Interview of Alyssa Pariah

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.

Date of Interview:

January 16, 2018

Location of Interview:

NYU Department of Sociology, New York

Place of birth:

Freehold, New Jersey



Interviewed by

Michelle Esther O'Brien

Summary by

Michelle Esther O'Brien