Las Vegas, just south of the main drone base for the United States, is no stranger to the surveillance state. Recently released documents show that the FBI was actively monitoring Indymedia group meetings at a local coffee shop as early as 2004. In a city where the local police spent two months investigating and monitoring people drawing on sidewalks and people identifying themselves as military intelligence agents have shown up at non-violent (non-military) protests, and known police informants (including Brandon Darby himself at the Bundy Ranch) are regular attendees at local events, issues of surveillance against activists and possible solutions to avoid such tactics should be of interest to anyone involved in local grassroots organizing.
This presentation will examine the rise of the current surveillance industrial complex and its impact for radical social movements today. Crow will also place the current strategies and tactics of government and corporate surveillance in the historical context of political repression in the US; reflect on his personal experiences with surveillance, infiltration, being labeled a domestic terrorist and repression; and offer ideas for how activists can defend themselves and their communities to continue creating more just and sustainable worlds."
Scott Crow will be coming back through town on the 19th of May and would like to do another talk. So, if you missed it the first time or even if you were one of the ones lucky enough to be there last time, this is another chance to meet and learn from Scott, during a talk that is very relevant not just to activism in general, but to Las Vegas, in particular:.
It would be awesome if everyone could come and share this opportunity with your personal networks and associated groups. I would like to get a really big turn out and I think everyone that was there last year would agree that it was well worth it.
Scott Crow co-founder of the Common Ground Collective, an anarchist inspired grassroots organization that provided relief in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, will be in Las Vegas to give a presentation. Crow provides a visual, fast moving and engaging presentation. 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.
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.