Protesters were challenged by disgruntled museumgoers, youth organizers performed a Dabka, and activists gave impassioned speeches about Whitney vice chair Warren Kanders’s association with Palestine through weapons companies.
Two Sudanese students, along with an activist greatly involved in curtailing the gentrification of Brooklyn, offered impassioned teach-ins on their causes at the potluck.
One activist called the protest an opportunity for museumgoers to consider “the role that our cultural institutions play in our everyday decisions and choices, and the effect that that has.”
“They’re singing songs about liberation, just be aware.” said one guard over his walkie-talkie — a message that could be heard throughout the lobby.
The activist organization, which demands the removal of Whitney vice chairman Warren Kanders from the board, gathered at the museum to protest alongside activists from the 30 groups that have come out to support its mission.
In a letter sent this afternoon, the organization urged, “We invite you to use your exceptional status as a worker who can claim both the freedom to dissent and the right to be paid to withhold your labor in solidarity with Whitney staff who cannot.”