TAKE ACTION w/ #NEVILLEFIGHTSBACK
"The thing is, it helps when people stand up to them, it gives everyone hope. I used to notice that when you did it, Harry.”
- Neville Longbottom
TAKE ACTION to protect our health!
Anyone who ends up in the hospital wing as much as Harry Potter can tell you - it's hard to save the world when you're sick or injured. But imagine if halfway through his time at Hogwarts, students were suddenly barred from the hospital wing in order to provide tax cuts for people like Umbridge and the Malfoys. With no place to regrow your bones, recover from a curse, or get treated for a basilisk staring contest, our heroes wouldn't have been able to save the world - but at least a couple rich folks would get richer right?
Wrong. The fight to protect the Affordable Care Act has had some fantastic wins lately, but this issue seems to be a lot like Voldemort - no matter how many times we beat it, it just keeps coming back. This time, it's in the form of the Graham-Cassidy repeal bill, and it's bleak: it targets women's health and family planning, doesn't cover pre-existing conditions, cuts coverage for low-income seniors, children, and people with disabilities, and would make 32 million people lose their healthcare coverage.
Thing is...heroes don't backdown, even when Voldemort comes back. Find your Senators and their numbers here and use our script especially for witches, wizards, and magical folks:
Hi, my name is _________ and I’m a constituent in [your zip code]. I’m calling because I want Senator _______ to know that I care passionately about the Affordable Care Act and urge them to vote NO on Graham-Cassidy. This bill would leave an estimated 32 million people without coverage - it is up to us to protect them.
[If ACA has directly impacted you or those you know, now would be a good time to share a little bit about that.]
I'm a member of the Harry Potter Alliance, an organization that helps fans make the world better. Our heroes are constantly facing injury from monsters, magic spells, and happiness-killing Dementors. Fortunately, they had a strong health care system to preserve their health and mental health. This allowed our heroes to focus on fighting Voldemort - but without a good safety net, one bad accident could have sent Harry back to the cupboard under the stairs. And then who would defeat Voldemort? Please remind Senator _______ to fight for a better, Voldemort-free world and preserve the Affordable Care Act.
Calling is easy and vitally important. But, if you prefer to write rather than call, you can! Use the phone scripts to write your email. You can even include talking points about the bill, the ACA, and Medicaid.
Take action anywhere in the world with two more actions:
1. Rally your friends to call their lawmakers. You can use the search feature on Facebook to see which of your friends live in key states like Arizona, Alaska, Arkansas, Maine, Kentucky, West Virginia, Ohio, and Colorado. Reach out to them personally and ask for them to call their Senators and save healthcare.
2. Write a Letter to the Editor stating what you believe we should be doing to make health care accessible to all and encouraging others in your community to take action! Letters to the Editor are short (just a couple sentences) and can help get your message beyond your usual social circle.
TAKE ACTION to oppose white supremacy, nazism, and other death eater beliefs
Harry Potter is the story of a bespectacled boy and his heroic friends and family risking everything to protect the world from prejudiced, hate-fueled Death Eaters seeking to wipe out people who are different than them. Neville was one person among many who refused to be silent when Death Eaters invaded his home. His actions were hard, uncomfortable, and scary - and they made a difference. Yours will too.
Right now: On social media and denounce the actions of white supremacists in Charlottesville and everywhere. Let us see your pledge by using #NevilleFightsBack.
Today: Act with Solidarity Cville and call the office of Judge Richard Moore of Charlottesville Circuit Court (434–970–3766) to urge him to dismiss an upcoming court case for which there is an August 30 hearing, disputing the ability of the City Council to remove the Robert E. Lee statue that white supremacists are defending. Here’s a sample script:
I’m leaving a message for Judge Moore regarding the upcoming Monument Fund hearing, scheduled for August 30. As someone concerned about community safety, I strongly urge you to join the City of Charlottesville in dismissing this case, which will continue to sow violence in the community. Thank you.
You can also email this message to Clerk of Court’s: firstname.lastname@example.org and Chief Deputy Clerk of Court: email@example.com and send written mail Subject Line: Re: Payne et al v. City of Charlottesville (Case #CL-17–175): Hon. Judge Richard Moore, Charlottesville Circuit Court, 315 E. High Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Tomorrow: Have a conversation about privilege with a friend or family member who may have trouble recognizing their own prejudices. How have you internalized messages about people of color and Jewish people (and people who are both)? Have you spoken out when people have expressed prejudice towards these communities? If not, how come? How will you take action now? Let us know what you are thinking with #NevilleFightsBack.
If you're able: Provide financial support for ongoing mental healthcare, trauma counseling, and living expenses for Black organizers as well as victims of violence Friday and Saturday, especially people of color by donating to Black Lives Matter Charlottesville.
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Sometimes, it can feel like problems are just too big - like we can't influence policy, or like hatred and bigotry are too powerful. At those times, we remember Neville Longbottom.
When Hogwarts was overtaken by Death Eaters, Harry, Ron and Hermione left Hogwarts to destroy Voldemort's horcruxes. Neville and Luna Lovegood stayed behind - but they didn't stay quiet. They disrupted life at Hogwarts, resisting the "new normal" and speaking out against cruelty and hatred at every opportunity. Neville managed to destroy a horcrux, and his efforts meant that Hogwarts never abandoned the people that called it home.
Neville wasn't quiet when he was afraid - and you don't need to be, either. #NevilleFightsBack is here to serve as an action center for Dumbledore's Army, including resources and new actions that you can take to keep the resistance alive at Hogwarts: volunteer, donate, protest, educate, and contact your lawmakers.
- Work IRL: Join or start a chapter in your community
- Defense Against the Dark Arts: Politics for Beginners [English] [Português] [More languages to come!]
- Tips for Making Calls & Writing Letters (via Accio Books & the American Library Association's National Library Legislative Day)
- American Civil Liberties Union
- Amnesty International
- Black Youth Project 100
- Define American
- Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund
- Lambda Legal Defense Fund
- League of Women Voters
- Native American Rights Fund
- National Center for Transgender Equality
- The Southern Poverty Law Center
Have other resources you'd like to see here? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.