Building Up Tools and Ideas to Throw Down

Scott Parkin and Jake Conroy have spent decades working on some of the hardest hitting campaigns in the US over the past two decades.  From SHAC USA to the Keystone and the Dakota Access Pipelines, they have helped coordinate strong grassroots resistance through corporate campaigning against some of the largest companies in the world.

Over the course of a three hour session, Scott and Jake will discuss their personal experiences with corporate campaigning, as well as provide hands-on, interactive trainings in building campaign strategies as well as organizing and participating in direct action.  By facilitating communication, strategy-building, and interactive trainings, Scott and Jake hope to work side by side with organizers and grassroots campaigners to build stronger communities and more successful campaigns.


Described in a 2010 Nation profile article as “a straight-talking, get-things-done kind of guy, more at ease toiling behind the scenes in environmental struggles than serving as a personification of them,” Scott Parkin is a trainer, coordinator and organizer in social justice, environmental and movements. He has worked with anti-corporate global justice, anti-war, labor, environmental and climate movements in North America, Europe and Australia.

Originally from the suburbs of Dallas, TX, Scott holds a bachelors in Criminology from Appalachian State University and a masters in U.S. history from Texas A&M-Commerce.  He has worked in a variety of private and public sectors from the aviation industry to small community colleges to San Francisco based environmental non-profits.

From 2001-2005, while living and working in Houston, TX as a grassroots organizer, he organized campaigns against such notorious corporations as ExxonMobil, Halliburton and Charles Hurwitz’s Maxxam, as well as George Bush’s wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. In 2005, the Australian government detained and forcibly removed him as a “direct or indirect threat to Australian national security” after giving a series of trainings on non-violent civil disobedience and strategy.

Currently, he is a Senior Campaigner in Rainforest Action Network’s Climate and Energy program and is a member of Rising Tide North America’s core organizing collective. He has led campaigns against Wall Street banks, mountaintop removal coal mining and the Keystone XL pipeline.

He has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times The Houston Chronicle, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Australian, ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Company), Democracy Now, Inside Climate News, Vice and The Nation. His writings have been published in the Earth First! Journal, Znet, Counterpunch, Clamor, the Photojournalist, Earth Island Journal, Alternet, Truthout and Common Dreams.


Jake Conroy is a long-time activist, designer, and writer based in Seattle, WA USA. He has been involved in a wide range of activism since 1995, including various acts of civil disobedience, hundreds of protests, and countless educational outreach events. He was also a co-founder of Ocean Defense International (ODI), where he led the first ever disruption of a whale hunt in US coastal waters.

Recognizing the need for strong grassroots campaigning, Jake helped build the foundation of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty USA (SHAC USA) in 2001, considered one of the most successful grassroots animal rights campaigns in history.

Due to the overwhelming success of the campaign against an infamous animal testing laboratory, the US government prosecuted Jake and his co-defendants, known as the SHAC 7, as domestic terrorists. After a highly publicized case in 2006, the SHAC 7 were found guilty on all charges, including the controversial Animal Enterprise Protection Act and sentenced to a variety of prison terms. Jake was sentenced to 48 months, which he served in 2 prisons in southern California.

Currently Jake works for the Rainforest Action Network, an organization that uses direct action and pressure campaigns to help enact responsible corporate policies. He also organizes the Seattle Burrito Coalition, feeding the homeless communities in Seattle one vegan burrito at a time. 

Scott Parkin is a climate organizer working with Rainforest Action Network and Rising Tide North America. You can follow him on Twitter at @sparki1969

Jake Conroy is a long-time activist, designer, and writer currently working with Rainforest Action Network.

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