A Post about the Imaginary Persia in Early 20th Century. Could be categorized in a category named “Hidden Histories” or “Obscure Histories”. The category can include posts about the “Farangi-pooshan” in Ta’ziye to something like “In the Persian Garden”:
This afternoon a group of activists, including artist Nan Goldin, staged a protest at the Harvard Art Museums in Cambridge, Massachusetts, protesting its connection to the Sackler family, who own Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin that has been accused of fueling the opioid crisis in the United States and abroad.
The protest began around 4 p.m., with protestors marching through the atrium of the building that houses the Museums, which encompass the Fogg Museum, the Busch-Reisinger Museum, and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum, and chanting phrases like, “People over profits” and “Shame on Sackler.” (The original Sackler Museum is located elsewhere on campus, but its collection is now displayed in the main museum building, as part of a Renzo Piano-designed expansion that opened in 2014.)
Megan Kapler, of Goldin’s group P.A.I.N. (Prescription Addiction Intervention Now), said in a phone interview after the event that the participants numbered around 70 and included activists from a number of partner organizations as well as medical students from Harvard, New York University (which is home to the Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences), and Boston University. “The medical community is here saying they’re taking a stand against the Sackler and Purdue Pharma influence,” Kapler said.
Protestors threw pill bottles on the floor of the atrium, handed out pamphlets, and held banners and posters with phrases like “MEDICAL STUDENTS AGAINST THE SACKLERS,” and “HARM REDUCTION NOW/TREATMENT NOW.” A number of speakers gave speeches about the Sacklers and the opioid crisis in the atrium, including Jennifer Flynn Walker of the Center for Popular Democracy and Goldin, who began organizing against Purdue and the Sacklers, who are major donors to cultural institutions throughout the United States and Europe, following treatment for opioid addiction last year. She said she became addicted after being prescribed OxyContin in 2014 following wrist surgery.