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 protest 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. Access to quality health care is an important issue everywhere, and one we must work to protect in every corner of the world.
In 10 U.S. states, you can stop health care from facing a monumental crisis. If you live in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Maine, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, or West Virginia, you can help save health care. Use these scripts to call your Senators right now. If you want, you can also use our adapted 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 the American Health Care Act.
[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. Hepatitis is a major global health problem that needs a global response. This often fatal infection is highly preventable, but around the world, many people are not receiving testing, prevention, and treatment, especially in low- and middle-income countries. Join the World Health Organization's #ShowYourFace campaign by sharing a selfie and actions people in your country can take to fight hepatitis globally.
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.
Our health isn't just about our bodies, of course. Once you take action to save our health...
TAKE ACTION to save the planet!
As the U.S. withdraws from the Paris Climate Accord, the first international climate protection act of its kind, we're thinking a lot about Neville, Ginny, and Luna. They chose to fight for Hogwarts, their home, even when the future was frightening and unclear. They chose to keep fighting and inspiring others to never give up.
When we talk about climate change, we're talking about our home. All of us, every muggle and magical person, have only one home. We have Earth. It has never been up to our leaders alone to watch over. It has always been our home to protect.
Adapting the world to climate change is going to involve destroying an awful lot of horcruxes and simply put, the world can't do it without you. Today, pledge to be like Neville and keep inspiring others to defend the only home we have.
To join our #BowtruckleFacts Protest:
Did you find a Bowtruckle protesting climate change? Carry it to a new location and post it on social media using #BowtruckleFacts. Do you want to add your own bowtruckle to the movement? Find the guide to make a bowtruckle here and give it a protest sign! Place it somewhere in your community and remember to share it with #BowtruckleFacts!
If you have 2 minutes:
Sign up for action alerts from 350.org, an international organization that is building the global grassroots climate movement.
If you have 1 hour:
Invite a friend to explore our Fantastic Beasts Climate Change toolkit with you. What changes can you make together to help protect our planet?
If you have more time:
Research environmental organizations (or even HPA chapters) in your city and join them! You can help educate your community, host events, and maybe even change policy. No groups near you? Think about hosting a Zero Waste party - you can talk to your friend about changes you want to make to defend our magical home - maybe you can even show Fantastic Beasts!
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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 email@example.com.