Hundreds Protest Over Wayfair Doing Business With Border Facilities

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A rally was held in Copley Square Wednesday afternoon to protest major online furniture company Wayfair's decision to do business with a company that operates facilities at the U.S.-Mexico border where migrant children are detained.

Hundreds of Wayfair workers marched from their offices at Copley Place at 1:30 p.m., where they were greeted by hundreds more cheering supporters.

Protesters chanted and held signs reading "A prison with a bed is still a prison" and "A cage is not a home."

"This is about getting children home to their families and not making money off of detaining them in a literal prison," one of the protesters said over a loudspeaker.

Read more about what led to the walkout here:

Here's Why Wayfair Employees Are Walking Out
Here's Why Wayfair Employees Are Walking Out
Wayfair workers walked out of the company's Back Bay headquarters to protest a decision to sell furniture to operators of border facilities for migrant children.

One Wayfair employee told WBZ NewsRadio's Kim Tunnicliffe they would like to see Wayfair executives stop profiting off of supplying beds to migrant detention facilities at the southern border.

"We don't want to profit off these camps," the worker said. "We want to set up a code of ethics to make sure whomever we do business with, we're okay with that. When we see something like this, we want to be like, you know what? This is not a customer we want to have."

 

Another worker said the issue is a humanitarian one.

"We're not here because we hate our jobs, or we even think this is a bad company," she explained. "But sometimes, people forget that we need to be human. We don't want these kids to not have beds, to be sleeping on the floor, to not be comfortable—that is not why we're here. We want those kids to have beds, but we want them to have homes."

Employees are also asking the company to donate profits earned from the order to an immigrant advocacy group.

Wayfair has reportedly pledged $100,000 to the Red Cross.

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WBZ NewsRadio's Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) reports

 

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