feminist skate collective brujas promotes prisoner solidarity through streetwear
It's been 45 years since the Attica Prison riot took place, which brought the plight of inmates of color to national attention. In remembrance of this historic demonstration, Bronx-based skate collective BRUJAS has announced a limited edition line of streetwear. Named after the year the riot happened, the "1971" collection features designs by CZARQUAN of NYC hip hop squad Nocturnal Sons Posse and Robin Giordani of the Corner Society brand. All of the proceeds will be allocated toward supporting those facing time as a result of being "targeted by the state."
BRUJAS, which identifies as a "free-form, revolutionary feminist collective," formed in 2014. Beyond skateboarding, the all-femme crew works to organize community events and support intersectionality efforts throughout New York City — ranging from medicinal plant workshops to an "anti-prom" held in conjunction with the BUFU collective earlier this year, celebrating those who may feel marginalized by conventional prom standards. "We imagine a world without prisons and know that our role as political actors working in the legacy of the Underground Railroad requires action from us," they wrote on Instagram.
The Attica Prison riot saw nearly 50% of the facility's 2,200 inmates seizing control of the grounds, demanding better living conditions. It's a struggle that continues to this day — the mass work strike coordinated by prisoners in at least 24 states across the country has just entered its second month. BRUJAS will donate all profits from the "1971" line to affected members of the community and Freedom2Live, which supports incarcerated queer and trans folk of color. Peep the project's Kickstarter page here to learn more about the streetwear collection, as well as other existing prisoner solidarity efforts.
Photography Laurel Golio