same stuff at higher prices. Most of it is made overseas. Start living in the 21st century people. If you can't handle the modern world start a commune and live like the Amish!

      November 23, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      job218 – You are wrong on so many levels. FAIL

      November 23, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • job218

      We should boycott products overseas as well! Its time for the cheep CEOS in this country to bring our jobs back home

      November 23, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • mark

      get a job

      November 23, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      job218 – Unless the CEOs are canaries, I believe the word you were looking for is 'cheap'. Sigh...

      November 23, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • reasonable_1

      Sorry but that is the dumbest thing I've ever read – they destroy jobs and small business creates them. a small business isn't going to employee 30, 40, 50, 60 ,70k seasonal employees, are they? Didn't think so. So, since these Occupy people want to cause issues for the larger retailers simply because they are large what you all are really doing is counter productive to the message you are trying to send. Good lord, our own self stupidity will be the undoing to the U.S.

      November 23, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Woody Bailey

    These people are as ignorant as those who began the French revolution!

    November 23, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
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