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An Evening with Author/Activist Scott Crow
Sun, Nov 13, 2011 3pm
2nd floor of ECM 1204 Oread Ave
Nov 12, 2011

>>Please distribute widely. This will be a great event.<<

Beverages and finger food will be served!

The event is open to the public. Donations will cover travel fees and rental space.

About scott crow (sic) and Black Flags & Windmills:
When both levees and governments failed in New Orleans in the fall of 2005, scott crow headed into the political storm, co-founding a relief effort called the Common Ground Collective. In the absence of local government, FEMA, and the Red Cross, this unusual volunteer organization, based on ‘solidarity not charity,’ built medical clinics, set up food and water distribution, and created community gardens. They also resisted home demolitions, white militias, police brutality, and FEMA incompetence side by side with the people of New Orleans.

crow’s vivid memoir maps the intertwining of his radical experience and ideas with Katrina’s reality, and community efforts to translate ideals into action. It is a story of resisting indifference, rebuilding hope amidst collapse, and struggling against the grain. Black Flags and Windmills invites and challenges all of us to learn from our histories, and dream of better worlds. Moreover, gives us some of the tools to do so.

scott crow is a community organizer, writer, strategist, and speaker who advocates the philosophy and practices of anarchism for social, environmental, and economic aims. scott is the author of the new book Black Flags and Windmills: Hope, Anarchy, and the Common Ground Collective (PM Press, November 2011).

He is the only son of a working class mother who started his political journey in the anti-apartheid, political prisoner and animals rights movements during the Reagan years. For over almost two decades he has continued to use his experience and ideas in co-founding and co-organizing numerous radical grassroots projects in Texas, including Treasure City Thrift, Radical Encuentro Camp, UPROAR (United People Resisting Oppression and Racism), Dirty South Earth First! and the Common Ground Collective, the largest anarchist influenced organization in modern U.S. history to date.

In addition to grassroots organizing, scott has worked for regional and national organizations, including Greenpeace, Rainforest Action Network, Ruckus Society, and A.C.O.R.N. With his partner, he produced the documentary film Angola 3: Black Panthers and the Last Slave Plantation. These political activities lead to him being labeled a “domestic terrorist” by the FBI beginning in the late 90’s with investigations that continued for almost a decade.

scott has appeared in various media outlets including the New York Times, CNN, Democracy Now!, Texas Observer, Infoshop, Left Turn, Anarchist News, Z Magazine, Austin Chronicle, Austin American-Statesman, Pacifica Radio and AlterNet as well as the documentaries Welcome To New Orleans, Better this World, and Informant. His writings have appeared in the anthology What Lies Beneath: Katrina, Race, and the State of the Nation (2006 South End Press) as well as various radical print magazines and online sites over the last decade.

From his home in Austin scott currently works at Ecology Action an anarchist worker-run recycling center cooperative, consults in building worker cooperatives, travels for speaking, and organizes projects. In his spare time, he and his partner bike around town, raise a barnyard of funny animals, and dream of sustainable futures.


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