Occupy Bites Back At Post-Thanksgiving Shopping Hysteria With A New Black Friday

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Last year around this time, Mayor Michael Bloomberg sent in his force of NYPD officials to Zuccotti Park right before dawn, evicting the original Occupy Wall Street encampment that ignited a movement that would soon spread across the world. A week later, while the protestors reeled from the enforcement, hundreds of thousands of Americans descended upon department stores and Wal-Marts all over the country, stomping each other's faces (and sometimes killing each other) to grab the last piece of half-off Tubberware or whatever. We have all seen the videos.

A point could be made that what Black Friday means to us as a nation of consumers stands as the anti-thesis to most of Occupy's ideals. It's that time of the year to cringe at hyper-capitalism and to gawk at what it can do to us. And, somehow, it comes hours after giving thanks for each other's company at the dinner table.

Well, since its eviction, Occupy has been busy focusing its energy in different ways, many of which have been seen in recent weeks. There's the Rolling Jubilee, a project started by an Occupy offshoot that seeks to buy up and forgive millions of dollars worth in debt; there's Occupy Sandy, the positively-received disaster relief project that has offered aid to victims in the face of government inefficiency; and, now, activists are rolling out their newest event: Occupy Black Friday.


"To Occupy Black Friday means to support local communities," Brett Chamberlin, an activist and student journalist at NYU, told me. "Rather than contributing to the consumer nightmare, which pits neighbors against one another in a manufactured frenzy to accumulate more stuff that we just don't need."

For these reasons, Brett and co-activist Alex Fried created this list a week ago to go alongside with the event. Since the list's creation, it has garnered over 15,000 shares on Facebook and gone viral across Occupy networks. You can find it here:

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Brett Chamberlin/Alex Fried


And, just to remind ourselves what Black Friday looks like, here's a bit of that 'manufactured frenzy' in Buffalo (just a warning; it's really uncomfortable/sad to watch):



Happy shopping!


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NY_yupster
NY_yupster

please do not get trampled this holiday.

 

stampedes can be deadly.

SaberGato
SaberGato

Tried Black Friday shopping a couple of times but no more @JimmyBear2 @Glad2ShareLife @DebtTrut @OccupyGreed @ManUpUAll @sylviamagallan

sylviamagallan
sylviamagallan

@Glad2ShareLife @debttrut @occupygreed @manupuall @sabergato Boycott WalMart Boycott Macys Boycott HomeDepot Boycott Menards ALEC KochCorps

paulrogers002
paulrogers002

@villagevoice #OccupyBlackFriday sounds excellent idea, esp. support for #Walmart strikers, who deserve recognition, fair share #BlackFriday

Glad2ShareLife
Glad2ShareLife

@sylviamagallan @debttrut @occupygreed @manupuall @sabergato Thank you, Sylvia, #BOYCOTT is all that hurts Greed demons of Corporate USA

OccupyGreed
OccupyGreed

@Glad2ShareLife @sylviamagallan @DebtTrut @ManUpUAll @SaberGato <> WE HAVE THE POWER OF THE PURSE <> Use it wisely.

OccupyGreed
OccupyGreed

@ManUpUAll @Glad2ShareLife @sylviamagallan @DebtTrut @SaberGato <> Women, fast food is not nutritious. Pressure cook beans takes 10 mins

ManUpUAll
ManUpUAll

@Women_For_Obama @OccupyGreed @Glad2ShareLife @sylviamagallan @DebtTrut @SaberGato Hear hear up2 midterm we vote w $ feets & tweets!

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