Private text messages published this weekend by The.Ink show how members of the Sackler family tried to use the museums that received their money as a way to clear their names.
Founded by artist Nan Goldin, the activist group P.A.I.N. criticized the potential settlement, which would protect the family’s personal wealth.
Warning of “toxic philanthropy,” activists gathered in the museum’s Sackler Courtyard, honoring the five people who die every day in the UK from opioid overdoses.
“We’re not going to stop until they personally face charges,” Nan Goldin, founder of PAIN Sackler, declared.
“We want the Sacklers to have their day in court,” said an activist from PAIN Sackler at the protest in Connecticut. “We want to see all the documents of when they decided to poison the population in this country.”
The family will provide a $3 billion payout over seven years. However, the settlement does not include a statement of wrongdoing.
The activists are calling on the governor to establish overdose prevention centers to combat the growing opioid epidemic.
President of the Louvre Museum Jean-Luc Martinez denied any connection between the decision and a recent PAIN Sackler protest outside the museum.
Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch wrote Senator Jeff Merkley that the Smithsonian is legally bound to maintain the name of Arthur M. Sackler.
The American Museum of Natural History also confirmed that it has stopped taking donations from the Sacklers associated with Purdue Pharma.
“The Sacklers love putting their names on things. Although until very recently they have been miraculously good at keeping their name off the opioid crisis,” Oliver quipped in the segment, making note of Nan Goldin’s art world protests against the family.
Nan Goldin was among the artist-activists who gathered in Washington, DC to demand the FDA address the “public health impact of the opioid crisis.”