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Claire Cousin

July 1, 2016


Hudson, NY


Recorded by

Nancy Ma

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Claire Cousin has lived in Hudson all her life. She grew up in a blended family, with her mom, dad, sister and two cousins. She reminisces on what life in Hudson was like when she was growing up, and how it differs from life here now. Her stories provide insights into challenges for the low-income community. She discusses the ramifications for the community of the changes, such as Warren Street versus other street layouts, rent costs, housing, food access, employment opportunities, places for kids and youth, police, safety and sustainability. She speaks about the Galvan Foundation’s presence in Hudson. In the interview, Claire reflects on her community activism, including protests, meetings at the barber shop, Staley B. Keith Social Justice Center (SBK), media coverage and city politics. She talks about youth leadership in social justice and her conversations with her daughter on race and identity.

This interview may be of interest to those who want to learn about city politics, the complexity of changing cities and the communities it affects, economic struggles, how people engage in community activism and parenting with a strong awareness of race and identity.

Interviewer Bio:
Nancy Ma

Nancy Ma is a Los Angeles based actress and writer. During her time at Williams College, she worked with children through the America Reads program. In LA, she works with underserved young people through Young Storytellers and leads an acting/improv/writing class at a local youth homeless shelter. She is developing a multi-lingual one-woman show that explores cross-cultural communication, identity formation and the meaning of home.

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