Author Archives: ilyse kazar

About ilyse kazar

Ilyse Kazar is a planeteer. She is also a writer, small-org consultant, solutions architect, community organizer, animal lover, eternal student, and amateur artist. She lives and works in the Lower East Side NYC.

Breaking up the Cauc-Asian Male Tech Cartel

It seems to me that, at least in the United States, the degree to which males, whites and to some extent Asians are overrepresented demographically among software developers, savvy application and web power-users, and website administrators is tantamount to an … Continue reading

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Grassroots Tech: Managing Volunteers

In many small grassroots groups I have been involved in, there are real challenges put upon leaders and coordinators (who are likely already putting in time and shouldering a task list way beyond the normal scope of human capacity) to … Continue reading

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AMEN, Arundhati!

Arundhati Roy in Adbusters, “Decolonize the Consumerist Wasteland: Re-imagining a World Beyond Capitalism and Communism”. She holds out hope for Bubble Up Change in its most fundamental, pure form — as coming from aboriginal peoples who have preserved their spiritual … Continue reading

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Thank You Aaron, R.I.P. and let us never forget

PREFACE: I am short on time and greater thinkers than I have extensively covered Aaron Swartz’s life, his work and suicide. This is not intended as a research piece, but rather a reflection along thought lines I have already been … Continue reading

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Jelani’s Campaign Goes Interactive

Jelani Mashiriki’s campaign to represent the 35th District on the New York City Council was skillfully poised for action (or, really, interaction) and sent out this email only two days after winding up the grueling fundraising process candidates must go … Continue reading

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Facebook v Email for Grassroots Organizing

Some of us, and I include myself in this critique, spend so much time with phone in hand or in front of laptop screens, reading Facebook notifications rolling in and posting and sharing on our profiles and in groups and … Continue reading

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Earth Matter NY – Learning, teaching, partnering, doing

Earth Matter NY is a tiny not-for-profit organization headquartered in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, “dedicated to advancing the art, science, and application of composting in and around New York City.” Earth Matter might seem to be about compost, but there … Continue reading

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Family Roots Rock the Rustik

On September 25 at the Rustik Tavern in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, a crowd of more than 100 people convened for the launch of a new political campaign — Jelani Mashariki is running for a seat on the New York City … Continue reading

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#Occupy Activist Jelani Mashariki to Run for New York City Council

Bum Rush the Vote announced today the second candidate to run under their people’s PAC banner — Jelani Mashariki is launching his campaign to represent his Brooklyn district in the New York City Council this evening with a fundraising party … Continue reading

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Trash sorter fights wage theft, and wins

(This post was originally published in Workhorse Politics) This vid was made by the venerable organization Interfaith Worker Justice. It’s a heart-warming success story told with great humor by Cleve Williams, a trash sorter at an Ohio recycling plant. Cleve … Continue reading

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