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Rest as Resistance, Not Resistant to Rest

Sep 5, 2022
Silhouette of a person wearing glasses and a head covering standing in front of an orange sunset. Text: Rest as Resistance. Not Resistant to Rest. September 5, 2022. By VISIONS Staff

Rest as Resistance, Not Resistant to Rest by Vision Staff “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” — Audre Lorde (1988) A Burst of Light In a business marketplace full of rumination and hand-wringing about “quiet quitting,”  there’s a real opportunity for companies and organizations to assess…

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VISIONS is Wearing Orange — National Gun Violence Awareness

Jun 4, 2022

  Dear VISIONS community, I’ve sat down to try to write this statement too many times to count now. And everytime … I can’t. Not because I’m at a loss for words about the ongoing and devastating toll that unchecked gun violence continues to take on our nation and our communities–I have many words for…

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Supreme Court Decision on Roe v. Wade

May 11, 2022

Supreme Court Decision on Roe v. Wade Like many of you, last week, I saw news alerts of the closest possibility of the Supreme Court decision to repeal Roe v. Wade that I’ve ever seen in my lifetime.  As individuals who acknowledge inequities and power dynamics that obstruct the advancement of all birthing people, we…

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Nichelle Nichols is the Best Thing to Have Ever Happened to NASA by Beca Oliveira

Feb 25, 2022
Colorful collage featuring two photos of Nichelle Nichols: (1) as Star Trek character Lt. Nyota Uhura wearing a red uniform and sitting at her station, (2) demonstrating NASA equipment for recruits.

Nichelle Nichols is the Best Thing to Have Ever Happened to NASA by Beca Oliveira When Star Trek premiered on NBC in 1966, Lt. Nyota Uhura, played by then-Broadway actor Nichelle Nichols, was something never before seen on American television: A Black woman with Real Authority over white men. As Chief Communications Officer, Uhura was…

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How Shirley Chisholm Kicked Down the Door by Hayven Williams

Feb 24, 2022
Black and white photo of Shirley Chisholm, smiling and wearing a collared shirt and glasses. Colorful collage background.

How Shirley Chisholm Kicked Down the Door by Hayven Williams On November 30, 1924 Shirley St Hill was born in Brooklyn, New York to Caribbean parents Charles and Ruby St Hill. Shirley is the oldest of four children. A good chunk of her childhood was spent in her mothers home country of Barbados with her…

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Florence Price and the Truth About Black Excellence

Feb 22, 2022
Black and white photo of Florence Price in a colorful collage.

Florence Price and the Truth About Black Excellence by Tori Parham Each Black History Month, as we look to celebrate the accomplishments of our ancestors, it’s important not to fall into the trap of simply celebrating examples of “Black Excellence.”  Black Excellence is ordinary. What is extraordinary are the circumstances which keep Black people from…

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James Baldwin and the Delusion by Jamila Batts Capitman

Feb 17, 2022
Black and white photo of James Baldwin, smiling and looking upward. Collage background.

This Black History Month, the VISIONS community is sharing the stories of Black historical figures who have impacted and inspired us personally. James Baldwin and the Delusion by Jamila Batts Capitman “One’s dignity depends on one’s estimate of one’s self. It really does not depend on someone else’s estimate. It depends first of all on…

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Was Invented by a Queer Black Woman by Beca Oliveira

Feb 10, 2022

This Black History Month, the VISIONS community is sharing the stories of Black historical figures who have impacted and inspired us personally. Rock ‘n’ Roll Was Invented by a Queer Black Woman by Beca Oliveira She was Elvis before Elvis, she was Aretha before Aretha, she was Jimi before Jimi. She was the queer Black woman…

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What Black History Means to Me by Nikki Glass

Feb 9, 2022

This Black History Month, the VISIONS community is sharing the stories of Black historical figures who have impacted and inspired us personally.   What Black History Means to Me by Nikki Glass, VP Administration at VISIONS, Inc. My family history includes a lot of “the first Black Person to…” heroes, a tradition that I am…

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January 6th, One Year Later

Jan 6, 2022

As we reflect on one year since the insurrection in Washington, D.C., we choose to feel inspired by what those in our VISIONS community said and did as a result. Last year, we committed to reflect, then get back to work. And, I’m proud to say we did. Not only did we continue to provide…

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