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Juan Sanchez

July 1, 2016


Hudson, NY


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Yvette Ramirez

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This interview was conducted with Juan Sanchez at Kite’s Nest in Hudson, NY on Friday, July 1st 2016. In the interview, Juan describes his activist work with the Social Justice Leadership Academy and growing up in the Hudson greater area. Juan originally from Nicaragua, moved to the area as an infant with his family. He maintains a close relationship with his father who he acknowledges worked hard to support him especially after his parents’ divorce. Like his father, he is a musician and plays the guitar. He mentions his father continues to play Nicaraguan folk music with his band, a music genre that he recalls hearing while growing up. Juan speaks about the social justice issues that affects the greater Hudson area such a unequal access to food and racial inequity. He recalls several microagressions directed towards him and another latino student by a teacher and connects it with the present state that people of color deal with on a consistent basis. Juan talks about his interest in skateboarding and fashion style. He concludes the interview by reflecting on his hopes for the future of the US in light of the current election year.

Interviewer Bio:
Yvette Ramirez

About the Interviewer: Born and raised in Queens, NY, Yvette is an arts administrator, educator and aspiring oral-historian. She is inspired by the arts as a social agent that can build and empower communities as well as bring about transformative justice and healing. She has worked as an organizer with Latino and working class communities with Make The Road NY and New Immigrant Community Empowerment and as a fellow with the Center for Neighborhood Leadership. She holds a BA from Hunter College in Romance Languages and Political Science where she studied past and present social movements in Latin America. As a daughter of Bolivian immigrants, she is interested in exploring identity based politics, the meaning of “home,” memory, and patriarchy through her art practice.

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