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Occupy protestors plan to 'mob' stores during Black Friday

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

They've been out there for weeks. A lot of people thought Occupy Nashville protestors would go home by now, but they haven't.

And while the group celebrated Thanksgiving, they also discussed a plan of attack, so to speak.

They want to challenge the Black Friday rush that a lot of us are expecting.

Dozens of protestors gathered on Legislative Plaza Thursday.

Beginning Thursday night, many of them will hit the streets and the malls and a few big-box stores, all of it to make their message heard at the very start of the holiday shopping season.

"There's good guys, there's bad guys. But I think in general most people just care about staying in power and getting reelected," protestor Chad Riden said.

Weeks into the protest, the group continues to grow.

Thursday, supporters and fellow protestors donated the turkey, sides and dessert.

"The outpouring of support has been wonderful. Our folks from our livestream and online, and just people that stop by and want to bring dinner and lunch," protestor Jason Steen said.

Late Thursday and early Friday, a group of protestors will leave Legislative Plaza to stage "flash mobs" at malls and big-box retailers.

Their message?

"Think twice about spending at the big-box retailers, the ones that have a lot of the influence and the large corporations. Shop local. There's a lot of local merchants and businesses that need and deserve the business as much as the big box retails do," Steen said.

On holidays, most of us avoid talk of politics. But here at Occupy, and especially now, some would say maybe that is the bigger problem.

"If we could have our elections where they're voted like 'American Idol,' everyone would participate. If we had candidates that acted like Kim Kardashian, everybody would care," Riden said.

As for preparation for those flash mobs, they've rewritten some Christmas classics.

They won't say yet where they'll show up, but they've said they'll do so as stores begin to open later Thursday night.

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