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Three Arrested Throughout “Die-In” Protest for Abortion Rights at LACMA


Victoria Eggers throughout an indication exterior the Los Angeles County Museum of Artwork on Thursday (all photographs courtesy Roy DyBuncio)

Abortion rights protesters lined themselves in faux blood and staged a “die-in” exterior the Los Angeles County Museum of Artwork (LACMA) on Thursday afternoon, leading to three arrests for felony vandalism. Activists chained themselves to the cast-iron lampposts of Chris Burden’s outside sculpture set up “City Gentle” (2008) and populated the premises with physique luggage and garments hangers, drawing consideration to lives threatened by the Supreme Courtroom’s overturning of Roe v. Wade.

The motion included members of Vets Rise 4 Roe in addition to RiseUp 4 Abortion Rights, a brand new reproductive rights activism group that has been criticized for its ties to fringe communist theorist Bob Avakian of the RevCom Get together, typically described as a cult.

About two dozen protesters gathered at LACMA’s Wilshire Boulevard entrance on July 28 and rapidly shut down site visitors on each side of the road, in keeping with a Los Angeles Police Division (LAPD) launch reviewed by Hyperallergic. The demonstration featured a efficiency reenacting the demise of Connecticut lady Gerri Santoro from an unlawful botched abortion in 1964. Two artists, Victoria Eggers and Lavi Bourne, have been arrested together with one other activist named Sean for the alleged vandalism induced to Burden’s piece.

“I’m placing my physique on the road right here in the present day as a name to motion as a result of we can’t sit idly by as we’re robbed of our freedom, rights, and futures,” Bourne introduced to a crowd of onlookers. “No enterprise as regular once you take away our rights.”

“This isn’t a protest towards LACMA, however a name to the humanities group, and to all of society: Silence is compliance,” Eggers stated as LAPD officers positioned her in handcuffs. 

Activists staged a efficiency reenacting the demise of a 28-year-old lady from a botched unlawful abortion in 1964.

Police declare that the harm to the museum’s personal property induced them to reply and challenge a dispersal order, however members of RiseUp countered that the set up is usually populated with pedestrians and native skate boarders. The extent of the harm stays unclear; LACMA has not but responded to Hyperallergic’s request for remark.

“City Gentle,” one in every of Burden’s most iconic works, consists of restored avenue lamps from the Twenties and ‘30s that at the moment are solar-powered. In response to the late artist, the piece represents a complicated metropolis that’s “secure after darkish and delightful to behold.”

In an interview with Hyperallergic, Eggers, who can be a United States Military veteran, countered police claims and detailed how Burden’s legacy served as inspiration for nonviolent protest.

“Our intention was by no means to destroy the artwork however to have it as a staged background,” she stated. “Even whereas we have been chained to the poles, we made certain to not rub the chains towards them or trigger any harm to the artwork piece. We simply needed to convey consideration to Burden’s function as a radical efficiency artist himself. I really created the faux blood from washable youngsters paint, and it was so diluted that our garments turned pink, not crimson.”

Lavi Bourne throughout an indication exterior the Los Angeles County Museum of Artwork on Thursday

Eggers additionally stated that she and the opposite protesters have been launched Friday morning after a RiseUp member posted their bail.

Based in January of this 12 months, RiseUp is an affiliate group of the Revolutionary Communist Get together calling for a “mass, sustained, nonviolent protest to demand the federal authorities restore authorized nationwide abortion,” per its web site. However the group has been extremely criticized in latest months, with some activists accusing it of diverting cash from and exploiting social justice actions. In a assertion, the collective NYC For Abortion Rights described RiseUp’s techniques, corresponding to together with crimson paint and coat hangers of their protests, as contributing to “the extraordinarily dangerous concept that abortion is a violent process and secure self-managed abortion isn’t doable.”


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