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. Babar

    Holy stuff! You mean that if don't do the Black Friday thing, which I never will do, that's gonna make me an "occupier"?

    November 23, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • deb

      Yep....just doing nothing makes you an occupier.

      November 23, 2011 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andy

      PERVE I pray to you, O Holy Father,Who represents Our Lord on earthBut Whom I'd ehratr not now bother(Although He was of virgin birth)To bless me with your intercessionAnd so I would make my confessionTo you, O Pontiff. Hear me, please.Il Papa, I'm on bended kneesAnd beg you for your consecration.Allow me, please, to kiss your ring;And, if you want your other thing.Cure Mother Church of aggravationSo we can go on saving souls But, Pontiff, O their buttonholes

      March 12, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. deb

    The occupiers are just plain whacko. They are really attacking the 99% with this. If those in the 99% want to use their credit cards, which by the way, keep people in jobs who are also part of the 99%, then let them. WHo do the occupiers think they are? I pay my credit cards off every month. They are more convenient than carrying cash.

    November 23, 2011 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • DeeNYC

      that's because they're dumb. They've done nothing but hurt residents and small businesses. The rich don't even know they're alive except what they read in the papers. But it's all moot, the hanging out has already dwindled to near nothing. They went back to their normal street corners scattered around the city and continue to beg as usual.

      November 25, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  3. 1ofthe99%

    It's pathetic that so many Americans are willing to go out and spend what little money they have - or charge it on credit cards - and trample over each other's dead bodies to get their Black Friday "deals" because it's the holidays. What Americans need to do is BUY NOTHING. Let the big corporations (including the government), the 1%, the banks, etc., fall flat on their faces, instead of propping it up on the backs of modern wage slaves. What do you want Little Timmy or Susie to have - an Xbox and a bunch of other useless, meaningless crap for Xmas - or a class system that keeps the poor poor and a national deficit that will they will pay for for the rest of their lives? Shop until you drop, slaves.

    November 23, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • jeff

      It's so pathetic how you fall for that Occupy crap.. Yes yes.. don't shop..BUY NOTHING.. in the meantime, put the rest of the 99% out of work. Way to go Occupy.. Hurt the very people you claim to represent.. Any you.. Are one total freaking id10t. I'm not a big fan of Black Friday.. But I am a fan of the economy and my and families well being.. Keep gettin in the way Occupy and see what happens.

      November 23, 2011 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jeff

    "So just imagine what would happen to the 1% if the 99% did not spend on Black Friday." ... We would all suffer. Morons keep attacking the real 99%.. bunch a stupid idiots.

    November 23, 2011 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      Are you suggesting that people have an obligation to spend? I wholeheartedly disagree. I think if people took an objective look, they would see that it makes more sense to save, and instead of buying useless gifts for each other for Christmas, spend time with each other. People want Christ out of government. Take Him out of retail too!

      November 24, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Clyde M

    I am so sic of these Occupy tools. There are a lot of people stimulating the economy and buying gifts for loved ones they couldn't otherwise afford on Black Friday–and not because they are overcharging their cards, but because the deals are good. Plus, even if they ARE "overcharging" their card, that is THEIR OWN FAULT, not some mysterious 1% smoking cigars and laughing in a backroom somewhere. People have become irresponsible and pretending that it is all the work of an evil 1% manipulating everyone is dishonest and unhelpful.

    Maybe the fat cats make some money on Black Friday (so named because it is the first time ALL YEAR that many businesses finally break even and start to turn a profit) but this is the 99% standing in the way of the 99% trying to buy gifts at great prices (often at a loss for the big evil stores) for loved ones. And it isn't going to go over well.

    November 24, 2011 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
  6. Editor

    Have a plan, wear comfortable shoes... haven't we forgot something?

    If you truly want to buy something new, you must follow the golden rule #1: get rid of your old stuff first...

    Let'™s say you wish to buy this e-reader, but you already have an old one. What can you do?

    Kill My PC is offering a unique solution to this "œproblem". http://killmypc.com is offering what is called a"œreverse deal": Destroy your computer by time for Black Friday (they show exactly how to do it), so you could buy a new one... So, they are providing guides and instructions about how to get rid of your computer. Then, at last, you can buy a new one!


    November 24, 2011 at 2:39 am | Report abuse |
  7. Steve

    It's that time of year to give the CEO's of Wall St Banks and Global Corporations with no allegiance to the USA a pay raise along with their "Tax Holidays" that bilk the US Treasury out of 75 billion dollars a year for starters. This is my job. I educate the people of the USA. US Hedge Funds have crashed the economies of Greece, Italy, Spain, and are working on crashing Germany, France, and the Euro itself by buying bonds, selling them sort, and manipulating other financial assets to devalue the bonds into the "magic 7%." John Paulson makes $2.1 million an hour. US Congressional members reward themselves with "legal insider trading" profits from info gleaned at their hearing rooms. They don't have to take bribes anymore when they've got the Wall St casino at their finger tips. The banks get the money for nothing and we have to pay 17 to 29% if we use a credit card where we've been on time paying our balance for 6 years. The bankers big pay day is when the stock markets crash. Get ready because they want another big pay day to then skip off to Lichtenstein with the loot we worked our butts off to pay them? Where is the stop sign? Buy Nothing Day is tomorrow. Vote? Yours and mine have been bought, suppressed, changed, caged, or jerry mandered.

    November 24, 2011 at 7:02 am | Report abuse |
  8. aliasooze

    Money talks. That seems to be the only thing that gets to talk in today's society. OWS understands that The boycott on Coors beer by the Gay Rights movement is an excellent example. That made Coors not only stop firing people that were gay, but start hiring them openly. The Teamsters started openly hiring gay people as well in an alliance. Harvey Milk was behind a lot of the negotiations, and was actually not only invested in Gay rights, but interested in SECURE JOBS for gay people. He was very successful at both.
    Coors when questioned by the right wing, even to this day says "It makes good business sense". In other words, they don't want to lose the money they lost when Coors was pulled from the gay bars.
    Form those alliances OWS and you will prevail. A lot of the Unions already support the cause, you are gaining power every time you include any part of society that has been stomped on by the main stream politicians. Don't exclude the homeless, unemployed, underemployed, drug addicts, gays, people of all colors and religions...form an alliance with them and help them with their problems.

    November 24, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  9. George

    The problem is that gift-giving has become an expected norm for Christmas. The frenzy is ridiculous. I ask that no one get me anything for Christmas, instead, just get your children their toys if you want but adults should stop the gift giving amongst themselves and enjoy each other's company instead.

    November 24, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  10. Hal

    It's about time that the 99% idiots realize that they are boycotting all the wrong places. They need to be protesting in D.C. That is where the LIAR's who make the laws that permit the so called abuse. True that GE nevere paid any taxes but, they never broke any laws in not doing so. Therefore, Change the law. Don't damn those that follow it. Get to those that make the laws. Wake up you 99% schmucks.

    November 24, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      Yeah, maybe because America is the beast of Revelation!!! Lol


      November 24, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Smedley Fernhoop

    Protesting spending that helps our economy? Geez, what's next?! I hope they pepper spray those jerks.

    November 25, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  12. Bob

    "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."
    1.Then the "99%" are at fault for spending what they don't have.
    2. Please prove they're all hardworking.
    This occupy propaganda sounds like it came straight from the communist manifesto.

    November 25, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • jeff G

      Do you make millions of dollars a year. Ok, your not part of the 1%. We are protesting the corporations that take advantage of all the hard working 99%. Have you checked your interest rate lattly?? 20% or 25% interest. We loan it to them (the banks) at 1% I'll bet your mad now! WW ARE THE 99% WE ARE MAD AND WE ARE NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE!

      November 25, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. dan moppar

    OWS liberal pukes. GET A JOB YOU LAZY A$$WIPES.

    November 25, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • jeff G

      Dan your lazy! Get off your ass and volunteer at a homeless shelter or actually read something about how the banks and big corporations are taking Billions of tax payer money. Just taking it! Dont be sheep, wake up America! WE ARE MAD AND WE AREN'T GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE !

      November 25, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  14. A.A

    I don't know OWS UNCHARTED 3 FOR $29 at Best Buy oh yes

    November 25, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. J America

    The 99% can come out in droves and have our signs, however as long as we try to work within a broken government absolutely nothing will be done. This is the reason people are screaming about having an agenda, and the agenda should be to re-structure the current government:

    Revised Term Limits for Politicians – no more than two 2 year terms.

    A Cut in all Politicians’ Pay, Social Security and Healthcare, All politicians’ salaries, Social Security benefits and healthcare costs shall not exceed the current middle-class medium of their respective states. This is the only way they will fight for the middle class.

    A Restriction on Outsourcing American Jobs, no American business will be allowed to outsource more than 20% of its workforce.

    Criminal Charges for Anti-American Businesses and Bribed Politicians. Any business that interferes or attempts to push its own agenda through our political system will be considered anti-American and treated as a criminal enterprise.

    An Immediate Removal of Current Representatives and Moratorium on Congressional Actions. Did you know at this point in our history it is impossible to remove a member of Congress? This needs to change.

    As evidenced by the steady decline of our country and rampant corruption of our current political system, our present government has shown it is no longer for, but against, the people. It is neither willing nor capable of reforming itself. We the 99% must have the agenda to reform the government.

    JAmerica – CivilianAuthority.org

    November 26, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
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