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Alyssa Pariah Oral History

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Alyssa Pariah recounts her difficult childhood in New Jersey, her involvement in trans women of color and sex worker communities in New York, and her radicalization as a revolutionary socialist. She became involved in Occupy Wall Street, then later joining the Black Lives Matter movement and a socialist organization in Portland Oregon. She shares her critique of nonprofit activists unwilling to engage in militant direct action, her passionate hatred of capitalism, and her yearning for a more radical, trans-inclusive mass poor people's movement. (Summary by Michelle Esther O'Brien.)

Item Information:

Identifier
qf85nb54s
Collection
Oral Histories with People of Color
Institution
NYC Trans Oral History Project
Creator(s)
O'Brien, Michelle Esther
Pariah, Alyssa
Publisher
New York Public Library
Date Created
Jan. 16, 2018
Dates Covered
1986 to 2018
Genre
Oral Histories
Subject(s)
Alyssa Pariah
Black Lives Matter
Places
New Jersey > Monmouth County > Borough of Freehold > Freehold
Jalisco > Guadalajara
Topic(s)
Activists
Appearance
Arrests
Bathrooms
Bullying
Capitalism
Child abuse
Childhood
Clothing
Communities
Detention
Direct action
Discrimination
Ethnic groups
Femininity
Gender identity
Gender realignment surgery
Harassment
Occupy movement--New York (State)--New York
Police
Relationships
Schools
Sex workers
Sexuality
Social movements
Socialism
Transgender youth
Transitioning
Resource Type
Audio
Digital Format
Duration: 2 hours 40 minutes 38 seconds
Language
English
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