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A socialist feminist, activist, labor organizer, native Texan, boot wearing, hat loving, mother, grandmother, partner, friend, and mentor
Date of Birth October 04, 1948
Date of Passing September 11, 2018
from Austin, Texas, United States
The following is the short herstory of a socialist feminist, activist, labor organizer, native Texan, boot wearing, hat-loving, mother, grandmother, partner, friend, and mentor named Glenn Scott.
Elizabeth ‘Glenn’ Scott was born October 4, 1948, in Fort Worth to Eula Mae and Charles Scott. From the beginning, she went by Glenn, her mother’s maiden name. Her brother, Nolen Scott, was born 18 months later. When she was 9, her father passed away, leaving her mother to raise 2 children on her own. They depended on social security to put food on the table and keep a roof over their head. Money was tight, but her mother scrimped and saved so her kids could go to college. After graduating from Polytechnic High in 1966, Glenn started attending college at Texas Tech.
In 1969 she was set up on a blind date with her future life partner, Richard Croxdale, a conscientious objector to the war that liked to read. They started dating that night and never stopped. March 14, 2019, would have been 50 years.
After graduating with a BA in Latin American Studies, Glenn moved to Austin to attend grad school at UT and quickly became involved in the local progressive political scene. She surrounded herself with a group of strong socialist feminists. She always surrounded herself with strong women. It was something she sought out, helped create, and constantly nurtured everywhere she went.
Throughout the 70s she worked on Austin’s radical underground newspaper, The Rag. She helped found Austin’s Bread and Roses School for Socialist Education and co-founded Peoples History in Texas, which she has stayed active with her entire life. She was also very active in the New American Movement (NAM) and was there in 1982 when NAM and the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee (DSOC) merged to form the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA).
And then, Glenn would embark on what would be her 40-year career as an organizer. Her first organizing job was in Austin with the Texas Tenants Union. She organized tenant rent strikes, fought for rent control, and advocated for warranty of habitability laws at the legislature.
In 1982 she started organizing city workers for AFSCME. She advocated for pay raises and better benefits and supported candidates that promised those pay raises and better benefits.
In 1988 she started with the Clothing & Textile Workers Union. She organized and filed grievances for hat workers, clothing workers, and boot makers all over Texas. This is where her love for union-made boots and hats started.
In 1994 she worked for the Texas AFLCIO workforce Transition Project. She helped displaced workers find training and new jobs when factories would close down and made sure the owners didn’t cheat on their responsibilities.
In 1996 she started organizing teachers at AFT/Education Austin. Advocating for pay raises, handling grievances, pushing for better conditions for children and teachers, and again supported candidates that promised to provide those better conditions.
In 2007 AFT National drafted her to become a National Rep sending her to organize for special hot spots all over the country.
In 2011 she joined the National Nurses Union where she represented nurses in El Paso. She had a lot of fun doing that!
Glenn was 36 when she gave birth to her one and only child, naming her Tillie, after feminist author Tillie Olsen. She would raise her to be proud of her body, trust her instincts, nurture her female friendships, follow her heart, work hard, and work for a better community .
In 2015, Glenn ‘retired’. With an open schedule and the energy of a thousand horses, she got to work organizing for workers’ rights, immigration justice, reproductive justice, Social Security, Medicare for all, paid sick leave, affordable housing, and on and on. She was co-chair of Austin’s DSA and president of the Austin chapter of Texas Alliance for Retired Americans. She built coalitions, connected people, brought people into the fight, protested, block walked, and generally raised hell. But her favorite thing to do was mentor young activists.
She loved live music, Texas Wildflowers, the Texas Coast, the Spanish language, archeology, history, traveling, colorful hats, good food, and good company. She loved and cherished her partner, her daughter, her family, her friends, and her work. She had an infectious laugh, a lovely singing voice, and always insisted on a picture.
Central to everything was socialist feminism. It informed her life, work, activism, and role as mother, partner, friend, and mentor. It is a way to live and collaborate and fight with love rather than hate. She fought for Bread. She fought for Roses. She lived a meaningful, loving life to the fullest.
She is survived by her family - Ricky, Tillie, Hermann, Hendrix, Chama, Nolen, Nevan, Aubrey, Alice, Yajaira, Teidy, Arianne, and her friends, for which there are hundreds
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