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Black flags and windmills; hope, anarchy, and the Common Ground Collective.


Black flags and windmills; hope, anarchy, and the Common Ground Collective.

Crow, Scott.

PM Press


223 pages



Scott Crow tells the story of the formation of the Common Ground Collective in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina had devastated the region and the import anarchism had for that project. Crow, a community-organizer and anarchist from Texas known by the FBI for nonviolent direct action, went to New Orleans in 2005. The situation was dire, but pregnant with hope--with little or no formal disaster relief, people were organizing on their own to meet their needs and help their neighbors. His story weaves personal experiences with community organizing in Louisiana and elsewhere, histories of liberation movements based on collective self-determination, reflection on anarchist practice, community resistance to racism, as well as the particular story of the Common Ground Collective. Three appendices detail early communications, founding documents, and activity/program rosters of the Common Ground Collective.

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Date:Oct 1, 2012
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