Christina Gonzalez and Matthew proactively look out for their neighbors in Harlem and greater NYC, and thanks to the Internet, they’re helping peeps across the globe. The duo – labeled “professional agitators” by an employee of New York Police Department’s 30th Precinct – use their cameras and share ideas to mitigate institutionalized thuggery.
The footage of Christina and Matthew used in this video were captured in late August, 2013 when Jacob Crawford and I passed through NYC with the Police Accountability Tour.
Before arriving in town we had contacted Christina and were looking forward to connecting. Once in NYC Christina and I realized that we’d already crossed-paths two years prior during Occupy Wall Street. My bud Tommy and I were nearby to Christina when some folks wearing “NYPD” badges snatched her up (for the egregious act of filming).
It’s great knowing Christina and Matthew are out there. I’m sure their neighbors feel the same.
- Christina & Matthew on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/christinag91686/videos
- National Copwatch Conference, NYC, Fri/Sat Sept 27-28: http://www.copblock.org/national-copwatch-conference-nyc-sept-27-28
- Copblocking 101: CopBlock.org/Copblocking101