Great post by my coworker Tasmiha in PopSugar today! "How I’m Reckoning With #Ramadan in an Age of #Islamophobia"
"First, we need leaders in the Democratic Party, especially 2020 contenders, to vehemently defend Rep. Omar and others being subjected to Islamophobic attacks and smear campaigns from the President and GOP establishment. Second, we need more extensive research on the rise of hate crimes and domestic white nationalist groups, and concrete policies for protecting vulnerable communities from harassment and physical violence. Third, we need our neighbors of other faiths or no faith to take proactive steps to shut down Islamophobia — whether it be in your own home, at the grocery store, or at the ballot box."
I am very excited about the @mobilizon project. Events is the one thing really keeping me on Facebook at all and SO many groups rely on it for events.
It already met its first milestone - you can donate to help it meet the second milestone - https://joinmobilizon.org/en/
Also, they're working with #ux designers from the outset. Plus it's being funded and developed by a nonprofit.
An all around great example of building the #DigitalCommons
"[Python creator Guido] Van Rossum thinks that these exchanges [contributing to open source projects] can be difficult for women because of unconscious bias and male-driven cultural norms within open-source communities...
In his experience, van Rossum sees incompetent men’s ideas gaining acceptance more often than merited because they are more forceful in how they present them."
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Infosec qtpoc Show more
Infosec peeps: I'm following an IG that just started days ago but is quickly growing. They're putting together a communal donation fund to then redistribute to any QTPOC who wish to be part of it. My concern--they currently have a visible link to a spreadsheet of the list of QTPOC and their venmo accounts. I'm very worried they are unknowingly creating a honey pot list of QTPOC. What y'all think I should say/do?
Boosts and advice appreciated
We Own It is looking for fellows interested in organizing electric co-op member owners in the US: https://weown.it/fellowship
Our latest blog post from @clayton ,
How Stewarding the Digital Commons Keeps Your Software Secure, Stable and Innovative
an especially good read for groups who use #freesoftware but need help seeing the value of it and contributing back.
Just posted a review by @mattcropp of the book Democratizing Finance about the history of the CDFI movement in the US:
I want to write a free, copyleft book about how to thrive on low income in the USA, because all the books on personal finance give advice like "don't buy a latte every day," instead of "first, get your staples at the food bank, and *then* any other food via food stamps."
I've been writing an outline, and I need more sources. What books and links can you tell me about that are like more the food stamp example? (And please retoot!)
instead of thinking about it like "the fedilab dev is charging me money because i use google play", think of it like "the fedilab dev spends time and effort on getting his app to appear on google play (including an app publishing fee), and would like compensation for that effort. the app is still available for free from github and f-droid."
i know of quite a few apps that charge money on google play, and are free from f-droid. this isn't unique to fedilab, and if i had an android app, i'd do something similar.
The Ethical Tech Giving Guide put out by the Free Software Foundation has some good recommendations
I wrote another piece! This time, I consider what kinds of things #workercoops might do here in Madison.
hey financially comfortable people, it’s expensive to be poor Show more
Recommended reading: the fee disclosures on the back of the prepaid credit cards in the gift card section at your local grocery store. Things that financially secure people may never have read.
It’s appallingly expensive to be poor. This is the entry fee to places that only accept credit cards for people without access to the banking system. Think of the online services you rely on, and then multiply the fees by all of those.
@bhaugen A second-tier co-op is a co-op of co-ops, like a meta-co-op. All the individual worker co-ops do their own thing, and also band together as organizational members of a larger association, which is also a co-op.
Where I'm going with this is that if the member co-ops are small, they likely can't afford benefits, but as a larger group, they just might be able to. Since everyone wants benefits, and there are a good number of second-tier co-ops, I'm hopeful there are examples to follow.
The sooner that we accept that corporations (specifically huge, multinational publicly traded corporations) - along with their billionaire founders/shareholders -are the problem and won't be part of the solution, the faster we'll stop wasting time and get down to the herculean task of preserving the rich life on this planet.
Now this is cool. https://agaric.coop/ I hope the market is savvy enough to recognise the value of this.
The master/slave debate Show more
Web dev in a worker coop: https://agaric.coop Fighting for greatest power possible for all people over our own lives-- soon. Meantime, i try to do no harm.
social.coop is a cooperatively-run corner of the Fediverse. The instance is democratically governed by its members, who generally share an interest in the co-op model, but topics of discussion range widely.
Our instance is supported by sliding scale contributions of $1-10/mo made via Open Collective. You must have an active Open Collective account to apply for membership; you may set one up here