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 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: email@example.com and Chief Deputy Clerk of Court: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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!
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.
Reminder your lawmakers that you don't want them to backdown, even when Voldemort comes back. Find your lawmakers 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/Representative _______ to know that I care passionately about the Affordable Care Act and urge them to maintain constant vigilance when it comes to defending the ACA.
[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.
TAKE ACTION to save the internet!
At the HPA, we know a thing or two about the power of the Internet. We use it everyday to connect with other wizard activists in our effort to change the world. Afterall, our chapters span six continents - that means we rely on an open and fair Internet to allow us to share our message as far and wide as possible. The way the law stands, we have the same access to the online community at large as all of our biggest allies and adversaries, and it acts as the great equalizer in the sharing of ideas.
But what if that wasn’t the case?
Without net neutrality, we would see the end of an era of unprecedented openness online. If Cable corporations get their way, traffic throttling, website blocking, and extra Internet fees could soon be the new norm. The Internet is facing one of the greatest threats in its entire history. We cannot afford to lose Title II net neutrality.
Like Neville Longbottom, we cannot stand up to the FCC and Big Cable alone. We need help from our friends. That's why on July 12th, 2017, websites, companies, Internet users, and online communities will come together to sound the alarm about the FCC’s attack on net neutrality. We’re asking you to join a massive, Internet-wide Day of Action to save the open Internet. Learn how you can join the protest or spread the word starting now.
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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.