Members of G-M.A.C.C. Inc. (Gangstas Making Astronomical Community Changes Inc.; http://gangstamackin.com/) rallied with what they termed a “G-M.A.C.C. Shooting Response” outside of the NYCHA’s Farragut Houses in Downtown Brooklyn on Thursday, Aug. 12.
The rally was meant to call attention to a shooting between local residents the week before. “This is a shooting response and we have to respond every time somebody does something to some of our people,” Shanduke McPhatter, G-M.A.C.C.’s founder said into a mic as he paced on the sidewalk at the corner of Front and York streets.
A small crowd gathered as McPhatter spoke about the recent shooting—a large percentage of the crowd were other G-M.A.C.C. members, but curious onlookers also paid attention to what McPhatter had to say.
“Look us up, build with us, see us walking through the ’hood,” McPhatter told the onlookers. “Tell us you got an issue and you’re ready to do something, and we’re going to do everything that we can to help you see a different action to that conflict.”
Speaking with the Amsterdam News following the rally—and before heading to another shooting response in East New York––McPhatter explained “This is part of our catchment area—we focus on a small area where there are a high amount of shootings and work with the individuals or groups that may be involved in those shootings to deescalate and prevent any type of further response. So, somebody got shot here, over an argument—it was a non-fatal shooting, but a non-fatal shooting can lead to a retaliation or another fatal shooting or two. Our goal is to prevent that, let people know there is an opportunity to get resources out here. There’re people who can help you work through these conflicts.
“We feel the need to respond so that people know there’s something else out there. Not just when the police shoot and kill one of us, but when we shoot and kill one of us—that’s even more of a travesty to all of us. So our work is responding every time a shooting happens, we talk to the community, see if we can provide resources, anything that they need to stop the risk of being shot or shooting somebody.”