Tuesday, April 8th at 7pm
Black Flags and Windmills: Creating power from below
This visual and engaging presentation drawn from scott crow’s book Black Flags and Windmills illustrates through stories, analysis and diverse political movement histories how individuals and communities can create collective liberation to change their own worlds by creating power from below. It covers how the ideas, philosophies and practices of anarchism have grown shaping and influencing modern political movements and tendencies from the post-Seattle alternative globalization movements to the Common Ground Collective after Hurricane Katrina, the Occupy uprisings, environmental and animal rights movements and beyond. It also covers the rise of the surveillance state and the implications of political activism being labeled ‘terrorism’. The presentation which is equal parts personal story, radical history and organizing philosophies asks questions about how we engage in social change, the real and perceived challenges presented by the state and power and dares us to rethink how we engage in creating sustainable and liberatory futures.
scott crow is an international speaker and author. He has spent his varied life as a coop business owner, political organizer and educator, strategist, and underground musician who is a proponent of the philosophy and practices of anarchism. He is the author of the book Black Flags and Windmills (PM Press) and appears in the anthologies Grabbing Back: Essays Against the Global Land Grab (AK Press) and What Lies Beneath: Katrina, Race and the State of the Nation(South End Press). He has appeared in international media including the NY Times, Democracy Now, CNN and NPR as well as the documentaries Informant, Better this World and Welcome to New Orleans. He was under surveillance by the FBI as a domestic terrorist threat for a decade without charges being brought. NPR’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”. He can be found speaking at college campuses and community centers internationally or at www.scottcrow.org