Activists Protest to Remove MoMA Board Member Owning Puerto Rican Debt
Activists gathered at the Museum of Modern Art’s grand reopening in New York this past week. Their protest called for the removal of Steven Tananbaum from MoMA’s board. The group says that Tananbaum owns $2.5 billion in debt from Puerto Rico, which is currently in an economic crisis. The group asked the crowd, “Is this the kind of man you want on your board”?
The protesters held signs featuring the total number of deaths on the island, 4,645 people, from 2017’s Hurricane Maria. They also brought attention to the #CancelTheDebt social campaign which calls for awareness into the resulting economic downfall of Puerto Rico. Among the activists was the former speaker of the New York City Council, Melissa Mark-Viverito. New York police made seven arrests including Mark-Viverito.