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Jun 4, 2013: Las Vegas A-Cafe to Host Talk by Organizer/Author Scott Crow Co-Founder of the Common Ground Collective at UNLV

The Las Vegas Anarchist Cafe will be hosting a presentation by Scott Crow, in Las Vegas at UNLV’s Frank and Estella Beam Hall (room 105) on June 5th. The Common Ground Collective is an anarchist inspired grassroots organization founded in New Orleans to provide disaster relief after Hurricane Katrina. Crow uses his book, “Black Flags and Windmills,” as a foundation for a visual, fast moving, and engaging presentation of stories to show what ordinary people can do to change their own worlds and create power from below without governments.

The talk seeks through a collection of stories to show how the philosophy of anarchism has shaped and changed modern political movements. Anarchism’s influence on organization and actions has allowed spaces for projects like the Common Ground Collective, the largest anarchist organization in modern US history to come into existence after Hurricane Katrina, the Occupy uprisings, and the environmental climate change movements across the US.

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 and dares us to rethink our grassroots movements in how we engage for the future. This talk will be of interest for anyone that has been involved in grassroots organizing and community related planning from a decentralized, member based perspective.

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.

The Las Vegas A-Cafe is a weekly meeting of local Anarchists that has served as a social and political discussion group and organizing space for over four years. Some of the various groups affiliated with it include the Sunset Activist Collective, Nevada Cop Block, Food Not Bombs Las Vegas, OccupyLV.org, and the Las Vegas Industrial Workers of the World.

Apr 17, 2012: Food Not Bombs at Las Vegas Humanitarian Festival, April 27-28

From FNBer Ana Maria Robles at the Food Not Bombs Las Vegas Facebook group:

Hello my friends!

We will have a booth at the Las Vegas Humanitarian Festival at UNLV Intramural Fields on April 27 and April 28 from 5:00pm until 10:00pm.

Please let me know if you can come down to help out at the booth.

Please share the invite with all your friends. I posted the invite on this page. Hope to see you all there!!

http://www.facebook.com/LVHFestival

To see the invite on Facebook, check out Las Vegas Humanitarian Festival 2.

Nov 9, 2009: Reportback from Living Without Borders 2009 (Nov. 6-8, 2009)

This past weekend, Food Not Bombs Las Vegas came together to provide fresh vegan food and an outreach table at UCIR’s 2nd annual Living Without Borders / Viviendo Sin Fronteras encuentro at UNLV. We had pamphlets and handbills; we had banana bread and fresh fruit; we provided four hot vegan meals to the over 100 participants at the three days of workshops, keynotes, and conversation.

Living Without Borders is an activist and community meeting devoted to freedom and dignity for all immigrants, to envisioning and working to build a world without government borders, and to radical social transformation that tears down all the walls, including both the coercively-imposed boundaries of nation-states and also all the other, interconnected forms of oppression, exploitation and domination that confine and constrain us. The encuentro is organized by the United Coalition for Im/migrant Rights in Las Vegas. As part of the encuentro, UCIR provided tabling space for community and activist organizations to reach out to the conference-goers about their projects and their issues; there was also a free breakfast and a free lunch provided to the participants at the encuentro on Saturday and on Sunday. Food Not Bombs provided vegan food for the meals along with compostable/biodegradable plates, cups, and utensils.

The meals on Saturday were prepared by Vegas FNBers Charles and Gail, with logistical help from Nelson, and with a lot of help from UCIR food committee volunteers Irina, Joanna, Jorina, and Adan. For breakfast, there was a fruit salad, fresh bananas, apples, pears, grapes, cut melons, and bread with fig jam. For the lunch, Charles, Jorina, and Adan prepared a baked eggplant marinara, banana berry smoothies, and fresh watermelon. Gail made some of her famous salad, along with a bowl of fresh strawberries. Nelson made a food pickup to make sure we had all the food that we needed. Irina delivered the breakfast to the conference site, and Joanna picked up the salads from Gail and delivered the lunch over to the lunch site at La Casita, as well as coordinating the set-up and break-down for the serving area once the food had been delivered.

The meals on Sunday were prepared by Charles and Kelly, with logistical help from fellow FNBer Daniel, and with a lot of help from UCIR food committee volunteers Joanna and Nolo. For breakfast, there were bananas, apples, grapes, banana bread, and bread with fig jam. For the lunch, Charles, Joanna, and Nolo prepared baked eggplant marinara, a vegan green bean casserole, home fries, and fresh watermelon. Daniel delivered the lunch to La Casita, and Joanna coordinated the set-up and break-down for the serving area.

At the outreach table, we had pamphlets, handbills about our weekly free picnic in Baker Park, a sign-up sheet, a donation bucket, and some literature about veganism kindly shared with us by the folks at Vegas Veg*. We had banana bread made by FNBer Kelly and cookies brought by FNBer Vanessa.  We also shared some table space with Southern Nevada ALL, who provided literature and buttons about anarchism and grassroots mutual aid. Kelly coordinated the outreach tabling; Vanessa, Charles, and Daniel helped out with staffing the table. We also got to set up right next to our friends and fellow workers with the Industrial Workers of the World, who had the next table over.

The conference was great. Over 100 people pre-registered (with most of them coming to the events on Saturday, and some who only made it to events on Sunday). There were inspiring keynotes by Hilda Garcia (from La Mujer Obrera autonomous women’s community in El Paso, and from author Rinku Sen); there were 14 great workshops, including a presentation by Vegas FNBer Charles Johnson on anarchism and immigration freedom. Through the outreach table we made a lot of new connections (8 new contacts on the sign-up sheet) and raised $46 in donations. I hope that this will be only the first in a long series of Living Without Borders events, and the first of many chances for Food Not Bombs to work together with UCIR in supporting this powerful event.

See you all at the organizational meeting this Saturday!

Nov 5, 2009: Food Not Bombs Las Vegas at the Living Without Borders encuentro, Nov. 6-8 at UNLV campus

As part of Food Not Bombs’s commitment to providing food to social justice activist events, Food Not Bombs Las Vegas will be at the 2nd annual Living Without Borders / Viviendo Sin Fronteras encuentro at UNLV, this weekend. We will be helping to provide the free breakfast and lunch for participants on Saturday and Sunday; we will also be hosting an outreach table all three days of the encuentro, on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

The 2nd Annual Living Without Borders / Viviendo Sin Fronteras encuentro will be held this weekend, November 6-9, 2009, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Spread the word to anyone you think might be interested! Register to attend if one of the folks who might be interested is you yourself!

Living Without Borders is an activist and community meeting devoted to freedom and dignity for all immigrants, to the struggle against international apartheid, to envisioning and working to build a world without government borders, and to radical social transformation that tears down all the walls, including both the coercively-imposed boundaries of nation-states and also all the other, interconnected forms of oppression, exploitation and domination that confine and constrain us. The encuentro is organized by the United Coalition for Im/migrant Rights in Las Vegas.

Hope to see you there!

Nov 1, 2009: Picnic in Baker Park, Sunday November 1

Food Not Bombs Las Vegas came together for our weekly Free Picnic in the Park at Baker Park today from 10am to 12pm. We had some bread, rice, chili, potatoes, soup, and lots of salad to eat, with orange juice and fruit punch to drink.

It was a gorgeous day out but a smaller picnic than some — about 20 people joined in the meal this week. (Partly because it’s early on the month, I guess.) Food Not Bombs organizer Daniel, Charles, Kelly, and Scott were there. Joe brought out hot food that Gail had made. We put some music on the boombox, talked about immigration freedom and the upcoming Living Without Borders conference at UNLV, and moved forward on plans for beginning a second weekly picnic, on Wednesdays.

Next week many Food Not Bombs organizers will be at the Living Without Borders encuentro, including Kelly (who’s organizing volunteers for a Food Not Bombs Las Vegas outreach table; if you’re interested in volunteering to staff the table on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, contact us to sign up), and Charles (who is presenting a workshop on anarchism, and also coordinating food for the participants at the encuentro). There will be a free Food Not Bombs breakfast and lunch for everyone at the encuentro on Saturday and Sunday.

Hope to see you all next week, whether at the encuentro or at the Picnic in the Park!