(Since this information emerged, Hilmon Sorey was quietly dropped from the Save KPFA website and the official website says “candidacy withdrawn”)
In 2011, Oakland’s Museum of Children’s Art abruptly cancelled a planned exhibition of art created by children in the Palestinian occupied territories of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. At the time, Museum board chair (current Save KPFA candidate) Hilmon Sorey stated that the art was “not appropriate” for the Museum.
UCR says: “This kind of candidate is NOT APPROPRIATE for the KPFA Local Station Board.”
The following open letter was sent by Barbara Lubin, executive director of the Middle East Children’s Alliance.
From: Barbara Lubin
Date: Tue, Oct 27, 2015 at 11:22 AM
Subject: Hilmon Sorey
I received a letter today asking me to vote for the new KPFA Board of Directors and I was shocked to see Mr. Hilmon Sorey’s picture and name on it.
I don’t know if you remember when MECA brought the Children’s Art Exhibit to the U.S. from Gaza.
We spent 6 months working with the staff of The Museum of Children’s Art in Oakland.
They had agreed to let us hang the exhibit at the museum for 2 months during which time we would have many small events with children and teachers.
We were all very excited but that changed after a visit from Hilmon Sorey who was chair of the Museum’s Board.
He came to MECA’S office 2 weeks before the exhibit was to open and informed us that the Museum had changed their mind and we would have to look elsewhere for a place to hang the pictures.
The rest of this story is in the book we had published and I will get to you.
I have been thinking about all of this and all the pain that we here at MECA went through and I asked myself this question “with all the problems that KPFA has do we really need a person like Mr. Sorey on our Board?”
He is not to be trusted and when push comes to shove he will do what the Zionist community tells him to do.
We received hundreds of letters from all over the world condemning him for his lack of leadership but mostly for insulting the Palestinian children who drew these pictures.
Middle East Children’s Alliance
Maia Project: Bringing clean water to children in Palestine
Press coverage of the incident:
UNITED FOR COMMUNITY RADIO CANDIDATES
KPFA LOCAL STATION BOARD ELECTION