Roe vs. Wade activism meets the Web 3 NFT era – The Washington Post
“You can donate today or any time to your local organization,” the artist told two dozen people in a virtual forum on Twitter as she described a plan to sell several million dollars’ worth of digital art. “What we’re focused on really is the magic of Web 3,” referring to the loose agglomeration of people who say concepts like cryptocurrency, non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and the metaverse are the future of American public life.
Forget handing out fliers downtown; that’s so 1995. Don’t even mention Kickstarter; you might as well try to teleport back to 2015. Instead, it is DAOs and NFTs, Dickson and her partners say, that could truly move the needle. Web 3 seeks to exploit the speed and slickness of new digital tools to raise cash for causes they say wouldn’t otherwise see it, even as skeptics might ask if it’s all just traditional fundraising with fancier computer code.
Dickson is a photographer, animator and video artist working at her home studio in Dallas’s Cedars district; her sensibility is a kind of pop art laced with subtle social commentary. This winter, she found herself angered by the Texas abortion law that bans abortions where a fetal heartbeat is present and has had its path smoothed by the Supreme Court. So she created “Computer Cowgirls,” a 201-piece set of NFT art to negate its power. The kitschily dressed cowgirls moved with an empowerment swagger, subverting farmhand and cheerleader cliches.
“We just jumped into action as soon as the news hit yesterday to say what can we do to support the organizations that are IRL working to fight this,” Audrey Taylor-Akwenye, a coding specialist who works with Dickson and goes by the handle @0xoddrey, said to the group, using an acronym for “in real life.” “What we’ve come up with is that we’re going to do a 10K NFT drop.”
She described a set of 10,000 pieces of a new cowgirl design from Dickson that would, hopefully, rake in $3 million. Pieces would be offered at one of three price points — $80, $240 and $2,400, according to current values. The DAO would then decide who gets the funds. They set the sale for next week.
“We just need to identify the organizations that are doing the work,” added Madison Page, an online fitness entrepreneur in Los Angeles who has been guiding Dickson’s strategy. “And then encouraging or figuring out ways for them to accept crypto as a payment. If anybody has ideas on that, feel free to raise your proverbial hand,” she said. “Please reach out on the Discord.” Much of Web 3 is getting on one platform to talk about talking on another platform.
Also, Page said, “there’s an anonymous aspect that lends itself to people feeling safe to donate 2 ETH (about $5,400). But also it’s very traceable, so it brings a level of trust — people know any money they donate is going directly to the cause.” (The blockchain, the code-heavy public ledger where all crypto transactions happen, is indeed a paradoxical beast: Everything is technically visible, but you have to know how to read the blockchain to find it.)
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