Occupy Wall Street protesters have picked out their new target: Black Friday.
Protesters are planning to host a series of demonstrations during the Black Friday shopping weekend which also includes an anti-fur rally at Macy’s Herald Square in Manhattan.
The occupy Black Friday protest, set to begin on Friday, is a part of a larger protest known as OccupyXmas that will carry on through Dec. 25.
Occupy Wall Street protesters along with more than 150 animal-rights activists will add to the frenzy near Macy’s flagship store on W. 34th St. starting at 1:30 p.m., Friday, organizers told The Associated Press.
The protesters are urging people to raise their voices against the top retail stores – which includes everything from Wal-Mart to Target to Dick's Sporting Goods to Dollar Tree.
“To the trolls. The Point of Occupy Black Friday is simple. To give money to others besides those who are currently using theirs to corrupt the politics of our nations,” the group’s Facebook page read. “The idea is simple, hit the corporations that corrupt and control American politics where it hurts, their profits.”
The group on their Facebook page has also described the Black Friday protest as “the one day where the mega-corporations blatantly dictate our actions, they say shop and we shop! Pushing their ledgers from red to black.”
Protesters in Seattle have planned to gather at a Wal-Mart in the city of Renton by Friday afternoon to join the protest with other groups from around Washington State.
In Washington State protesters have also urged people to contribute or donate unnecessary items so that others can go gift shopping for free.
Protesters in the Valley Stream, N.Y., Wal-Mart have arranged for a similar protest where a worker died three years ago after he was trampled by shoppers.
Activists in Windy City, Chicago, are planning to sing for shoppers with reworked Christmas songs on all floors of the mall. They are also planning to shout a series of messages that resembles a problem and then its solution.
The protesters, though, have not revealed all the malls they plan to target.
One of the gals is working on a whole series of Christmas carols reworked for economic injustice issues, activist Sugar Russell, a student at DeVry University in Chicago told Press TV. We're going to bring the messages to the masses in an entertaining way.