Hello! ๐Ÿ‘‹

Joel Izlar (CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0+)

I’m Joel Izlar (for American visitors, my last name rhymes with the licorice candy Twizzler) and welcome to my personal site.

If you’ve accidentally come across this page โ€” or even intentionally for that matter โ€” I must warn you that it’s pretty boring.

You might be better off looking at the 500 cutest animals or listening to some cool music from Tanzania.

About Me ๐Ÿ“š

I’m a Dad, social scientist, educator, tea head, noise rock enthusiast, and manic depressive. My pronouns are he/him.

I have over a decade of experience as a community worker in the US Deep South where I’ve focused on ecosocial welfare, mutual aid, and justice. I now spend most my time researching, teaching, and publishing on ecosocial community work. I am currently a PhD Candidate in Social Work at the University of Georgia (US).

I was trained in the feminist, participatory tradition, where the focus is on organizing community, not community organizing.

I believe that long-term, project-based organizing based upon mutual aid acts as a more reliable model for lasting social change than common methods that emphasize top-down, masculinist, short-term “battles” and “wins.”

This site isn’t updated very often, but I’m somewhat active on Mastodon (@joelizlar), so join me there.

If you would like to support my work, you can contribute through Liberapay or BTC: bc1q5sjlhltwane9v2y7cystfu30zqlv37mz0eycwg

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