Pussy Riot Demand Abortion Rights, hangs 'Matriarchy Now' banner in Texas State Capitol

Bishal Kumar Chanda
11.06.2022

While the entire Web3 space is focused on Consensus 2022, Pussy Riot held a demonstration demanding abortion rights at the Capitol Building in Austin, Texas. Further, they minted the moment as a non-fungible token

Pussy Riot Unfurls The MATRIARCHY NOW Banner

On Thursday, the Russian feminist protest and performance art group Pussy Riot unfurled a banner reading "MATRIARCHY NOW!" The 45-foot banner was briefly hung from the Texas State Capitol building's third floor to support reproductive rights.

Moreover, Pussy Riot announced minting the moment as an NFT, which would be auctioned using PartyBid. Also, all the proceeds from the auction will be used in the fight for reproductive rights. 

Pussy Riot co-founder Nadya Tolokonnikova said, "Texas is a battleground state for reproductive rights, and what happens here is watched closely by the rest of us."

Initially, a tour guide led a group into the domed room to see the portraits of former Texas governors. Then Pussy Riot entered, wearing green bandanas with the group's name. After they briefly spoke with a female officer from the Texas State police, she was intrigued by what the group was doing. 

After getting a cue, the activists lowered their 45-foot "Matriarchy Now!" banner from the 3rd floor of the Capitol building. Also, the visitors had mixed reactions. While some hurriedly got out of the way, others took out their phone to take pictures of the protest. 

Although it is unclear how long it remained, the group managed to pose for a photo with the banner. They can be seen with their fists held high and masks covering their faces. 

The protestors explained that the banner's message calls for body autonomy for "people with wombs." 

"Body autonomy is a pillar of modern civilization," read the Matriarchy Now Manifesto. "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."

Activists Turning to DAOs

Meanwhile, activists are increasingly turning to decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs) for coordinating activities and raising funds. For instance, Unicorn DAO members also participated in the protest alongside the Lakota Indigenous group Ikiya Collective.

Ukraine DAO was launched by Tolokonnikova, who spent two years in prison for protesting against Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Ukraine DAO was launched in March to support Ukrainians affected by the Russian invasion. In fact, the DAO minted an image of the Ukrainian flag and auctioned it off for 2,258 ETH, which was around $6.75 Million at the time.

In the same month, Tolokonnikova and others in Web3 launched the Unicorn DAO. It is an organization fighting for equality for women-identified and LGBTQ+ people worldwide and in the digital art space. Last month, the organization raised $4.5 Million to support women and LGBTQ+ artists.

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