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Victor Mendolia

June 29, 2016


Hudson, NY


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Tyler Caughie

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Victor Mendolia discusses his involvement in HIV/AIDs activism in the 1980s in New York City, moving to Hudson, New York, and his participation in Hudson politics.  Victor reflects on tactics of direct action advocacy and ways of influencing politics as well as the importance of the Hudson Pride Parade in shifting Hudson residents’ attitudes toward the LGBTQ community.  Additionally, Victor Mendolia discusses an ongoing initiative he is involved in to create equal representation between the wards in Hudson.  At the time of the interview Victor Mendolia is the Chairman of the Hudson City Democratic Committee.

This interview is of significance to those interested in Act Up New York, a direct action advocacy group focused around AIDS activism beginning in the 1980s; LGBTQ organizing in Hudson, New York; the history of the Fair and Equal Initiative and concerns over unequal representation in Hudson politics.

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Tyler Caughie

Tyler Caughie is a resident of New York City who works in the non-profit sector to address and undo food injustice, inequality, and racism. At the time of the interview Tyler is a participant in Oral History Summer School 2016.

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