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scott crow comes to the vegas valley

Att’n: Nevada friends, ALLies and rabble-rousers! (Or, anyone who happens to be passing through the Vegas Valley on the evening of June 5 ….) Here’s some great news from Vegas ALLy and A-Café-er Kelly Patterson: Vegas (A)s have organized a visit and a talk from scott crow of Common Ground Collective, Ecology Action of Texas, etc. etc. etc., based on stories from his book Black Flags and Windmills. The presentation will be in Beam Hall on UNLV campus, on Wednesday, June 5.

  • WHO: Everyone’s invited!
  • WHEN: Wednesday, June 5, 2013, 6:00 – 8:00pm.
  • WHERE: Frank and Estella Beam Hall, Room 105 @ UNLV. Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • WHAT: Talk by Organizer/Author Scott Crow of the Common Ground Collective

Here’s the Facebook event page; or Las Vegas Anarchy Meetup event page if you prefer. Either way, the copy’s the same:

Scott Crow co-founder of the Common Ground Collective, an anarchist inspired grassroots relief in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, will be in Las Vegas to give a presentation. crow uses his book as a foundation for a visual, fast moving and engaging presentation of stories to show what ordinary people can do to change their own worlds and create power from below without governments. The presentation seeks through a collection of stories to show how the philosophy of anarchism has shaped and changed modern political movements. Anarchism’s influence on organization and actions has allowed spaces for projects like the Common Ground Collective, the largest anarchist organization in modern US history to come into existence after Hurricane Katrina, the Occupy uprisings, and the environmental climate change movements across the US. 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 dares us to rethink our grassroots movements in how we engage for the future.

This talk will be of interest for anyone that has been involved in grassroots organizing and community related planning from a decentralized, member based perspective.

scott crow bio:

scott crow has spent his varied life as an underground musician, coop business owner, political organizer, trainer, strategist, consultant, ‘green collar’ worker, writer and speaker advocating the philosophy and practices of anarchism for social, cultural, environmental, and economic aims.

Over the last two decades scott has worked for a number of national organizations like Greenpeace, A.C.O.R.N. and Ruckus Society and co-founded a number of varied projects, businesses and organizations including Lesson Seven (political industrial band), Red Square (coop art gallery), Century Modern (antique cooperative), Treasure City Thrift (volunteer/worker cooperative) and the Common Ground Collective in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina (the largest anarchist inspired organization in modern US history). He is the author of the book Black Flags and Windmills (PM Press 2011), appeared in What Lies Beneath: Katrina, Race and the State of the Nation (South end Press) and co-produced the film Angola 3: Black Panthers and the Last Slave Plantation (PM Press). He has appeared in international media as both a writer and subject including the NY Times, Democracy Now, CNN and NPR as well as the documentaries Welcome to New Orleans, Better this World, and Informant.

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 . . .. Currently scott splits his time speaking and consulting nationally and organizing locally.

Rad Geek Speaks: Markets Not Capitalism in Austin, Texas (Feb. 4-5, 2012)

I am happy to announce that Markets Not Capitalism is coming to Austin, Texas next weekend. I will be appearing at Brave New Books near the UT campus, and MonkeyWrench Books in North Austin, for a talk / reading / Q&A / market anarchist shindig on Saturday, February 4, and Sunday, February 5. Books will be available for purchase, I’ll be available for discussion and signing, caffeine will be available for consumption; spontaneously-ordered sociality to follow. Come on down; invite yr friends!

Markets Not Capitalism Book Talk/Signing

Charles Johnson (editor, contributor)

Markets Not Capitalism:
Individualist Anarchism Individualist Anarchism Against Bosses, Inequality, Corporate Power, and Structural Poverty

(Published by Minor Compositions/Autonomedia, November 2011).

Markets Not Capitalism @ Brave New Books:

Saturday, 4 February 2012. 6:00pm-9:00pm.
at Brave New Books underground bookstore
1904 Guadalupe Suite B (downstairs),
Austin, Texas 78705
More at the Facebook Event page

Markets Not Capitalism @ MonkeyWrench Books:

Sunday, 5 February 2012. 6:00pm-8:00pm.
at MonkeyWrench Books radical bookstore
110 E. North Loop,
Austin, Texas 78751
More at the Facebook Event page

I’ll be giving a brief talk at both events, and then a reading from the collected essays on the nature of capitalism, role of the State in creating and propping it up, the place of mutual exchange and individual ownership in a radical, bottom-up alternative, the radical possibilities of freed-market social activism, and the individualist and mutualist tendencies within the anticapitalist tradition. Q&A, discussion and book-signing will ensue.

Many, many thanks are due to Crystal of the Austin / Central Texas A.L.L., for suggesting and organizing both of these events. And many thanks also to the spaces that have generously agreed to host us. Brave New Books is an underground radical libertarian bookstore, located one block from the University of Texas. In addition to fiction and nonfiction about a wide variety of topics, they also host community events including film showings, community meetings, music, speakers, book signings, and more.

MonkeyWrench Books is an all volunteer, collectively-run radical bookstore in North Austin. They provide an extensive collection of radical literature and media, prioritizing books, magazines, movies and zines that you won’t find at your average corporate bookstore; they also provide a place for meetings, film screenings, workshops, benefits, book readings and performances. The store facilitates greater interaction among individuals and organizations working toward social and economic justice. It’s a place where both experienced organizers and people new to political activism can find support, information, and a range of progressive viewpoints. It’s also a relaxed space to network and make connections over a cup of organic coffee or tea.

I’ll see you there!

Monday Lazy Linking

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<li><p><a href="http://aaeblog.com/2011/06/10/jim-crow-returns-to-alabama/">Jim Crow Returns to Alabama. Roderick, <cite>Austro-Athenian Empire</cite> (2011-06-10)</a>. <q>This past Thursday the Alabama legislature put on their white hoods and enacted the harshest anti-immigrant regime in the country, one even more tyrannical than Arizona’s ethnic-cleansing laws. As in Arizona, the new edict “allows police to arrest anyone suspected of being an illegal immigrant if the person is stopped...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Sunday 2011-06-12.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://reason.com/archives/2011/06/10/that-80s-show">That ’80s Show. Jesse Walker, <cite>Jesse Walker: Reason.com articles and blog posts.</cite> (2011-06-10)</a>. <q>Back to Our Future: How the 1980s Explain the World We Live in Now—Our Culture, Our Politics, Our Everything, by David Sirota, Ballantine Books, 220 pages, $25 1971 saw the debut of All in the Family, a generation-gap comedy that pitted a liberal college student against his conservative father-in-law. 1982...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Sunday 2011-06-12.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://nonadventures.com/2011/06/11/revolutionary-warped/">Revolutionary WARPED. admin, <cite>The Non-Adventures of Wonderella</cite> (2011-06-11)</a>. <q>Grenades took a bit longer to explode back then.</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Sunday 2011-06-12.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/MensRights/comments/hxkse/why_is_ranarchism_so_feminist_oriented/c1z9umh">rechelon on Why is /r/Anarchism so feminist oriented? <cite>reddit: the front page of the internet</cite> (2011-06-12)</a>. <q>1) Well, for instance, there&#39;s a profound number of ways that the state is utterly terrible on issues of rape -- like during the RNC in 08 the police basically openly shuttered their rape investigation department, because you know, priorities, but also use of rape as a weapon by cops/prisons,...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Monday 2011-06-13.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://www.laanarchist.org/blog/2011/06/black-rose-anarchist-history-tour/">Black Rose Anarchist History Tour. Guy Debord, <cite>Los Angeles Anarchist</cite> (2011-06-13)</a>. <q>Fellow Anarchists! Los Angeles has a rich anarchist history, but sadly most of that history has been forgotten or lost in the pages of time. Due to a disconnect of today’s anarchists with their past, combined with never ending redevelopment of the city’s landscape, anarchists in the city constantly walk...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Monday 2011-06-13.)</em></p></li>

Monday Lazy Linking

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<li><p><a href="http://libertarian-labyrinth.blogspot.com/2011/05/corvus-editionsresearch-polls.html?showComment=1307000317974#c4941250420451827334">Just to let you know, a few people (some of whom w... Anonymous, <cite>Two-Gun Mutualism &amp;amp; the Golden Rule</cite> (2011-06-02)</a>. <q>Just to let you know, a few people (some of whom worked on &quot;Property is Theft!&quot;) are working on the rest of &quot;Confessions of a Revolutionary&quot;.Not much to report yet, but that&#39;s the plan.And if you want to publish bits of &quot;Property is Theft!&quot; as Corvus editions then that would...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Saturday 2011-06-04.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://aaeblog.com/2011/06/05/why-context-matters/">Why Context Matters. Roderick, <cite>Austro-Athenian Empire</cite> (2011-06-05)</a>. <q>“The true life, the life eternal has been found – it is not merely promised, it is here, it is in you …. Everyone is the child of God …. As the child of God each man is the equal of every other man.” – Friedrich Nietzsche, The Antichrist “There...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Sunday 2011-06-05.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://philwilson.org/blog/2011/05/change-the-world">Change the world. Phil, <cite>philwilson.org</cite> (2011-05-27)</a>. <q>I work in Higher Education in the UK. Every day I see enterprisey systems which are awful, terrible, unfriendly, unusable, behemoths. The market for each niche system is more or less a monopoly. The market is prime for smaller, more agile, more user-friendly systems to come in and destroy them....</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Sunday 2011-06-05.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://www.shadycharacters.co.uk/2011/05/the-octothorpe-part-2-of-2/">The Octothorpe, part 2 of 2. Keith Houston, <cite>Shady Characters</cite> (2011-05-22)</a>. <q>Bell Telephone Laboratories, one-time research subsidiary of American telecoms giant AT&amp;T, has produced some of the 20th century’s most influential developments in the worlds of science and technology. It boasts seven Nobel Prizes in Physics awarded for, among other things, a demonstration of the wave nature of matter, the invention...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Sunday 2011-06-05.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://www.modestoanarcho.org/2011/05/radical-mental-health-meetings-address.html">&#39;Radical Mental Health Meetings&#39; Address Problems at Grassroots. lilprole, <cite>Modesto Anarcho</cite> (2011-05-17)</a>. <q>Stanislaus County Radical Mental Health is starting to organize weekly meetings for people looking to discuss mental health and depression issues in the Modesto area. The meetings are based off of the Icarus Project's framework. They describe themselves as such:&quot;The Icarus Project envisions a new culture and language that resonates...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Sunday 2011-06-05.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://xkcd.com/908/">The Cloud. <cite>xkcd.com</cite> (2011-06-05)</a>.  <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Sunday 2011-06-05.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://reason.com/blog/2011/06/01/shocking-fbi-discovery-austin">Shocking FBI Discovery: Austin Is Weird. Jesse Walker, <cite>Jesse Walker: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts.</cite> (2011-06-01)</a>. <q>From a New York Times profile of Scott Crow, an Austin anarchist who recently FOIAed his files from the FBI: Mr. Crow, a lanky Texas native who works at a recycling center, is one of several Austin activists who asked the F.B.I. for their files, citing the Freedom of Information...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Sunday 2011-06-05.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://reason.com/archives/2011/06/03/planet-burma">Planet Burma. Jesse Walker, <cite>Jesse Walker: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts.</cite> (2011-06-03)</a>. <q>&quot;Around the globe, it is democratic meltdowns, not democratic revolutions, that are now the norm.&quot; Or so claims Joshua Kurlantzick, a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations writing in the June 9 New Republic. From Venezuela to Russia, he argues, regimes are sliding toward autocratic rule. Polls show public opinion...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Sunday 2011-06-05.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://inciteblog.wordpress.com/2011/06/02/support-the-allied-media-conference-shawty-got-skillz/">Support the Allied Media Conference &amp; Shawty Got Skillz. inciteblog, <cite>INCITE! Blog</cite> (2011-06-02)</a>. <q>Stacey &amp; Mia from To The Other Side Of Dreaming break down why it’s critical to support the Allied Media Conference (June 23-26, 2011, Detroit), a movement building space for radical women of color/people of color organizing, disability justice, queer young people, and more!  They urge everyone to support Shawty Got...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Sunday 2011-06-05.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/MarketUrbanism/~3/FUy9hTey5Ss/">Irrational, or responsive to incentives? Emily Washington, <cite>Market Urbanism</cite> (2011-06-04)</a>. <q>In the Washington Post Brad Plumer editorializes on the choice of many Americans to accept longer commutes by car in exchange for larger homes far from their workplaces. He says that consumers are unable to accurately calculate the cost of their commutes, including time spent driving, leading them to make...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Sunday 2011-06-05.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://sheldonfreeassociation.blogspot.com/2011/06/freedom-and-school-choice-in-american.html">Freedom and School Choice in American Education. <cite>Free Association</cite> (2011-06-05)</a>. There's No Right Way to Manage a Subsidy (cont'd) <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Sunday 2011-06-05.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://twitter.com/feministhulk/statuses/75972714627739648">feministhulk: UNFORTUNATE THING ABOUT ALL-CAPS: HARDER TO ADD SPECIFIC EMPHASIS. HULK WORK TO FIND VERBAL NUANCE IN HULK-SIZE LETTERS. <cite>Twitter / feministhulk</cite> (2011-06-01)</a>. <q>feministhulk: UNFORTUNATE THING ABOUT ALL-CAPS: HARDER TO ADD SPECIFIC EMPHASIS. HULK WORK TO FIND VERBAL NUANCE IN HULK-SIZE LETTERS.</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Sunday 2011-06-05.)</em></p></li>

Wednesday Lazy Linking

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<li><p><a href="http://blogs.forbes.com/andygreenberg/2011/05/05/researchers-say-wsjs-wikileaks-copycat-is-full-of-holes/">Researchers Say WSJ’s WikiLeaks Copycat Is Full Of Holes - Andy Greenberg - The Firewall - Forbes. pilgrim, <cite>Mark&#39;s Firehose</cite> (2011-05-05)</a>. <q>Just what I&#39;ve been waiting for! A WikiLeaks clone owned by Rupert Murdoch that cooperates with law enforcement.</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Monday 2011-05-09.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://twitter.com/diveintomark/statuses/66664169042219008">WSJ&#39;s &quot;SafeHouse&quot; is the Zune of leak sites. I expect in version 2 they&#39;ll introduce the ability to &quot;squirt&quot; leaks to your friends. Mark Pilgrim, <cite>Mark&#39;s Firehose</cite> (2011-05-06)</a>.  <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Monday 2011-05-09.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://inciteblog.wordpress.com/2011/05/07/on-mother%E2%80%99s-day-and-everyday-honoring-mothers-within-our-social-justice-movements/">On Mother’s Day and Everyday – Honoring M/others Within Our Social Justice Movements! inciteblog, <cite>INCITE! Blog » Help the Shawty Got Skillz Skillsharers Get to the AMC!</cite> (2011-05-07)</a>. <q>On Mother’s Day and Everyday- Honoring M/others Within Our Social Justice Movements! by tk karakashian tunchez, The New Mythos Project Originally posted at The New Mythos Project, reposted with permission I feel so incredibly blessed to live in a time where honoring young, single, teen mamas is FINALLY gaining recognition!...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Monday 2011-05-09.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/thesuperfluousman/~3/dx2EvlWr-o8/partial-list-of-things-government-of.html">A Partial List of Things the Government of the State of Oklahoma Considers Preferable to the Peaceful Production of Concentrated Psychoactive Plant Resin. John Markley, <cite>The Superfluous Man</cite> (2011-05-10)</a>. <q>The State of Oklahoma recently passed a law increasing the sentence for producing hashish, a concentrated derivative of the cannabis plant, to a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of life imprisonment. On a first offense, no less. The purpose of this legislation was to "send a message" about...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Tuesday 2011-05-10.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://inciteblog.wordpress.com/2011/05/10/the-revolution-starts-at-home-anthology-is-out-on-the-road/">The Revolution Starts At Home Anthology is Out &amp; On the Road! inciteblog, <cite>INCITE! Blog » Help the Shawty Got Skillz Skillsharers Get to the AMC!</cite> (2011-05-10)</a>. <q>After seven years of hard work, the anthology, The Revolution Starts At Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities, edited by Ching-In Chen, Jai Dulani and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, is finally printed and out!   And there are tour dates!  Here’s more about the collection: “Was/is your abusive partner a high-profile...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Tuesday 2011-05-10.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://whoisioz.blogspot.com/2011/05/droves-of-academe.html">Droves of the Academe. <cite>Who Is IOZ?</cite> (2011-05-10)</a>. <q>There are few entertainments as . . . entertaining as the Herren perfessers weeping over the decline of their discipline, but this piece from Bill Deresiewicz in, of course, La Nation, has a couple of stupendous paragraphs, like this one:Still, there’s a difference between a Roger Smith firing workers at...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Tuesday 2011-05-10.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://listo.tumblr.com/post/5337068880">Photo. <cite>Listonauta</cite> (2011-05-09)</a>.  <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Tuesday 2011-05-10.)</em></p></li>