Dominican environmental activists in New York protest against Barrick Gold in Manhattan


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Feb 20, 2019

Critics of New York’s Museum of Modern Art’s funding sources have targeted board members Leon Black for his financial ties to Jeffrey Epstein and Larry Fink, denounced as a private prison profiteer. But now Sandy Plácido, a Dominican Studies scholar and professor of history at the City University of New York (CUNY), recently led a protest against another board member, Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, MoMA trustee and founder of its Cisneros Research Institute for the Study of Art from Latin America. Hypoallergic, an independent art online service, carried the news story.

Placido is denouncing what she calls “toxic philanthropy” at the museum. Flyers were distributed during the protest describing the ties between Cisnero’s husband, Gustavo Cisneros and Barrick Gold, the leading gold mining company with operations in the Dominican Republic. Cisneros is a...

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