Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is backing Wayfair employees walking out of work over their CEO’s business dealings with migrant detention camps.
“Wayfair workers couldn’t stomach they were making beds to cage children,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Tuesday. “They asked the company to stop. CEO said no. Tomorrow, they‘re walking out. This is what solidarity looks like — a reminder that everyday people have real power, as long as we’re brave enough to use it.”
Last week, Ocasio-Cortez appeared on Instagram Live saying, “The United States is running concentration camps on our Southern border…” and equating the president’s immigration practices to the Holocaust.
More than 500 employees at the home decor company signed a petition asking their CEO to stop doing business with detention camps — and that any proceeds from such sales be donated to RAICES (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services).
Wayfair workers couldn’t stomach they were making beds to cage children.
They asked the company to stop. CEO said no.
Tomorrow, they‘re walking out.
This is what solidarity looks like – a reminder that everyday people have real power, as long as we’re brave enough to use it. https://t.co/667abeLDTG
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 25, 2019
Twitter user Sun_Diaz tweeted a two-page letter to Wayfair management about “the atrocities being committed at our Southern border” and concern over a deal with non-profit BCFS, which reportedly manages detention camps. Employees claim Wayfair sold $200,000 worth of bedroom furniture to the non-profit, allegedly used in a Carrizo Springs, Texas, camp for 3,000 occupants.
“We believe that by selling these (or any) products to BCFS or similar contractors we are…complicit in furthering the inhumane actions of our government,” wrote workers.
Employees asked that Wayfair stop doing business with any organization involved in detaining immigrants and establish a code of ethics for B2B sales. “At Wayfair we believe that ‘everyone should live in a home that they love.’ Let’s stay true to that message by taking a stand against the reprehensible practice of separating families, which denies them any home at all.”
According to the authors, in September, Wayfair’s furniture filled up a BCFS camp in Tornillo, Texas, for more than 2,500 children.
But Wayfair management rejected the letter, writing in a response, “…No matter how strongly any one of us feels about an issue, it is important to keep in mind that not all employees or customers agree. Your fellow employees hold a wide range of opinions and perspectives and Wayfair, as a mass-market brand, is oriented to serve a broad and diverse customer base.”
Wayfair stated that it maintains the right to conduct business with “any customer who is acting within the laws of the countries within which we operate.” And that sales do not indicate support for an organization’s values.
tl;dr – Wayfair sold beds to furnish border camps; 547 employees signed a petition to ask that we cease all business with border camps; CEO said no —>employees are walking out tmrw at 1:30pm. We ask that Wayfair donate all profits made from the sale to RAICES #WayfairWalkout
— wayfairwalkout (@wayfairwalkout) June 25, 2019
Employees of the Boston-based company plan will walk out of work on Wednesday, while many customers, celebrities, and public figures are turning their backs on Wayfair.
Here’s the deal with the @Wayfair walk out. They absolutely do NOT have to be the company that supplies the prison camps. These are privately owned camps that are for profit. Your elected officials cannot even get in there to see them! This CEO? 👎. Pls follow @wayfairwalkout pic.twitter.com/mYN9IQKTxU
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) June 25, 2019
We must actively #resist any & all efforts by this cruel, incompetent administration to cage children and separate families. I proudly stand in solidarity w/ the hardworking individuals at #Wayfair who are walking out in the name of #justice & humanity. https://t.co/UFvCZNGeTJ
— Rep Ayanna Pressley (@RepPressley) June 25, 2019
Since Wayfair has decided to side with a cruel, fascist regime that keeps kids in cages, they might as well go all out and stockpile Tiki torches for the next Nazi march.
Shame on you, @Wayfair.
But BRAVO to your courageous employees. #wayfairwalkout https://t.co/nSj1M6qAFJ
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) June 25, 2019
This Wayfair story reveals some of the treacherous waters brands have to navigate with respect to the hateful policies of the Trump administration. +
— Shannon Coulter (@shannoncoulter) June 25, 2019
Ugh, just read this after making a purchase from Wayfair – for my 5 year old’s room, no less. @wayfair this is important, I’m cancelling the order and won’t buy from you anymore unless this is addressed.
— Jenny (@JennyHR1976) June 25, 2019
The problem is that they are profiting off of the suffering of children. @Wayfair employees asked the CEO to donate the profits to RAICES and they refused. That’s why there is outrage.
— Elizabeth Bennet 🌍 (@thujachinook) June 25, 2019
Executives from Wayfair and BCFS did not return Yahoo Lifestyle’s request for comment. Employees involved in the walk-out could not be reached by Yahoo Lifestyle.
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