The University of San Francisco: College of Arts & Sciences

Scott Crow

Scott CrowScott 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). The book weaves together Crow's personal evolution as a political organizer with his experiences as co-founder of a relief effort in post-Katrina New Orleans 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.