Most people know Ilana Glazer as the person who wrote, directed and starred in the hit Comedy Central show, “Broad City.” But Glazer is more than an actress and comedienne; she is a also a political activist currently involved with an initiative called the Generator Collective Series.
The Generator Series produces educational and political events that are designed to “inspire Americans to engage in the democratic processes by sharing their experiences,” according to their website. Generator Collective Series tickets are affordable, the average price being under $20. Their goal is to make political information easy to understand and accessible to people of all economic backgrounds.
On February 4th, Glazer produced one of these events at Baby’s All Right in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. For this, the Generator Collective joined forces with two other non-profits: The Bail Project (TBP) and Indivisible Nation: Brooklyn.
100% of the ticket profits from the February 4th event in Williamsburg were donated directly to The Bail Project, a non-profit organization “designed to combat mass incarceration by disrupting the money bail system – one person at a time.”
Marti G. Cummings, a well-known drag artist and City Council candidate for District 7 took to the stage to inform attendees about issues within NYC. Cummings spoke about overcrowded public schools, the over-policing of black and brown communities, and he gave advice on how to support immigrant or undocumented people and families.
Glazer invited members of the audience onstage to share their experiences, whether distaste or happiness, about policies, politicians or any other topic in the American justice system. Glazer records these moments, known as “Genny with a Frenny,” live on Instagram for her 1.2 million followers.
Shelton McElroy mounted the stage after a brief dance break to talk about the importance of TBP. “You get a better outcome in this system if you’re wealthy and guilty than if you’re poor and innocent. But that’s what y’all are changing!” He yelled in regard to the ticket profits that directly help marginalized people afford bail.
The next Generator Collective Series hosted by Ilana Glazer will be on Tuesday, March 3rd at the Pearl Street Warehouse in Washington DC.