Matriarchy Now! PUSSY RIOT AND IKIYA COLLECTIVE PROTEST ATTACKS ON REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE AT TEXAS STATE CAPITOL

Matriarchy Now! PUSSY RIOT AND IKIYA COLLECTIVE PROTEST ATTACKS ON REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE AT TEXAS STATE CAPITOL


Press contact: Gold Atlas - Inge Colsen - inge@goldatl.as - 212-203-5240

Ikiya Collective at the Capitol Photo Credit @vegsurfer


Austin, TX - Today, Russian protest art collective Pussy Riot, in collaboration with web crypto-anonymous feminist group Unicorn, and Lakota Indigenous femme led Ikiya Collective dominated Austin’s State Capitol, on Coahuiltecan, Tonkawa, Comanche, and Apache lands in solidarity with the fight against attacks on reproductive justice in the US.


The activists threw a 45-foot “Matriarchy Now!” banner from the Capitol building’s 3rd floor wearing gopnik tracksuits and green scarves, which were popularized in Latin America during this fight. Ikiya Collective believes patriarchy and colonization are inextricably linked to the violence and oppression of women, two-spirit relatives, youth, and the land everywhere. The recently formed UnicornDAO raised $4.5 million to spend on art created by women-identified, non-binary and LGBTQ+ creators. 100% of all funds raised for this action will go to reproductive rights including Planned Parenthood, the Lilith Fund, Oklahoma Call for Reproductive Justice, and Frontera Fund.


"Matriarchy Now!” manifesto:
Body autonomy is a pillar of modern civilization. There's no human rights as we know them without body autonomy taken as an axiom. People with wombs demand body autonomy. We demand our rights, we don't ask for it. Don't like abortions? Don't make them. Oh yes, and did you know? Vasectomy prevents abortions.
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Ikiya Collective knows that violence to the body is violence to the land. Since the violent onslaught of colonization, settler patriarchy has violated the sacredness of Indigenous bodies and lands. We see this happening clearly in the so-called state of Texas. For our ancestors, for our lands, for our future generations, we will stand for the land and fight for reproductive justice that grants us the bodily sovereignty we have been denied for too long.


In Community,

Pussy Riot

Ikiya Collective

Unicorn



About Pussy Riot:

Pussy Riot is a conceptual art collective that started a global feminist protest art movement. Today, hundreds of people identify as a part of the Pussy Riot community.
Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alyokhina were sentenced in 2012 to 2 years' imprisonment following an anti-Putin performance. Nadya went through a hunger strike protesting savage prison conditions and ended up being sent far away to a Siberian penal colony, where she managed to maintain her artistic activity and with her prison punk band she made a tour around Siberian labor camps. Published a book "Read and riot: Pussy Riot's guide to activism".
Pussy Riot founded the independent Russian news service and media outlet, Mediazona. Have spoken before the US Congress, British Parliament, European Parliament.
Pussy Riot's Punk-prayer was named by The Guardian among the best art pieces of the 21st century ("feminist, explicitly anti-Putin, protesting the banning of gay pride and the Orthodox church’s support of the president"), collaborated with Bansky on his Dismaland exhibition, endorsed by Marina Abramovic and Ai Weiwei, created an immersive experience in Saatchi gallery in London.
Pussy Riot joined the NFT community in early 2021, a founder of UnicornDAO, and UkraineDAO, a PleasrDAO member, and a supporter of a stronger female representation in the NFT space.
Pussy Riot stands for gender fluidity, inclusivity, matriarchy, love, laughter, decentralization, anarchy, and anti-authoritarianism.