A small, pink-haired woman approaches a man leaving the giant glass doors of an office tower in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood.
“Hi, do you work for Google?” she says.
“Yes, I do,” he replies.
“We’re trying to get Google to take nazis off of YouTube,” she says. “YouTube is not enforcing its hate speech policy.”
She hands him a flyer, which he takes, smiling politely, before heading off to the next leg of his commute.
This is the polite tactic of the Metropolitan Anarchist Coordinating Council, known as MACC, a New York City collective that seeks “to seed resistance to an emboldened right-wing through an alternative, radical form of participatory politics,” according to their website. On a windy spring evening, around ten MACC members have gathered in protest at YouTube’s New York offices, a building it shares with its parent company, Google.