By scott crow, Kathleen Cleaver
Tracing a lifetime of radical activism and the emergence of a grassroots association within the face of catastrophe, this chronicle describes scott crow's headlong rush into the political hurricane surrounding the catastrophic failure of the levee in New Orleans in 2005 and the following failure of kingdom and native executive organisations within the wake of storm Katrina. It recounts crow's efforts with others in the neighborhood to stumbled on universal flooring Collective, a grassroots aid association that outfitted scientific clinics, organize nutrients and water distribution, and created neighborhood gardens whilst neighborhood executive companies, FEMA, and the pink go have been absent or useless. The individuals additionally stood along the beleaguered citizens of latest Orleans in resisting domestic demolitions, white militias, police brutality, and FEMA incompetence. This bright, own account maps the intersection of radical ideology with pragmatic motion and chronicles a community's efforts to translate beliefs into tangible effects. Resisting indifference, rebuilding wish amidst cave in, and independence from executive entities end up continual issues during this name to activism, demonstrating what will be performed through made up our minds contributors in severe situations.
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PROLOGUE It Takes a Spark to Start a Prairie Fire I think what motivates people is not great hate, but great love for other people. — Huey Newton A Beginning All stories have beginnings. My story of the Common Ground Collective begins with questions of life and death. Not only my own, but also the lives and deaths of people I knew and loved, and of thousands I have never met, who lived in the Gulf Coast region in the fall of 2005. That was when, following an immense storm in the late summer, everyone and everything in the Gulf Coast region changed forever.
We thanked the two men for their help and left them at their warehouse. Returning to our hidden boat, we loaded it. The sun was warming the air as helicopters circled back and forth on missions unknown, passing close down to us, watching. The fires, unseen as we sat in our boat, still produced smoke across our landscape. We idled the boat into the middle of the waterway and killed the engine. We had to make a choice: turn one way to the bridge and eventually into the flooded city through the broken levees to further aid those disregarded by the state, or head the way we had come in to make the long journey back to where we had started.
Leadership (for lack of a better term) represents for me guidance by individuals or groups within communities. This guidance is based in the recognition that there are power relations even within horizontal organizing, based on social, cultural, experiential, or political factors. Individuals or groups in guidance roles may have more power (or be perceived to have more power). The practice of leadership seeks to subvert the familiar figure of the authoritarian leader who delegates tasks, makes unilateral decisions, and takes actions without discussion or accountability to those involved.
Black Flags and Windmills: Hope, Anarchy, and the Common Ground Collective by scott crow, Kathleen Cleaver