Tell the Whitney to Cut Their Ties With Sotheby's
SHOULD THE WHITNEY MUSEUM TAKE A STAND FOR RACIAL and ECONOMIC JUSTICE?
WE ASK THE WHITNEY to join the growing chorus of artists, workers,politicians, celebrities, and art world institutions that have called on Sotheby’s to end the shameful 8 month long lockout of their art handlers.
WE ASK THE WHITNEY to publicly pledge to not buy or sell at Sotheby’s, nor accept any sponsorship money from Sotheby’s, nor host any event/s in conjunction with Sotheby’s, until the auctioneer puts an end to the cruel lockout of its unionized art handlers (70% of whom are people of color).
Sotheby’s handlers, who are predominately African American and Latino, have worked hard over the years to make the company profitable. Today they are struggling to provide for their families.
From its historic 1995 Exhibit on the Black Male, to its respectful partnership with its own employees’ unions, The Whitney continues to be one of the art world’s leading progressive and socially conscious institutions.
So why should the Whitney continue to do business with Sotheby’s, a company intent on destroying good working class jobs in New York City? Especially at a time when New Yorkers, especially New Yorkers of color, need them so badly?
PLEASE SIGN this petition and ask The Whitney Museum to live up to its reputation.
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