- 1 Town Hall Forum on the Unemployment Crisis
- 2 Unemployment and Tenant Organizing Town Hall
- 3 Socialist Alternative
- 4 Socialist Alternative - Austin, TX Weekly Meeting
- 5 Caught by informant
- 6 Propaganda
- 7 Power for Texas Workers - Socialism for The South
- 8 Revolutionary Strategies to Beat the Rising Right Wing
- 9 Democratic Socialists of America - Permian Basin
- 10 References
Town Hall Forum on the Unemployment Crisis
Town Hall Forum on the Unemployment Crisis on Sunday, August 16, at 8:00 PM Eastern.
The forum will feature conversations with Elise Bryant, President of the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW); Kooper Caraway, President, Sioux City Central Labor Council; Brad Crowder, Austin Unemployed; Bill Fletcher, Executive Editor of globalafricanworker.com and former director of TransAfrica Forum; Joe Henry, President, Iowa League of Latin American Citizens; and Judith LeBlanc, Director, Native Organizers Alliance.
Unemployment and Tenant Organizing Town Hall
In July 2020 the Claudia Jones School for Political Education hosted an Unemployment and Tenant Organizing Town Hall for residents in the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia (DMV) area in the form of an online Zoom Webinar. Seven panelists who work in the local area, as well as one panelist from a national labor organization, were invited.
The panelists included: Cheryl Brunson of the Brookland Manor and Brentwood Village Tenants Association (D.C.’s largest remaining affordable housing complexes), Rosemary Ndubuizu and Shakeara Mingo of ONE DC, Zillah Wesley of Poor People’s Campaign D.C., Jon Liss of New Virginia Majority, Brad Crowder of the Communist Party USA Labor Commission, and Will Merrifield, a candidate running for D.C. Council who has worked closely with tenant associations around the area advocating for universal housing, education, and employment opportunities.
Organizers with the Claudia Jones School say the aim of the event was to facilitate a community-led dialogue between organizers in the area and to put unemployed people and tenants in contact with one another to strategize about ways to advocate for themselves as a collective.
The Claudia Jones School is currently contemplating ways to enhance dialogue between participants and panelists in an online format such as a webinar, seeking to raise the voices of everyone in the discussion while maintaining safety and technological feasibility. The intention is to create a consistent meeting place for poor and working-class people in the community so that they can organize and mobilize in the face of untenable material conditions. The School aims to replicate similar strategies that the Communist Party USA used to create the successful Unemployed Councils (UC) during the Great Depression in the 1930s.
As Jaime Cruz (who emceed the event and is a founding member of the Claudia Jones School) mentioned in the introduction to the town hall: “In moments of joblessness in the past, working people have coordinated the fightback against employers and forced the government to provide the necessary relief that working people needed…. It is this generation’s turn to pick up the mantle and build a mass movement of unemployed councils that will address the economic needs of our multi-racial working class in all areas of the country—inner urban, suburban, town and rural.”
In 2015 Brad Crowder was a member of Socialist Alternative - Austin.
Socialist Alternative - Austin, TX Weekly Meeting
Socialist Alternative - Austin, TX Weekly Meeting 926 E Cesar Chavez St, Unit C1,Austin, Thursday 18 June 2015, 19:00 till Thursday 18 June 2015, 20:30
Organized by : Socialist Alternative - Austin.
- Weekly meeting of the Austin branch of Socialist Alternative. We will be discussing our current roles in helping workers to organize at their jobs. We will also discuss what we can offer in our alliance with Ratpac, a radical trans workers organization.
Those indicating attendance on Wherevent included Crystal Davila, Natalia Rocafuerte, Vanessa Schaefer, Elle Zenitram, María Limon, Lucy Murphy, Zach Guerinot, Robert Griswold, Richard Swafford, Jacob Branson, Ted Anderson, Jesús I'x Nazario , Matthew Wackerle, Steven Walters, Matt Gramann, Jeremy Granados Brad Crowder, Marco Gutierrez, Karl Herrera, Joseph George.
Caught by informant
For a few days in September 2008, as the Republican Party kicked off its national convention in St. Paul, Minnesota, the Twin Cities were a microcosm of a deeply divided nation. The atmosphere around town was tense, with local and federal police facing off against activists who had descended upon the city. Convinced that anarchists were plotting violent acts, they sought to bust the protesters' hangouts, sometimes bursting into apartments and houses brandishing assault rifles. Inside the cavernous Xcel Energy convention center, meanwhile, an out-of-nowhere vice presidential nominee named Sarah Palin assured tens of thousands of ecstatic Republicans that her running mate, John McCain, was "a leader who's not looking for a fight, but sure isn't afraid of one either."
The same thing might have been said of David McKay and Bradley Crowder, a pair of greenhorn activists from George W. Bush's Texas hometown who had driven up for the protests. Wide-eyed guys in their early 20s, they'd come of age hanging out in sleepy downtown Midland, commiserating about the Iraq War and the administration's assault on civil liberties.
St. Paul was their first large-scale protest, and when they arrived they were taken aback: Rubber bullets, flash-bang grenades, tumbling tear-gas canisters—to McKay and Crowder, it seemed like an all-out war on democracy. They wanted to fight back, even going so far as to mix up a batch of Molotov cocktails. Just before dawn on the day of Palin's big coming out, a SWAT team working with federal agents raided their crash pad, seized the Molotovs, and arrested McKay, alleging that he intended to torch a parking lot full of police cars.
Since only a few people knew about the firebombs, fellow activists speculated that someone close to McKay and Crowder must have tipped off the feds. Back in Texas, flyers soon began appearing at coffeehouses urging leftists to beware of Brandon Darby, an "FBI informant rat loose in Austin."
In October of 2010, a journalist named Matthew Vadum reported that Soros was "bankrolling a documentary that celebrates left-wing terrorists who plotted to napalm Republicans at the 2008 GOP convention in Minnesota." A trailer for the film, titled Better This World, suggested that the terrorists in question - David Guy McKay and Bradley Neil Crowder - were merely idealistic activists who “set out to prove the strength of their political convictions to themselves and their mentor.”
- Yet another study has been released proving that watching Fox News is detrimental to your intelligence. World Public Opinion, a project managed by the Program on International Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland, conducted a survey of American voters that shows that Fox News viewers are significantly more misinformed than consumers of news from other sources. What’s more, the study shows that greater exposure to Fox News increases misinformation.
Power for Texas Workers - Socialism for The South
1161 Angelina St,Austin, Thursday 22 September 2016, 19:00 till Thursday 22 September 2016, 20:30 Organized by : Austin Socialist Collective
- We are the Austin branch of Socialist Alternative, an organization dedicated to the advancement of socialist, independent working-class politics.
- Four worker organizers from the Austin and San Marcos Socialist Collectives will discuss how they are building a new radical working class formation in Central Texas and the South.
Those indicating attendance on Wherevent included Jessica D'carlo Sanders-Adams, Kennedy Swift, May Olvera Herz, Taylor Danielle Cavin , Melissa Elfont , Nicole Stasek , Anne Bannister , Amelia Rubenstein, Richard Swafford, Andrew Dobbs, Bill Atkinson, Omar Camilo Lopez, Matthew Krausse, Jason Lopez, Joseph George, Drew De Los Santos, Joao Paulo Connolly, Jordan Fox, Tomas Diaz de Leon, Salvador Herrera, David Durbin, Andrew Messamore, Anthony Shull, Kynan Murtagh, Roland Michael Sanchez, Ian David , Joshua Freeze, Brad Crowder, Joshua Perez, Timothy Jerecuaro, David Simoneaux. 
Revolutionary Strategies to Beat the Rising Right Wing
Revolutionary Strategies to Beat the Rising Right Wing, was a nationwide conference call organized by Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Sunday October 30, 2016.
- What's the nature of this right-wing threat? What has this election cycle changed about the political terrain we're fighting on? How do we need to prepare for whats coming after the election? Hear about these crucial questions from our panel of top political strategists, including Nelini Stamp, Bill Fletcher, Jr., Linda Burnham, and Sendolo Diaminah.
Those indicating they would attend, on Facebook included Brad Crowder.
Democratic Socialists of America - Permian Basin
- Wherevent Socialist Alternative - Austin, TX Weekly Meeting
- Mother Jones, How a Radical Leftist Became the FBI's BFF JOSH HARKINSONSEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2011 ISSUE
- George Soros Discover the Networks, Nov. 26, 2010
- Wherevent, Power for Texas Workers - Socialism for The South
- FB Revolutionary Strategies to Beat the Rising Right Wing Went 109