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Occupy protesters to target chain stores on Black Friday

Occupiers hope to steer consumers toward small, local businesses

Occupy protesters won’t be concerned with Wall Street and big banks on Black Friday.

This week the protesters will occupy parking lots rather than campuses and Zuccotti Park, in hopes of pushing consumers away from shopping malls and big changes, towards local, small businesses, the Associated Press reported. Some will even encourage people to not shop at all this Black Friday.

Although the Occupy protesters have not created a united front for Black Friday, each city will sport a similar theme in support of mom and pop shops, the AP reported. Various cities have also promised a surprise action as well.

In Seattle, Occupy protesters will kick-off the day after Thanksgiving by carpooling to Wal-Mart stores to protest with other Washington residents. The Occupy encampment in Boise, Idaho will send “consumer zombies” to wander around in silent protest of what they see as unnecessary spending, the AP reported. In Iowa, flash mobs are planned at three malls.

Chicago occupiers are going to put more of a holiday spin on their protest by singing Christmas carols with edited lyrics to shoppers, trying to steer them toward local stores.

This latest Occupy statement is similar to the message for Saturday after Thanksgiving, which is also directing shoppers toward small businesses. Small Business Saturday is hitting local areas, such as Pekin, in Central Illinois.

Small Business Saturday seems to be the answer to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, both huge sale days in preparation for the December holidays, the Pekin Times reported. Illinois Gov. Pay Quinn also declared Nov. 26 Small Business Saturday in his state.

Northfield, Minnesota is also prepping for Small Business Saturday, which was started last year by American Express, the Northfield Patch reported.

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Whether shoppers are out on Friday or Saturday the message in American cities and towns will be clear: skip the big chain and head to a local merchant.

This article originally appeared on GlobalPost.

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Nov 24, 2011, 9:48 am
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Not sure what you’re referring to, I haven’t said anything untruthful.  Unlike you, I am at least basing my statements about you on facts I’ve learned and can link to on these message boards.

It doesn’t really matter what the reason is for protesting wal-mart or other big-box and chain stores, since they all have a huge dependence on China in order to make huge profits.  The two go hand in hand.  For you to separate them is short-sighted.

For the record, I have protested wal-mart for years, mainly because of their huge dependence on China, but also for their ability to totally shut down local businesses, and for their poor treatment of workers, especially women.  And i protest the same with any other business.  When you say things like i ‘probably wasn’t aware of it until you told me’ just add to the fact that you are way too presumptuous to have a decent conversation with.

Nov 23, 2011, 11:55 pm
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Not only am I not a hypocrite, but you’re a liar.

My statement earlier in this thread was all true, and contradicted nothing I have said in the past…especially that which you linked to.

Let’s be honest here…you’re not protesting Walmart because they’re shipping American to China one dollar at a time. Odds are you weren’t even aware of that until I told you about it. You’re protesting Walmart because they’re plentiful, and have more money than you. With you, it’s nothing about patriotism; it’s just class envy in your case.

But, you move your flea circus to Walmart if it makes you happy. I for one think that would provide much more entertainment then your park squatting has lately.

Nov 23, 2011, 9:39 pm
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Heh, Bret,  You cite shopping at Wal-mart a part of the problem in another thread but you are quick to insult the same people calling for support of small businesses instead.  This is proof positive that you, sir, are a hypocrite!

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Shoppers take advantage of Black Friday sales at the Westfield San Franscisco Centre mall in 2009. Occupy Wall Street protesters will take to mall parking lots on Friday with hopes of pushing consumers away from big chain stores toward local, small businesses.