scott crow is an international speaker and author . He has engaged his varied life as a coop business co-owner, political organizer, educator and strategist, activist, filmmaker, dad and underground musician in a lifelong quixotic quest of enacting the ideas of collective liberation rooted in the philosophies of anarchy.
For over two decades he has focused on diverse socio-political issues including worker cooperatives, animal liberation, feminism, police brutality, environmental destruction, prison abolition, political prisoners, alternatives to capitalism and disaster relief.
His first book Black Flags and Windmills: Hope, Anarchy and the Common Ground Collective (PM Press) has been critically lauded including being named by Progressive Magazine as one of the“Top five books of 2011″. His writings have appeared within the books Grabbing Back: Essays Against the Global Land Grab (AK Press) and What Lies Beneath: Katrina, Race, and the State of the Nation (South End Press) as well as within radical publications including Fifth Estate, INFOSHOP.org, Free Voices, Slingshot, Turning The Tide, Earth First! Journal, Anarchistnews.org.and in German and Spanish periodicals.
scott has worked for a number of national organizations creating and implementing direct actions, protests and mobilizations including Greenpeace, A.C.O.R.N., Rainforest Action Network, Ruckus Society and the short lived but powerful networks Continental Direct Action Network, and Mobilization For Global Justice. Additional he has worked with many grassroots groups on campaigns, education efforts and strategies including the Industrial Workers of the World and Anti Racist Action. In these efforts over the years he also co-founded a number of diverse projects, businesses and organizations rooted in cooperative, power sharing models including Lesson Seven (political industrial band), Radical Encuentro Camp (education project), Red Square (co-op art gallery), Dirty South Earth First! (environmental organization) Century Modern (antique cooperative), Treasure City Thrift (volunteer/worker cooperative) and the Common Ground Collective (the largest anarchist organization in modern US history) in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
He has appeared in international media including the New York Times, Democracy Now, CNN, NPR, RT News, Mother Jones, Rolling Stone, Der Spiegel , Z Magazine, Pacifica Radio, Medium and Vice among others. In other media he appeared in the documentary films Informant (Music Box 2013), Better this World (PBS 2012) and Welcome To New Orleans (Fridthjof Film 2006) and co-produced a documentary film Angola 3: Black Panthers and the Last Slave Plantation (PM Press 2008).
Beginning in the late 1990s, scott was under investigation and surveillance in nine states for his political activity related to animal rights and radical environmental issue. He was labeled as a "domestic terrorist" by the FBI for a decade although no charges were brought. His high profile case was one of the precursors to the unveiling of the US governments spying on political activists and citizens which was widely revealed in 2013.
Today he is a sought after speaker at college campuses and community centers internationally talking about anarchy, surveillance, political prisoners, climate change and environmental issues, animal rights, community organizing and worker cooperatives.