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This interview was conducted with Bryan Maccormack at Drop Forge & Tool in Hudson, NY on June 22, 2018. Bryan was born and raised in Hudson, and currently lives in the area. He is a soccer coach, photographer, and Executive Director of the Columbia County Sanctuary Movement. This is the second time Bryan has been interviewed for this archive. In the interview, he discusses his understanding of structural issues of race, class, and community through the lens of sports, and how his high school soccer team was a rare opportunity to break down these barriers and build community. He also shares stories of growing up in Hudson, his mentors, and his interest in social justice and community organizing. Bryan shares current problems in Hudson including discrimination against immigrants, gentrification, racism, poverty, drug abuse and policy brutality. He explains his motivations to create the Columbia County Sanctuary Movement, the work of the organization, the challenges it faces, and his hopes for its future. He ends the interview by sharing a story of the Hudson adult men’s pick-up soccer league, which includes many immigrants in the community. The first game of their season took place after this interview.
This interview would be of interest to those curious about growing up in Hudson, the experiences and challenges faced by immigrants in Hudson and the work of the Sanctuary Movement, the Hudson School District and educational pathways, sports and soccer teams in Hudson, gentrification and displacement in Hudson, and issues related to poverty, crime, and policy-community relations in Hudson
Tanu Kumar is an urban planner who has worked on community-based planning, research, and advocacy efforts in Chicago, New York City, India, and the Hudson Valley region. She is excited about the potential of oral history to add underrepresented communities and issues to the historical record and our understanding of place.
This interview is hereby made available for research purposes only. For additional uses (radio and other media, music, internet), please click here to inquire about permissions.
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