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Jae Yates

July 27, 2023


Hillsdale, NY


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Dre Jácome

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This interview with Jae Yates was conducted on July 27th 2023 in Hillsdale, NY at the Oral History Summer School. Jae Yates is a Black trans activist and oral historian based in Minneapolis, MN. In this interview, he discusses the political philosophies and lived experiences that inform his approach and commitment toward working class struggle. He discusses his involvement with mutual aid and anti-police brutality organizing beginning in 2020. He discusses his political influences including intellectuals such as Mao and Lenin as well as personal mentors like an elder anti-war organizer and a professor at his local community college in Iowa. Jae also shares the experience of growing up in a Black conservative Christian family in Iowa as well as the precarity he experienced when he got kicked out of his home after coming out. Jae also reflects on how he has redefined family over the years as well as how they’ve explored gender and relationships on his own terms.

This interview may be of interest to those who want to learn about anti-police brutality organizing; communism; mentorship; organizing tactics ; theories of change; gender; Minneapolis; coming out; trans.

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Dre Jácome

Dre Jácome is a cultural organizer, herbalist, and emerging creative technologist. She is currently a graduate student at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. She is a brown queer femme and the child of Kichwa-Ecuadorian and Colombian immigrants.

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