Thursday, January 22, 2015

The San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles has a new Interim Director

Let's all welcome Joan Phillips to her new position as the Interim Director of the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles.  Joan has prior experience of being the Executive Director of another bay area arts organization. You might think you are safe to assume that she should know the importance of maintaining compliance standards with all the various grants the Museum receives.  Well, you are wrong!

Her first day as Interim Director (the previous director resigned amid a wage theft and labor law violation investigation) was this past Monday, January 19th.  Sadly, on her first day in charge the Museum, for which she is accountable for, engaged in a behavior that earned them a complaint with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing.  Yes, the Museum has a duty to their granting agencies that there are certain rules they must play by and discrimination is a foul move.

It was on the 19th that I posted to Twitter that the San Jose Director of the Office of Cultural Affairs discriminated against me by blocking me on Twitter (see previous blog post) and Joan must have gotten the grand idea that she would do that, too (the Museum is fully aware of my blog and Twitter posts).  However, blocking me on Twitter runs afoul of the Unruh Act (Are Social-Media Sites Places of Public Accommodation? State Law and Unruh Act Considerations).

Joan, I am so sorry you do not like my stance against wage theft in the arts, but let's face the fact that wage theft in ANY industry is wrong.  At the same time you can't silence voices of those you don't agree with.  The Museum's Twitter account is an extension of the Museum and you wouldn't kick people with political views you don't agree with out of the Museum, would you?

So, a big round of applause to you and the Museum, Joan!