From Earth First! To Rising Tide To The Tar Sands Blockade: Grassroots Direct Action Movements & State Repression


Radical action is shifting the conversations around how to make change to a wider audience. Whether it's organizing hard hitting campaigns against powerful corporations, establishing occupations in open resistance to capitalist power or building a network to provide disaster relief, direct action is the strategy which both resists state power and creates new institutions that undermine that power.

From Earth First! halting logging and wilderness destruction to Rising Tide North America, the Tar Sands Block ade and other climate justice activists fighting oil, gas and coal tooth and nail, our movements have proven that effective organizing and action can hurt corporate profit and undermine the corporate state’s power. 

But it comes at a cost as state repression hits back hard.

On Dec. 14th at 7pm at Treasure City Thrift in Austin, TX, join Cindy Spoon, Scott Parkin and scott crow as they discuss their experiences in building grassroots direct action movements fighting state and corporate power and dealing with state repression.

WHERE: Treasure City Thrift, 2142 East 7th Street Austin, TX 78702
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 14 at 7pm
DONATE: Free (as we’re gonna be)
CONTACT: Scott at

Cindy Spoon is an organizer with Rising Tide North Texas and the Tar Sands Blockade. 

Scott Parkin is a long time environmental and social justice organizer originally from Texas, now living in San Franisco, CA.While living in Texas, he co-founded the Houston Global Awareness Collective (2001) and Dirty South Earth First! (2003). In 2005 Parkin was detained and then forcibly removed from Australia after being deemed “a direct or indirect threat to Australian national security” by a “competent Australian authority.” He is currently a Senior Campaigner at Rainforest Action Network, a core organizer with Rising Tide North America and sits on the board of the Ruckus Society.

scott crow is an Austin-based anarchist community organizer, writer, and trainer who began working on anti-apartheid, international political prisoner, and animal rights issues in the mid-1980s. He is the co-founder and co-organizer of several social justice groups and education projects throughout Texas and the South including Common Ground Collective in New Orleans with Malik Rahim), Radical Encuentro Camp, UPROAR (United People Resisting Oppression and Racism), Dirty South Earth First!, and North Texas Coalition for a Just Peace. He has trained and organized for Greenpeace, Ruckus Society, Rainforest Action Network, ACORN, Forest Ethics, and Ralph Nader, and many smaller grassroots groups. He is currently collaborating on long-term sustainable democratic economic mutual aid projects within Austin.




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