A vendor, Heidi Butler, recently posted to Facebook a message they received from the Phoenicia Flea Market after they applied to be a vendor. The Phoenicia Flea Market denied their request because of Butler's political views, saying "We made a stand to not work with individuals that publicly post on their Facebook pages to keep immigrants out of this country or any other hateful content. As the majority of our company is made up of women, LGBTQ, and people of color we found this to be morally hypocritical and denied a prospective client access to our business model based on this individual publicly using this kind of rhetoric." Here's Heidi Butler's Facebook posts:
The Flea Market has issued a statement saying they make "a stand to not work with individuals that publicly post on their Facebook pages to keep immigrants out of this country or any other hateful content."
Kelly reached out to the market and asked if they generally check out the Facebook pages of people that apply.
They replied "We don't normally check FB pages except when we are messaged directly on here. We just try to get a sense of what they are potentially making or selling. When we saw all the hateful posts we immediately declined her participation."
The Lumberyard was hosting the flea market, but has since canceled.
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