Boycott Black Friday

The movement has the media’s attention and the support of the 99%, but corporate America and Washington continue with business as usual. What better way to show 1% that we mean business than denting their pocket books directly by boycotting the biggest shopping day of the year, Black Friday.

Just imagine it, the most frenzied shopping day of the year without lines of families that have camped out on Thanksgiving night to get the best deal. No reports of mobs of shoppers hysterically trampling employees and fellow bargain hunters for the new tickle-me-Elmo.

I believe this boycott would encompass the principles expressed in the movement and provide a non-violent means of protest that could include many others that are not yet involved. More importantly remind the corporations that it is the consumers who control the economy not the CEO’s in their ivory towers.

I do not wish to harm the economy, I hope that this could help boost local economies by redirecting shoppers to local businesses. Simultaneously, with the boycott events featuring local vendors and family shopping, it would show the world that we can get on just fine without big business.

A boycott of this measure would be sure to test the solidarity of the movement, but through effective communication between the cities across the nation we can achieve this vision. Fliers, street teams, and even door-to-door canvassing operations would all be effective means of getting the word out to those not yet involved. Media and press releases would be the biggest tool. Leaders would have to coordinate interviews on local stations, and if enough press is generated ideally even national news interviews pre-boycott to get the word out.

I am a member of the 99% a collage grad with mounting student loan debt, job prospects are slim and am forced to work positions that I am under-qualified for, but fortunately I do have work. Awaiting to go to law school to hopefully work in the arena of constitutional law, but more than anything I am just a supporter with a vision for the movement.

Thank you for your time. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.
In Solidarity,

Kendal Micklethwaite
Sacramento, CA

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'Boycott Black Friday'

  1.' Angie IT Group says:

    Let’s not villainize business, but instead consider on a case-by-case basis where we should buy for the holiday season. The answer is in the middle, as always. Only you can decide for yourself if a business is worth supporting: do they treat their employees fairly, do they contribute to the region and community, and do they offer a fair price and good service/product? All of these are important questions. Businesses are composed of people, and we are people (duh). We want businesses to succeed, so that people succeed (also “duh”). We want our friends and neighbors to experience this success, so not buying is not the answer; paying attention to who you buy from– taking the extra 5 minutes to learn something about the company instead of rushing out to your local super-center distributor.

    I spoke on a panel yesterday at the University of NC at Wilmington and was shocked at the general attitude interested in the overall global and national economy, with so little emphasis on the regional economy– despite the nature of UNCW as a state school that produces the majority of its students to work within the state and southeast. I was shocked that many student heard, Occupy is against “Corporate Greed” and they took that to mean “Occupy is Against Business”— NOTHING could be less true.

    We are not against business, we are against corruption– when corporations (as several of the large ones have done recently) manipulate the system, employ lobbying at great personal expense, and fail to prosecute high level executives who commit crimes.

    We are NOT against local business. Point and case, we are not even against the people of BoA of Wilmington. Do we want better business practices, yes. Do we want the PEOPLE there to lose their jobs or come to harm NO (especially cine they were kind enough to bring protestor doughnuts). But do we want to encourage local business and local jobs, yes. Do we want federal government support to break up monopolies, control big business before bailouts are necessary, and act in the best interests of states and localities (as they should by law….) YES.

    Shop for Christmas. Make your own decisions on where, but educate yourself people. I don’t mean in school, I mean read a magazine, watch the news, talk to people online AND in person. There is no magic fix for any of this, we’re all contributing the best we can to ensure that all the work our forefathers put into that lil’ scrap of paper they call the constitution isn’t tossed in the garbage so that major corporations can send our $$ overseas without reinvesting in our communities.

  2.' Steve Von Stenmen says:

    Perhaps, Ken, since you want people to support smaller businesses and local vendors, you could tell us what size business is too big to support during the boycott.

    Should we avoid businesses with more than 50 employees? More than 15? More than one?

    Or should we pester the owners into telling us how much revenue they’ve generated over the past year and quantify their relevence to the corporate scene by using those numbers? How much revenue, or profit if you prefer to do it that way, is too much?

    ShopperTrak, which measures retail foot traffic, says that last year, consumers spent an estimated $10.7 billion on Black Friday.

    That’s about 10% of all holiday sales.

    If we refuse to buy anything, and businesses large and small lose $10.7B in revenue, won’t some of these businesses be forced to put off plans to hire new workers? They might have to fire a few people thanks to the less-than-average holiday sales, which is to say, thanks to you, Ken.

    So, let us know where we should shop, and where we should not shop. I’d hate to be responsible for someone getting fired due to depressed holiday sales brought on by this boycott.

    Let us know….thanks!

    (p.s. Not everyone has a college degree and a job as you do, Ken. Some people need the Black Friday specials because that’s the only day of the year they can afford to buy certain items for their children. Think about it–for the first time in your amusingly spoiled life–on your way to becoming wealthy American lawyer #1,407,203.)

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