Derrick Crowe

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Derrick Crowe

Template:TOCnestleft Derrick Chad Crowe is an Austin Texas activist. He is married to Laurie Law Crowe.


In 2018 Democratic Socialists of America member Derrick Crowe — ran for Texas Congressional District 21.[1]


According to his campaign website[2]:

"Derrick Crowe is continuing the political revolution in the 21st District of Texas. He's a proud progressive Democrat, former small business owner, and Capitol Hill professional. Derrick organizes for climate justice and advocates for fixing our rigged economy.
"Derrick worked in Washington, D.C. for senior Democrats, including House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and the top Democrats on agriculture (Charlie Stenholm) and counter-terrorism (Adam Smith). As as staffer, he contributed to the defense of Social Security and Medicare against Republican privatization pushes. As a senior communications professional, he participated in the messaging effort that helped Democrats retake the House in 2006. He also prepared senior Democrats to serve as national security surrogates for then-Senator Barack Obama's presidential campaign.
"Concerned that Washington, D.C. was aligning behind a military-first solution to a political problem in Afghanistan, Crowe left the Hill and eventually came to lead the Rethink Afghanistan project at Brave New Foundation (now Brave New Films). He won a reputation as a fierce advocate for reigning in military spending and bringing our troops and tax dollars home from wars that aren't making us safer and aren't worth the cost.
"In the nonprofit sector, Derrick Crowe focused on bettering his community and supporting those in crisis, as well as improving government transparency and ethics. As communications director for a local nonprofit focused on family and intimate partner violence, Derrick helped lead a successful advocacy effort to win more city funds to process backlogged rape kits, provide justice to survivors of sexual assault, and get serial rapists off the street.
"At the Center for Public Policy Priorities, Crowe advocated for low- and moderate-income Texans, supporting legislative agendas that benefit everyone, not just those at the top. That work followed similar efforts at the Children’s Defense Fund in Washington, D.C.
"Derrick was proud to serve as a senior staffer for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a group known for hard-hitting investigations and actions against Members of Congress and other elites who violated the public trust, targeting violators from both parties.
"Derrick is a father to Henry and a husband to Laurie Crowe. His most important goal is to have a good answer for when his son asks him, “Dad, what did you do?” during these turbulent times in our country.
"Derrick was born in Amarillo and grew up in Sunray, a small town in the Texas Panhandle. He is a graduate of Texas Tech University in Lubbock. The Crowes are members of St. George’s Episcopal Church in Austin.

Pelosi connection

Derrick Crowe was once a staffer for Nancy Pelosi.

Endorsed by People for Bernie 2018

Left Up To US Facebook Post Congratulates Derrick Crowe for winning People for Bernie endorsement January 8 2018.

Left Up To US Facebook Post Congratulates Derrick Crowe for winning People for Bernie endorsement January 8 2018.

Endorsed by Blue America

Blue America Endorses Derrick Crowe

Blue America endorsed Derrick Crowe in August 2017.[3]

From a blog post from Blue America's Howie Klein:[4]

"My first experience with Derrick Crowe goes back to when George W. Bush was president. Derrick was the organizing force behind Brave New Films’ “Rethink Afghanistan” project. What I’ve learned in all the years since: He has a visceral understanding of progressive issues and appears to be someone who will be more than just a “good vote” in Congress, but someone– like Pramila Jayapal, Ted Lieu and Ro Khanna can come forward as a natural thought leader."


According to his website, the following individuals/organizations have endorsed Derrick Crowe:[5]

Take Back the American Dream Conference 2011

Derrick Crowe Brave New Foundation, was one of the 158 speakers who addressed the Take Back the American Dream Conference 2011 . The Conference was hosted by the Institute for Policy Studies, and Democratic Socialists of America dominated Campaign for America's Future, [6]

Texas comrades

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Derrick Crowe, Jim Hightower, Rick Trevino.


Crowe and Alice Embree being arrested

The debate over Republican plans to overhaul the nation’s health care system hit the streets of Austin on Thursday afternoon as some three dozen protesters rallied outside of Sen. John Cornyn’s downtown office.

People gather to protest changes to the Affordable Care Act outside Senator John Cornyn's office on Thursday, July 6, 2017.

Demonstrators waved signs, led chants and blocked the sidewalk in opposition to the Senate GOP plan to overhaul the Affordable Care Act, which would slash coverage for many and the taxes that help pay for it.

Austin police arrested seven protesters who were blocking the sidewalk. Derrick Crowe, a Democrat running for Texas’ 21st Congressional District, was among those taken into custody, his campaign confirmed on Thursday afternoon.[7]

Alice Embree of Austin Democratic Socialists of America was also arrested.

Crowe wrote about the incident;

Health care bills don’t kill people. The Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA, the Senate version of the GOP’s Affordable Care Act repeal) isn’t a health care bill. It’s a tax cut for very rich people, financed by letting tens of thousands of people in my congressional district get sick, go bankrupt, and die.

These folks deserve someone that will stand up for them when politicians and corporations abuse them this way. That’s why I just participated in a nonviolent act of civil disobedience outside Senator John Cornyn’s office, for which I was just arrested.

Stand with us: Join our campaign to help us fight for health care for everyone in this country.
I joined a several local groups (ADAPT, Central Austin People Power, the Austin Democratic Socialists of America chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, Indivisible Austin, Left Up To US, Our Revolution - Central Texas, Our Revolution - North Austin, Texas Alliance for Retired Americans-Austin, Texas Drought Project, and others) at a rally at noon today in front of Cornyn’s office to say no — no to the attack on the sickest, most vulnerable people in our community, and no to the politics of extreme greed that brought this legislative atrocity to life.

And then, at about 12:20 p.m., a handful of us blocked the sidewalk, drawing a line in the sand against the attack on our families represented by this bill. Blocking pedestrian traffic resulted in our arrest. No one arrested the senator, though, whose office 15 floors above us has been dedicated recently to passing a bill to let thousands and thousands of us die each year.
Republicans want to kick 22 million people off of health care and let almost 100,000 people die per year due to lack of care. That’s a horrific attack on the sick and injured.
In moments like this, we are called to accept new risks to save our families and neighbors. Every person of conscience, from working-class folks out here in the district to Capitol Hill Democrats, must escalate their resistance to Trump and the GOP.

We’re running a different type of campaign here in Texas, one that stands shoulder-to-shoulder with working people in Texas 21. We’re not taking corporate PAC money, and you can expect us to keep finding ways to fight not just from behind a microphone, but also in the streets. [8]

Those arrested were Derrick Crowe, a member of Left Up To US and, Alice Embree, David Pinkham, Robin Derton, Shane Filiatrault, Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant.

ADAPT member Heiwa Salovitz, also participated.[9]

DSA comrades

Glenn Scott September 27, 2017:

With Derrick Crowe and fellow DSA members Mickey Fetonte, Brett Cotham & Susan Cotham, Courtney Szigetvari, Linda Kniolek & Glenn Scott, fighting Trumpcare ONE MORE time and we beat 'em for now!


Let's starting talking healthcare for ALL!! Thank you Bernie for introducing Medicare for All . Let's get to work educating people - we don't have to have a healthcare crisis! — with Susan Cotham, Courtney Alexa, Linda Kniolek and Derrick Crowe.

Left Up To US endorsements 2018


Monica Olvera February 22, 2018 · Austin, TX · Left Up To US endorses:

Candidate Crowe supporters

Posted by Derrick Crowe September 14 2018:


That time Glenn Scott showed up to my ballot filing in moneybags drag. We're going to miss you, Glenn. Thank you for keeping us grounded, laughing, and brave when it's hard. — with Laurie Law Crowe, Roy Woody, Jr. and Hatem Natsheh.

TARA backing

Glenn Scott September 24, 2017 ·


Texas Alliance for retired Americans Retirees Stand w Derrick Crowe running for Congress CD 21 & calling for defeat of Graham Cassidy Zombiecare!! We are fighting for healthcare for all. — with Cleaburn Zwernemanm, Anthony Padilla, Yolanda Delgado, Susan Cotham and Derrick Crowe.

Glenn Scott So great to see Left Up to Us and DSA activists at today's action to stop Zombiecare- with Oriane Leake Mihael Michael Nachbar ,Yolanda Delgado, Cleaburn Zwernemanm and Susan Cotham and Brett Cotham. We also stood for just for a Clean Dream Act and for ending mass deportation with Julieta and Montserrat Garibay of United We Dream.

Glenn Scott Derrick Crowe and Robert Derton gave the best speeches this morning. Derrick pointed out the Republican leadership says that there is NO money in the budget for healthcare and yet one Congressman is under investigation for spending hundreds of thousands of our hard earned tax dollars on private jets to party resorts. No justice No Peace!

Democracy for America

Derrick Crowe, U.S. House, Texas 21, was endorsed by Democracy for America in 2018.

A progressive activist and a former small business owner with years of experience in the government and nonprofit sectors, Derrick Crowe is dedicated to fighting climate change and protecting our environment. He plans to unseat the worst climate change denier in Congress in Texas’s’ 21st congressional district.
Derrick is a former staffer for senior Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives and has been up-close-and-personal with the legislative process since the beginning of his professional career and he knows what it takes to be an effective legislator and advocate for his congressional district.
As political director for Brave New Films, Derrick made sure the American people’s voice was heard on issues related to militarism and the Pentagon budget. He has partnered with Black Lives Matter in the past and continues to work to fight racism.[10]

Justice Democrats

Derrick Crowe TX 21 was endorsed by Justice Democrats for 2018.

Left Up To US Closed Facebook group

Members of the Left Up To US closed Facebook group, as of March 27 2018 included Derrick Crowe,[11]

LUTU supporters

Glenn Scott September 14, 2017:


Left Up To US LUTU fest with Derrick Crowe ! Come out to Spiderhouse tonite ! John Knowles , Courtney Szigetvari, Bridget Tobin, Joao Paulo Connolly, Derrick Crowe and Adrian Ricelli.

Radical staffers

Emily Isaac was in 2018, Field Director at Derrick Crowe for Congress.

Matthew Krausse was in 2018, Campaign manager at Derrick Crowe for Congress.

Ilhan Omar connection connection


Ilhan Omar with Derrick Crowe, April 2019.