The teen conference “Scamming The Patriarchy” was initiated by girl – skaters gang “Brujas”, hip-hop duo “House of LaDosha”, activist coalition “By Us For Us” and electronic music agency “Discwoman”. Workshops, discussions and small talks in relaxed and calm museum atmosphere attracted lot of people to join.

 

Who run the world? Youth!

The whole summit has been organised as a part of citizens educational programm that included healing, self-love, skill building, political education, and empowerment. Young generation  from 18 to 30 is becoming more influencial in political and socio-cultural aspects of government. They generate tendencies that oppose the majority in some fundamental ways, where human rights, tolerance and creativity perform as an indisputable basis.

Among co-organisers, there were bright, talented groups, yet unknown for large public.

House of LaDosha – “philosophical artists”, who explore social constructs and relate to them via their individual ethnic, racial, sexual and gender identities. Making performances is a key part of their art. By Us For Us (BUFU) is a media project that highlights discourse of Black and Asian cultural and political relationships. They emphasise the importance of raising solidarity relatively to African and Asian – originated people on the West. Their current prime goal is inventing collaboration programms between artists and communities, who share same views and need financial support for future deals.

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Widely-known in NYC, Bronx-based girl gang  “Brujas” admits: their movement is not only about skateboarding. “Brujas is about encouraging women, and queer people to skate but also within the realm, to bring in radical politics”, –  said a member of a gang,  Antonia Pérez. By its urban-oriented nature, skateboarding is believed to be a great case for spreading feminism in western countries, although the community is rather closed. It is also remarkable that all gang members have Latin origin, so  in some part they represent the attitude of  nation toward prejudices and stereotypes shared and reinforced by many Americans novadays. Another part of Brujas’ social actionism is supporing people aggrieved by the prison system. That seems to be a part of stereotype as well: Latins are more likely to be accused of any law-breaking in USA than white people, even without adequate causes. “Our identity politics and our aesthetics have been put to the forefront in a lot of public relations,” Gil said. “Prison abolition and anti-prison work is one of the few most important movements in the U.S. happening right now. It just makes sense for us to come out forward and really clear as prison abolitionists by designing streetwear.”

'Scamming The Patriarchy'

'Scamming The Patriarchy'

'Scamming The Patriarchy'

Tschabalala Self, a New Haven based painter, took part in decorating and photographing of the event. Her psycodelic, eclectic paintings are dedicated to examining the intersectionality of race, gender and sexualty, and uncover problems that Black females face in contemporary society, both positive and negative.

 

Summit results

Well, but why the patriarchy? Is that a men’s attitude that makes us question the system? Mostly. Patriarchy is not only a traditional family: it speads on government level and has its significant consequence. So, the event is  a “super dope pushback against sexism, it’s about standing in your light, and being who you are”, – explain participants.

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