‘This is blood money’… shuns Sacklers – and others urged to follow

[These]… cases are drawing increasing attention, as are protests by activists who want arts and academic institutions in the US, UK and elsewhere to eschew Sackler money.

Purdue Pharma and the members of the Sackler family vigorously reject all allegations and deny wrongdoing. Nonetheless, pressure is building on other institutions that have accepted millions from the branches of the family that became billionaires with profits from OxyContin while, according to one lawsuit, “more than 200,000 people died in the US between 1999 and 2016 from overdoses directly related to prescription opioids”. On Friday, the Guggenheim also made a stunning announcement, It would not, it said, accept future Sackler philanthropy. A statement read: “The Solomon R Guggenheim Museum received a total of $7m in gifts from members of the Mortimer D Sackler family initiated in 1995 and paid out through 2006 to establish and support the Sackler Center for Arts Education, which serves approximately 300,000 youth, adults, and families each year. “An additional $2m was received between 1999 and 2015 to support the museum. No contributions from the Sackler family have been received since 2015. No additional gifts are planned, and the Guggenheim does not plan to accept any gifts.”

Original Article (The Guardian):
‘This is blood money’: Tate shuns Sacklers – and others urged to follow
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