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“Because that's what Hermione does,” said Ron, shrugging. “When in doubt, go to the library.”
For Hermione, Harry, and Ron, the library plays an essential role in saving the world. Without the library, they wouldn’t have protected the sorcerer's stone, defeated the basilisk, or developed the knowledge they needed to save the wizarding world.
Muggle libraries are fighting to save the world, too. From fighting fake news to making knowledge and technology accessible, libraries work to level the playing field for all communities. But right now? Things aren’t looking good for libraries. The White House’s proposed budget completely eliminates the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). IMLS is responsible for nearly all federal funding for libraries. No IMLS means no federal funding for thousands of libraries across the U.S. In many communities, this will mean reduced hours and services. For many others, this will mean the library permanently closes their doors on the future Hermiones, Harrys, and Rons that would have organized there.
Ready to fight back? There are several actions we can take right now:
--> Call your Members of Congress – ask them to publicly oppose wiping out IMLS, and ask them to commit to fighting for federal library funding. Look up their numbers here and use the script:
Hi, my name is _________ and I’m a constituent in _______ [zip code]. I’m calling to urge _______ [name of Member of Congress] to protect libraries and publicly oppose wiping out IMLS.
As a Harry Potter fan and wizard activist, it’s important to me that libraries are open and accessible in my community. Whether they’re facing a book report or a basilisk attack, I want children in my community to have the resources they need. Hermione Granger helped save the world by using the library. It’s important to me that _______ [name of Member of Congress] help save the world, too, by protecting federal funding for libraries by preserving IMLS. I look forward to seeing how they will fight for libraries, and will take their actions into consideration when they’re up for reelection. Thank you.
--> Once you’ve called, share your library’s IMLS story using the #SaveIMLS tag – tell us how IMLS funding supports your local community. If you aren’t sure which IMLS grants your library as received, you can check the searchable database available on the IMLS website.
--> Keep resisting: Register to participate in National Library Legislative Day on May 1-2, either in Washington, D.C., or online. Join the ALA, HPA, librarians and wizard activists from around the country!
For Hermione - and for all the Hermiones who need libraries in their community - wands up! Let’s go #SaveIMLS
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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
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