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Black flags and windmills : hope, anarchy, and the Common Ground collective

Author: Scott J Crow
Publisher: Oakland, California : PM Press, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Second editionView all editions and formats
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When both levees and governments failed in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, the anarchist-inspired Common Ground Collective was created to fill the void. WIth the motto of "Solidarity Not Charity," they worked to create power from below - building autonomous projects, programs, and spaces of self-sufficiency like health clinics and neighborhood assemblies, while also supporting communities defending themselves  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Scott J Crow
ISBN: 1604864532 9781604864533
OCLC Number: 863596574
Description: 256 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Glossary --
People and organizations --
Foreword to the second edition by John P. Clark --
Foreword by Kathleen Cleaver. "Even before the thoughts occurred..." : Introduction: Waking up from oblivion --
Prologue: It takes a spark to start a prairie fire --
Against forgetting --
Black flags and windmills --
A battle in Algiers --
Barbed-wire hopes --
Of anarchists, Panthers, and Zapatistas. "Like concrete..." : Like flowers in concrete --
With thunder in our hearts --
Raising Common Ground --
Postscript: An ending and a beginning. "Dream the future..." : Photographs. Interviews : Shifting culture without government by DJ Pangburn --
Black flags and radical relief efforts in New Orleans: an interview with scott crow. Appendices : Common Ground communiqués (2005-2009) --
Common Ground documents --
Outline of Common Ground activities and programs. Notes. Acknowledgments. Further reading. About the authors.
Responsibility: Scott Crow.

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When both levees and governments failed in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, the anarchist-inspired Common Ground Collective was created to fill the void. WIth the motto of "Solidarity Not Charity," they worked to create power from below - building autonomous projects, programs, and spaces of self-sufficiency like health clinics and neighborhood assemblies, while also supporting communities defending themselves from white militias and police brutality, illegal home demolitions, and evictions. This work - equal parts memoir, history, and organizing philosophy - vividly intertwines Common Ground cofounder scott crow's experiences and ideas with Katrina's reality, illustrating how people can build local grassroots power for collective liberation. It is a story of resisting indifference, rebuilding hope amid collapse, and struggling against the grain to create better worlds.

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