CV NEWS FEED // A recently-launched business platform is rapidly becoming popular for its pro-life, pro-family values, and has gained attention for reaching out to help 350 former Bud Light employees who were laid off last week.
PublicSq., a self-proclaimed “marketplace” for “values-aligned businesses” connects shoppers with local and national companies that don’t support leftist values.
“Tired of supporting companies with a woke agenda?,” the website asks. “PublicSq. does the vetting for you so you can be more intentional with your spending without compromising on quality.”
In addition to providing alternatives to shopping at woke corporations, PublicSq. recently helped former Bud Light employees after Anheuser-Busch laid them off last week. To support the employees and find them positions at companies with traditionally American values, PublicSq. and its partner business, RedBalloon, immediately wrote an open letter to Bud Light’s employees to offer their help.
“Losing a job is never easy and it’s unfortunate [Bud Light] decided to prioritize woke ideology over doing what was best for the brand,” PublicSq.’s founder and CEO Michael Seifert tweeted, along with a copy of the letter.
The letter from PublicSq. and RedBalloon slammed Bud Light, Anheuser-Busch, and its CEO for “prioritizing left-wing ideology over sound business practices” and accused the companies of not being concerned for their employees’ well-being.
“People like to say ‘go woke, go broke’ and in reality, the economic consequences rarely fall on the wealthy liberals that make the woke decision,” the letter said.
Isaac Lopez, communications director at RedBalloon, told CatholicVote that several former Bud Light employees have already submitted their resumes.
“[W]e are actively working with our partner Public Sq. to place them. We want to help workers find jobs with companies that value hard-working Americans…The tens of thousands of job seekers that come to RedBalloon every week are looking for freedom in the workplace, where they won’t have to worry about the company’s leadership breathing down their necks with DEI [diversity, equality, and inclusivity] and ESG [environmental, social, and governmental] policies. And that’s what we hope to offer to these laid-off Bud Light employees.”
PublicSq. also stands up for the protection of life, and helps its own employees succeed at work and at home by handing out “baby bonuses.” Seifert announced the new initiative last month to prove the company’s support for pro-life and pro-family causes, saying that he now offers $5,000 to every employee who has a baby or adopts a child.
The business was originally launched as an app in October 2021, but became an online public marketplace after a business deal in early 2023. Currently, PublicSq. has over one million users and over 55,000 businesses registered as “freedom-loving” and “value-aligned” companies.
Shortly after the public launch of the online marketplace, Seifert told FOX News Digital that the company is careful not to be politically affiliated. Though PublicSq.’s values lean toward what might be traditionally called “conservative,” Seifert was insistent that “We’re not trying to peddle the message of one particular political party.”
“We’re trying to push constitutional values,” he said. “Never will you hear us say anything about promoting conservatives or the Republican Party. We don’t pick sides.”
Regardless of the business’ political neutrality, PublicSq. has been influential in giving conservative shoppers alternatives to woke corporations like Bud Light and Target. According to Newsweek, Seifert said that the boycotts on those companies led to large amounts of growth for PublicSq.
“After Bud Light announced what they were doing in this partnership with Dylan Mulvaney, we saw beer searches on our platform skyrocket over 800 percent, so we’ve had a very serious increase in direct searches for the alternatives to the brands that are currently conducting this what we really call displays of progressive activism,” Seifert told Newsweek.