Occupy protesters plan Black Friday demonstrations

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Occupy Wall Street protesters plan demonstrations nationwide on Black Friday.

Some don't want people to shop at all. Others just want to divert shoppers from big chains and giant shopping malls to local mom-and-pops. And while the actions don't appear coordinated, they have similar themes: supporting small businesses while criticizing the day's dedication to conspicuous consumption and the shopping frenzy that fuels big corporations.
Nearly each one promises some kind of surprise action on the day after Thanksgiving, the traditional start of the holiday shopping season.
In Seattle, protesters are carpooling to Wal-Mart stores to protest with other Occupy groups from around Washington state. Washington, D.C., is offering a "really, really free market," where people can donate items they don't want so others can go gift shopping for free.
Others plan to hit the mall, but not for shopping. The 75-person encampment in Boise, Idaho, will send "consumer zombies" to wander around in silent protest of what they view as unnecessary spending. In Chicago, protesters will serenade shoppers with revamped Christmas carols about buying local. The Des Moines, Iowa, group plans flash mobs at three malls in an attempt to get people to think about what they're buying.
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robert wilson
0 #1 robert wilson 2011-11-23 11:08:48
Zombie's is a good word for these morons to associate with. Without Union workers and the homeless, their numbers are very limited. To say they are even 1% let alone 99% is an insult to even the zombies of the world
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Martha Perez, General Political Activist
0 #2 Gobble, gobble, gobbleMartha Perez, General Political Activist 2011-11-23 12:21:10
I am grateful, in being able to personally plan to catch up on holiday movies, cook my favorite holiday treats (fry bread and deviled eggs), attend the annual parade, and tree lighting in Portland, Oregon, participate at an anti-fur rally & march, relax, and reflect upon what I have to be grateful for (such as no heated arguments around the table, or having to cook for many family members).

Despite the things that we experience from time to time, there is still plenty to be thankful for in America. I personally have everything I need, in order to live this life; however, until the rest of my fellow citizens (& those who toil in the fields) have the same choices to be able to access the basics (public/afforda ble housing, decent living wage jobs, safe food/water, affordable healthcare, quality education, accessible transportation, etc) I shall passionately continue to speak out on these important issues that affect all of us. Thank you, and happy holidays.
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