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. Pine Tree

    Watch them get trampled by the shoppers...that will be hillarious

    November 23, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  2. Annoyedwith OWS

    I bet the perfume departments will see increased sales with a bunch of filthy foul swelling OWS hippies hanging around.

    November 23, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  3. Feast of Beast

    I'm pizzed off at retailers, but only because they subject their employees to this Black Friday sadism. They can't even give them one freakin' day with their loved ones to relax and socialize. No they have to report to work at midnight so idiotic stampeding cattle shoppers who feel that they just HAVE to have a deal can be placated. It's wrong, it's become a really sick tradition, and it needs to stop. 3 days of shopping should be enough. I don't care how much they may pay them for the trouble to show up at 2:00 a.m. or some other un-godly hour. Time, not money, is the most precious thing we have. This should in no way infer that I support the occupy protesters and their antics, because I don't. I want he retailers to treat their employees better, and I want to kick the camped-out loser Black Friday shoppers in the azz. I hope they all trample themselves....

    November 23, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Just my opinion

      Wow, you are a tough guy aren't you. You go and kick them in the Azz tough guy. We are all impressed by your empty threats

      November 23, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  4. Kim

    I worked at Abercrombie & Fitch all through college and if I was working there Friday and someone tried to Occupy my store it wouldn't last long because we'd just call the cops. By occupying A&F you won't be getting the attention of the CEO (even though he may turn into a T-shirt that says something like "A&F Occupying Since Hotness 1892" which will ultimately just make him richer) but you will drive all the high school and college students working there crazy. Black Friday and the holidays already suck for people in retail, don't make it worse by taking your frustrations out on them, go to the corporate offices, that's where your gripe is, not your local mall. I have more reason to occupy A&F than OWS does, they were probably offering to pay the Situation more to not wear their clothes than they ever paid me to wear them.

    November 23, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Laren

      I totally agree. If you want to have an effect on the corporation but not anger prospective OWSers, just boycott. That will make share-holders lose dividends and gain the support of the 99% that work retail. Of course some of those share-holders represent the 99%.

      November 23, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  5. Manda

    "The credit cards the 99% overcharge will allow the 1% to enrich themselves gluttonously on the backs of hardworking people" Then protest those people who are overcharging their credit cards causing the banks to make money.....are these people for real?

    November 23, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  6. GRofPA

    Oppressed societies will always stay oppressed as long as those who have the courage to stand for change are condemned and criticized by the very people who suffer the oppression. The ultra-wealthy elite have leveraged their control of virtually all media outlets to brainwash you with emotional rhetoric so that you actually believe it is perfectly OK to get screwed daily and you must be lazy if you say please stop screwing me. Wake up People – take your heads out of the sand!

    November 23, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  7. Nik

    How about they Occupy a soup kitchen or Meals on Wheels and help those who are truly in need?

    November 23, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  8. Spastica Rex

    It is an American's DUTY to shop on Black Friday! These Marxist protesters are traitors for suggesting otherwise. The police should confiscate protesters' wallets, take a percentage of the contents, and distribute the money among the fine retailers and other job creators that make up the backbone of our great nation.

    November 23, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  9. John

    They better not get in my way. I reserve my RIGHT of Freedom of Physical Amendment.... (2nd Amendement will do just fine)

    November 23, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  10. VPalmer

    If they boycott Home Depot and because of low sales my spouse loses his part time job how has that helped? He is a 20 year Air Force veteran and needs his job at Home Depot because our electric bill has more than doubled since purchasing our home. The electric company has had at least nine rate increases since purchasing our home.
    Just saying that boycotting stores where employees need their jobs is not going to help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 23, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  11. Seattle Moderate

    These extremists need to get it through their selfish narrow-minded heads that people in this country are free to do whatever they wish, as long as it does not impede on another person's freedom. If people want to shop at these stores, then they can. If these protesting extremists want to protest, they can, but it crosses the line when they affect other people's freedom. And if they do, then they earn the pepper spray in their faces. I was actually in support of this movement until last week when here in Seattle a crowd of these selfish morons completely blocked a bridge during rush hour – a bridge that lies on a major artery to several local hospitals, and is likely not used by many, if any, members of the 1%. So now I am against this movement. They're not the 99%. They're a 1% fringe group that hates the upper-class 1%. And now because of their divergence into extremism, they're rapidly losing the support of the 98% – the true majority face of America.

    November 23, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • GRofPA

      We should eliminate laws against murder and theft too – they impede my rights to do as I pleae – right?

      November 23, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Seattle Moderate

      GRofPA: No, we should not eliminate these laws because murder and theft obviously impede on another person's rights. Did you not even read what I typed? Is it really that hard of a concept to understand?

      November 23, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  12. GRofPA

    You have all been brainwashed into believing it is perfectly OK for you and the rest of us to be screwed continously. These people are actually trying to help you – wake up!!!!

    November 23, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
    • mab18

      What have they done to try and help "us"? I'm being totally serious with my question too – I have been really trying to figure out what they are trying to accomplish – and how they are trying to accomplish it. I see the news about the protests, and I walk past a "camp" every day, but I still can't figure out exactly what they are doing, why they are doing it, and how they expect it to bring about change.

      November 23, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  13. FedUPwithFEDS

    Even as disgusted as I am with our government, I see just how stupid OWS is. Here in Houston they stopped traffic as part of their protest. Never worrying about the broke mother with a late bill at the daycare, the patient being rushed to the hospital, or the emergency personnel they removed from other needed places. Why are the cities allowing this trash to continue?? I have written more than one letter to Houston's Mayor and not one response to date. Several "Anti OWS" Facebook pages are springing up, find one for your local area and learn how to combat this crap in your city!

    November 23, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  14. nwnjjim

    This merely further muddies their message(s). Who knows what that is at this point, in fact, this whole "movement" has become pointless. News coverage is disappearing, very few people support them, and everytime you turn around there is a different, incoherent message from one of the thousands. Talking heads asking on TV, "Why isn't the President saying something about the arrests"? Simple, really. He has no idea what they want, they break the law and expect their righteous "objective" to excuse their criminal behavior, and fewer and fewer Americans know what they want and support them. What is he to say about this? He can't possibly support them without alienating nost of the electorate.

    November 23, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  15. gedwards

    "Hey guys, let's hurt retailers, so they make lower profits, and layoff workers!" Brilliant!

    November 23, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
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