DOCUMENTARY DESCRIBES HOW GANG PROTECTED PUERTO RICANS FOR 50 YEARS IN SPRING GARDEN

In Council News, Maria D. Quiñones-Sánchez, News by PHL Council

“For more than 50 years, members of this gang made sure mothers weren’t hassled walking back from markets, that fathers found their homes safely after late nights socializing, that children were unharmed traveling to and from school…

In February, [filmmaker] Gilberto Gonzalez shared parts of his documentary – three years and $12,500 in the making – with a crowd of former neighborhood residents and some of the 30 living members of 20G at West Philadelphia’s Scribe Video Center…

Because Gonzalez plans to send the documentary to various film festivals, he was unable to show the complete work. He plans to arrange public viewings in Philadelphia this fall, including one at City Hall with the help of City Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez, whose office gave $1,000 to the filmmaker.”

Read more at philly.com

Photo: Gilberto Gonzalez, History of the 20Gs, used with permission.

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