Christie Czajkowski is more than a political activist fighting against a perceived Mexican invasion; she's the movement's videographer. She has dedicated her time to working with the Minutemen and documenting every 'operation,' rally and protest with her video camera pressed to one eye. Most recently, her work appeared on Voice of San Diego with a video clip that showed Minutemen scouting out a migrant worker camp, destroying parts of it and fantasizing about smashing up a chapel. Just to frame her endeavors, CityBeat did a quick web survey on what is known about Czajkowski and her compadres.
At one time she was one of the most prominent of Minutemen, a 6-foot-tall blonde and self-proclaimed Minute Mom. Her best-known work was her attempt to document an alleged child-prostitution ring in McGonigle Canyon. The Minutemen had been pushing the rumor for months that illegal immigrants living there were abducting young girls in Mexico and using them as prostitutes here in San Diego County. Czajkowski's footage--still available on YouTube--interspersed news reports with her own grainy footage of what she thought was a line of men waiting their turn. She called police, who found no evidence of prostitution.
The video Voice posted depicts a reconnaissance trip into the canyon made by San Diego Minuteman leader Jeff Schwilk, Czajkowski (who was dating Schwilk at the time) and other Minutemen. In the video, the Minutemen vandalize a migrant encampment and do some damage to a carefully constructed Christian chapel. Schwilk can be heard saying he has 'a fantasy' of destroying the chapel. Schwilk wrote in a press release yesterday that the videos were 'highly edited' and '100% FALSE.'
Several weeks after the videos were shot, the camp was attacked and largely destroyed, leading to a police investigation of the group. Several migrants said Czajkowski was involved in the attack, but a photo in the Orange County Register shows her at a protest 60 miles away that morning. She told a Southern Poverty Law Center interviewer that she arrived at the canyon that afternoon and saw Schwilk and other Minutemen leaving the camp. She said Schwilk later asked her not to tell police she'd seen him there, but she refused.
Police broke up a Super Bowl party at Schwilk's house a week later. Czajkowski was there, videotaping, as usual. They began to argue over who owned the vast quantity of footage Czajkowski shot for the Minutemen. There doesn't appear to be a copy of this video on the web, but it purportedly shows Schwilk swatting at her camera and cursing vehemently.
Since then, Czajkowski has thrown in with Russ Dove and his Truth In Action network. Dove is a Tucson activist who fights even more bitterly against illegal immigration than Schwilk and his ilk. Among other stunts, he likes to burn Mexican flags at rallies. The videos she has been producing for Dove intersperse his speeches to the Tucson City Council with TV news footage or song clips (all with 'Copyright 2007 Christie Czajkowski' displayed along the bottom of the screen). Two nine-minute YouTube clips attempt to make the case that illegal immigrants are Mexican agents infiltrating the United States to help that nation recapture 'Aztlan,' better known as New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona and California.