Oakland: Tempers Flare Over Cancellation of Palestinian Youth Art Exhibit

by Noelle de la Paz , ColorLines.com

Friday, September 30 2011

Residents in Oakland staged a protest recently to oppose the decision of officials at the Museum of Children’s Art (MOCHA) to cancel a scheduled exhibit of Palestinian children’s artwork. For some local residents, the cancellation is a seemingly petty effort to stifle self expression and political dissent led by small children.

Nearly one hundred Bay Area residents held a demonstration last Friday to speak out against what they called the censorship of the children’s artwork. The protest was co-sponsored by over twenty organizations, including the Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC). A spirited crowd of local youth and exhibit organizers gathered outside in front of the museum with live music by the Brass Liberation Orchestra, then made their way down the street to an alternate venue secured just the day before. Continue reading