Mi’Shaye Venerable: Black, Queer, Woman Activist and Community Organizer

Video recorded by Mi’Shaye Venerable. Synthesis written by ReVisionist sr. editor, Sidney Wegener, and approved by Mi’Shaye Venerable. Mi’Shaye Venerable is a California State University Stanislaus alumni as well as an organizer and activist in the Sacramento area. She has been organizing Black Lives Matter protests in the Sacramento area alongside three other queer Black women. As a collective, they call for accountability and defunding … Continue reading Mi’Shaye Venerable: Black, Queer, Woman Activist and Community Organizer

Post a Black Square, Become an Anti-Racist: Performing Black Lives Matter Activism Online

By Rachael Nuckles In the fall semester, my conference work surrounded girls’ feminist activism as it manifested in various media formats. I began with the zine-fueled activism of the 1990s’ Riot Grrrl network, moving towards girls’ blogs on sites like Tumblr, personal websites, and eventually to their use of social media platforms like Twitter in the wake of #MeToo. This work showed me the double-edged … Continue reading Post a Black Square, Become an Anti-Racist: Performing Black Lives Matter Activism Online

Amina Wadud and Sherine Hafez: Activism and the Voices of Women in Arab Societies

By Marian Phillips During the final semester of my undergraduate degree at the University of Kansas, I took a course titled “Religion, Power, and Sexuality in Arab Societies” with Dr. Marwa Ghazali.  The course and the professor made a deep and everlasting impact on me. Throughout the course, I gained an abundance of knowledge on a variety of topics in Arab societies, such as religion, … Continue reading Amina Wadud and Sherine Hafez: Activism and the Voices of Women in Arab Societies

Marsha P. Johnson, the Revolutionary

By Nico Lueba Jones Jones is a second year at Sarah Lawrence College. Marsha P. Johnson was born on August 4, 1945 in Elizabeth, NJ. She self-identified as a street queen and “transvestite” at a time when the word transgender did not yet exist, but she always called herself a woman and used “she” pronouns. The P stands for “Pay It No Mind,” and that … Continue reading Marsha P. Johnson, the Revolutionary

“From Cowtown to Gaytown”: Kansas Politics and Gay Rights in Wichita, KS

By Korbin Painter Korbin Painter (he/him/his) is an M.A. candidate in the History Department at the University of Iowa. He was born and raised in Kansas and he is an alumnus of the University of Kansas. His research interests include LGBT history of the United States and Germany, focused on LGBT politics, social movements, and the history of emotions. Korbin can be contacted by e-mail … Continue reading “From Cowtown to Gaytown”: Kansas Politics and Gay Rights in Wichita, KS

The Mattachine Society: Henry “Harry” Hay and Harold “Hal” Call

By Marian Phillips Marian is a second year graduate student in the Women’s History program at Sarah Lawrence College. A year ago, when I began my Master’s research on homosexuality during the 1950s in America, I was certain that there was an abundance of research on the topic. I didn’t think there was anything more to discover that John D’Emilio, David Allyn, Estelle Freedman, Allan … Continue reading The Mattachine Society: Henry “Harry” Hay and Harold “Hal” Call

From Los Angeles to New York: Student Activism and the Fight for Justice

By Marian Phillips Marian is a first year student in the Women’s History Program at Sarah Lawrence College. On March 11, 2019, student activists at Sarah Lawrence College swarmed Westlands – the administrative building – at seven in the morning. They called for the college and the administrators to listen to their detailed list of demands which ranged from access to housing opportunities to assistance … Continue reading From Los Angeles to New York: Student Activism and the Fight for Justice

Sarah Lawrence College Students Occupy Westlands Administration Building Demanding Racial Justice

By Hannah McCandless Hannah is a first year graduate student in the Women’s History Program at Sarah Lawrence College. Disclaimer: The Re/Visionist fully supports student’s rights to protest. This blog post includes opinions about the protest that belong to the writer of this blog specifically. In the early hours of Monday, March 11th, 2019, undergraduate students collected at the Westlands Administration Building at Sarah Lawrence … Continue reading Sarah Lawrence College Students Occupy Westlands Administration Building Demanding Racial Justice

A Graduate Student’s Response to the Occupy Westlands Sit-In

  By Katherine Swartwood Katie is a second year graduate student in the Women’s History program at Sarah Lawrence College. Disclaimer: While this post provides some critiques of the Occupy Westlands protest, it in no means serves as statement of opposition. The author supports Sarah Lawrence College’s students of color and their mission to increase diversity and inclusion on campus. The protest occurring in Westlands … Continue reading A Graduate Student’s Response to the Occupy Westlands Sit-In

Revolutionary Women of Music: Nina Simone, Poly Styrene, and Valerie Agnew

By Marian Phillips Marian is a first year student in the Women’s History Program at Sarah Lawrence College. This morning on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2019, I woke up to Lizzo’s “Juice” stuck in my head. Off to a good start, I continued my morning routine while Carly Rae Jepsen, Cherry Glazerr, Rico Nasty, and Dream Wife – amongst others – shuffled and played … Continue reading Revolutionary Women of Music: Nina Simone, Poly Styrene, and Valerie Agnew