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Black Flags and Windmills: Creating power from below – with author and speaker scott crow

Friday October 23rd, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm



A presentation, talk and discussion from speaker, author and storyteller scott crow. 

This visual and engaging presentation drawn from scott crow’s critically acclaimed 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.

A short film about Black Flags and Windmills can be found at

BIO: scott crow is an international speaker, author and storyteller.
He has spent his varied life as a coop business owner, political organizer and educator, strategist, and musician who is a proponent of the ideas and practices of anarchism.
He is the author of the critically acclaimed book Black Flags and Windmills: Hope, Anarchy and the Common Ground Collective (PM Press) and Emergency Hearts, Molotov Dreams: A scott crow Reader (GTK Press). He’s a contributor to the books Grabbing Back: Essays Against the Global Land Grab (AK Press), The Black Bloc Papers (LBC), Witness to Betrayal (AK Press /Emergency Hearts) and What Lies Beneath: Katrina, Race and the State of the Nation(South End Press). His forthcoming books are : Standing on the Edge: Towards A Politics of Possibilities (PM Press,
2016), Setting Sights: Histories, Praxis, and Reflections on Community Armed Self-Defense (PM Press, 2016) and Chasing Paper Tigers: My dangerous years under FBI surveillance 1999-2010 (AK Press, 2016).
He has appeared frequently in international media as subject and commentator including the New York Times, Democracy Now, CNN, NPR, RT News, Mother Jones, Rolling Stone, Der Spiegel and Vice as well as in
the political documentaries and Informant, Better this World and Welcome to New Orleans. He was the co-producer of the documentary film Angola 3: Black Panthers and the Last Slave Plantation (PM Press). He was targeted for surveillance by the FBI as an alleged domestic terrorist threat for a decade without charges being brought. The New York Times characterized him as “anarchist, veteran organizer and an aficionado of
civil disobedience”, the FBI noted in a memo “…crow is a puppet master involved in direct action. “ and NPR’s This American Life called him “a living legend among anarchists”. He can be found speaking or atwww.scottcrow.org

/// with good vegan food served at 7.30pm /// talk at 8pm ///

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Friday October 23rd, 2015
7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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Sumac Centre
245 Gladstone Street
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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