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Pussy Riot protest abortion rights at Texas State Capitol demonstration

Pussy Riot were among the female activist groups holding a demonstration demanding abortion rights at the Austin Capitol Building in Texas on Thursday. 

The protest was a joint effort between the Russian activist punk band, anonymous feminist group Unicorn, and the Lakota indigenous female-led Ikiya Collective. They marched in defiance to the government building and unfolded a 45ft pink banner that read “Matriarchy Now” from the third-floor balcony.

The historically significant moment was caught on camera (seen below) and will be preserved as an NFT and auctioned via Party Bid. 100% of all funds raised will go towards reproductive rights.

The demonstrators wrote in their 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.

“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.”

Pussy Riot, Unicorn, and Ikiya Collective members were dressed in striking Gopnik tracksuits and green scarves during the demonstration—a nod to the ensembles popularized in Latin America during the reproductive rights fight. In a press release, it was noted that Austin’s State Capitol Building is located on Coahuiltecan, Tonkawa, Comanche, and Apache lands.

Watch the collected footage of the protest can be seen below.