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Monday, November 5, 2012


11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

SY Solidarity Not Charity:The Story Of The Common Ground Relief Collective In New Orleans

Scott Crow is speaking November 5th 11am-1pm
PCC Sylvania Campus in CC Building-Cedar Room (through the Cafeteria)

Bus lines: 44 and 78
Shuttles: Orange, Yellow, Blue,and Green
ASL interpreter provided
Other accommodations only by request via Disability Services Sylvania ST 229
Ph. 971-722-4341 | FAX: 971-722-4882 | Video Phone: 503-928-5875

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. And gives us some of the tools to do so.
About Scott Crow:

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. In the late 80s he fronted two political electronic industrial bands and through the 90s ran a successful antique/art cooperative business. 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 is a sought-after speaker on campuses, community centers and churches.
What People Are Saying:

"Crow‘s testimony following in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina further indicts a flawed political and economic system that was bankrupt long before Hurricane Katrina. The reader will find within the pages a life built on principals that have propelled crow to fight injustice in a story well told!” —Robert Hillary King, former Black Panther, former U.S. political prisoner and author, From the Bottom of the Heap

"PRI’s This American Life called him “a living legend among anarchists” and the New York Times characterized him as “anarchist and veteran organizer… that comes across as more amiable than combative…”.

"Scott Crow is an engaging and dynamic speaker who grounds complex ideas with his wealth of remarkable, lived experiences, making the ideas accessible to wide audience. He consistently leaves his audience inspired and energized to undertake the work necessary to make this world a better place. He is personable, humorous, and truly superb! ” —James Clark, 2011-12 Co-Chair, Temple University National Lawyers Guild, Philadelphia

“Folks, it was an amazing presentation. if you can, ask scott crow to come to your town.” —Jaggi Singh Co-director QPIRG Concordia University Montreal, QC

“Scott Crow’s presentations are refreshingly positive and down-right inspirational. His messages of hope and resistance really resonate with the audience. If you want to inspire a group to persist and resist, Scott is the right person for the job. ” —Dr. Tish Stringer: Film Program Manger, Rice University Media Center Houston

“The real story of the storm, the story of the majority, is of heroic acts of solidarity from the outset and of the million or so volunteers who came later. This book is a key document in that real and a remarkable story of an activist’s personal and philosophical evolution.” —Rebecca Solnit, author, A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster

“For decades scott crow has approached his political organizing with humility, resilience, and honesty, and he continues to do so in Black Flags & Windmills.” —Will Potter, author, Green Is the New Red: An Insider’s Account of a Social Movement Under Siege

“This book is an example that should be studied by activists of all stripes, to learn the lessons of wisdom inside. This is Anarchism-in-Action in a real world setting, and it is an example of mutual aid at its best.” —Lorenzo Kom’boa Ervin, former Black Panther and political prisoner, Author, Anarchism and the Black Revolution

“This is an excellent manual on community organizing. It’s a beautifully written raw story that does not try to downplay the difficulties, betrayals, and mistakes that are inevitable in authentic collective work…” —Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author, Outlaw Woman: A Memoir of the War Years, 1960-1975

“It is a brilliant, detailed, and humble book written with total frankness and at the same time a revolutionary poet’s passion. It makes the reader feel that we too, with our emergency heart as our guide, can do anything, we only need to begin. ” —Marina Sitrin, author, Horizontalism: Voices of Popular Power in Argentina

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